Band of Horses
Sunday :: Esurance Main Stage :: 7:15 p.m.
— Brian F. Johnson
It’s pretty much guaranteed you’ll hear someone during the Band of Horses set talk about how much they sound like My Morning Jacket, mostly because of the vocal similarities between Jim James of MMJ and Band of Horses lead singer Ben Bridwell. But don’t let that sway you one way or another. There are similarities but Band of Horses is its own (cough) animal. Formed by Bridwell and guitarist Mat Brooke in 2004 following the dissolution of the band Carissas Weird — an orchestral pop group — Band of Horses have become media darlings with rave reviews in Rolling Stone, SPIN and Pitchfork. They’re the hip band to watch, and for once, that hip band has some substance.