For the past decade, Band of Horses have been compared countless times to the likes of Neil Young and Crazy Horse, but they’ve never been a mere “retro rock” band. Led by songwriter and sole constant member Ben Bridwell, they debuted in 2006 with the pastoral Everything All the Time, one of the most acclaimed straight-up rock records of that year. Some have criticized the Seattle group’s sonic monotony, but in the context of their complete catalog, it’s clear they’re simply one of the bands to bridge rock’s past and present. Their latest album and first LP in four years, June’s Why Are You OK, has been widely praised as the best Band of Horses release since 2007’s Cease to Begin. It’s the result of Bridwell experimenting with his compositional process, working out of his converted garage as opposed to his past method of isolating himself somewhere far from home. Highlights include the jammy “Casual Party” and “In a Drawer,” the latter featuring a welcome guest vocal from Dinosaur Jr. frontman J Mascis. With Wild Belle.