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ACL Live Shots

Reviewed by Dan Oko, October 3, 2008, Music

Band of Horses

Sunday, Sept. 28, Zilker Park

If Band of Horses can be seen as a reincarnation of the Band, that makes Ben Bridwell Rick Danko and Robbie Robertson rolled into one. Meanwhile, it appears that Bridwell has found his Richard Manuel in the band's new keyboardist, Ryan Monroe, who contributed plenty of energy to this stellar sunset performance. Relying heavily on tracks from the recent Cease to Begin, the brothers in arms managed to wrap up tight harmonies and kick out a few piano jams, adding color and musical strength to BOH's standard three-guitar onslaught. The crowd roared along to early hits such as "The Great Salt Lake" and an astounding version of "The Funeral." Smelling the barn, apparently, the Horses rode a Pentecostal vibe through Bridwell's soulful cover of Them Two's "Am I a Good Man?"

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