As indie rock has steadily gained popularity over the past few years, Band of Horses emerged as a flagship act, spring-boarding toward a certain kind of hushed stardom. Actually, it's not so quiet anymore—TV appearances, a song on the most recent Twilight soundtrack, and a No. 7 Billboard charting for their latest record (Infinite Arms) reveal just how much mainstream acceptance the group has. The fans who have been around since their debut may want to believe that the band is still some personal secret, but it's a lost cause. The musical landscape has changed, and Band of Horses have changed alongside it, moving towards alt-country twangin' and pluckin', but the band's ear for broad pop hooks and massive arrangements has been present the entire time. The major-label-mandated coat of gloss on their recent material is largely unnecessary, but it's part and parcel of the rock star treatment, and there's no more use in denying that Band of Horses are now rock stars. With Bryan Cates. All ages.
Sat., July 17, 7 p.m., 2010