Band of Horses Review: Mirage Rock

Band of Horses

Mirage Rock

Band of Horses Mirage Rock album cover art

Band of Horses hail from the musically rich Seattle along with other new Americana bands like Fleet Foxes, Moondoggies, and The Cave Singers. Frontman Ben Bridwell has everything a Seattle rocker needs: a kickass beard and an endless supply of plaid shirts.
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My Morning Jacket Chicago Show Review

My Morning Jacket with Band of Horses
Jay Pritzker Park Pavilion in Millennium Park
Chicago, IL
August 22, 2012

My Morning Jacket live in Chicago August 22nd live show review

I wasn’t planning on writing on this show – or even going to this show for that matter – but a last second cheap pair of tickets and a deep love for my morning jacket has caused me to do the opposite on both friends. Alex Thompson wrote an extensive review of a My Morning Jacket/Band of Horses show for our blog a couple weeks ago, so feel free to look at that. I will keep my thoughts short and specific to the Chicago show.
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My Morning Jacket at Red Rocks Show Review

My Morning Jacket with Band of Horses
Red Rocks Amphitheatre
Morrison, CO
August 3, 2012

My Morning Jacket Live Show Review at Red Rocks

If you’ve ever been to Red Rocks, you know that there is no place on the earth quite like it. If you’ve ever been to a My Morning Jacket concert, you know that there really isn’t anything like it either. Combining the two? That sounded like one damn good show to me.

The only time prior that I had seen MMJ was for their 2008 tour and their subsequent stop at Red Rocks with opening band The Black Keys. Yeah, it was pretty awesome, so my expectations were quite high coming into the show.
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LxListening: Under the Covers

Woman, under covers

On “Codeine“, Jason Isbell sings “If there’s one thing I can’t stand, its this bar and this cover band”.  I’m not sure which he hates more; the bar or the cover band.  But in the right situation I love both of these things, and find reason to disagree with Mr. Isbell.  So, for today’s installment of LxListening I have decided to pick out 5 recent covers that deserve a little recognition.

What makes a good cover you ask me?  In my opinion, a good cover doesn’t try to reenact or mimic the original song, instead trying to take a new musical angle.  This can be anything from completely changing the arrangement, to changing the style of the music, to changing the pace.  Sometimes, a cover may be so ironic (as you’ll see below) because of who is singing it that it deserves a little attention.  Either way, check out a few of these gems below and decide for yourself whether you think there is any added value to these cover songs.  Enjoy.
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