It's another "Pop-Up and Unplugged Show" for listeners of WEDG, the Edge, this one featuring Band of Horses. The show is at 6:30 p.m. Nov. 2 at the Town Ballroom and free tickets are available now by tuning into the station at 103.3 FM.
With the release of its fifth album, “Why Are You Ok,” in June, Band of Horses moved firmly into its status as keepers of the alt-country/indie-rock flame, in an era when the very word “indie” is more commonly applied to hipsters with laptops than it is to mildly melancholy, dreamy, harmony-heavy guitar-based music in the Byrds/Wilco/Ryan Adams lineage.
Led by singer and primary songwriter Ben Bridwell, the Seattle-born quintet entered its 12th year with some of the most dynamic and heart-rending music of its career. It also found a way to deal with subjects very few songwriters are able to tackle in a convincing manner. Parenthood, marriage and the inevitable ties that bind crop up throughout “Why Are You OK," yet the music’s air of elegant bohemianism is never sacrificed for their inclusion.
Band of Horses has done the unthinkable – entered middle-age with its fire, creativity and penchant for the achingly grandiose rock gesture intact. This is a group that excels in the live concert setting, when its music takes on a majestic quality and the listener is reminded that thoughtful guitar-rock is far from an anachronistic thing of the past.