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- Posted on Jun 19th 2010 10:16AM by Dan Reilly
The AOL-sponsored pop-up show took place in the famed train station's Vanderbilt Hall, with the high ceilings and stone walls adding a natural reverb that perfectly fit the South Carolina rockers' lush songs. For a show announced a little more than 24 hours earlier, the hall was packed with hundreds of die-hard Band of Horses fans, some of whom had driven from Ohio -- Spinner got to meet them after they contacted us via Facebook -- to see the group in such an unusual setting.
After opener 'Ode to LRC,' the band's set was a mix of fan favorites and songs off their latest album, 'Infinite Arms,' which displayed how versatile Band of Horses have become. From Ryan Monroe's booming keyboard intro to 'Compliments' to Tyler Ramsey taking lead vocals for the acoustic duet of 'Evening Kitchen' with Ben Bridwell, the quintet proved that the new, harmony-laden material translates to the stage as well as any of their older tracks.
Band of Horses ended their set with a pair of songs from their first LP, 2006's 'Everything All the Time.' The mellow 'Monsters' sounded pristine in the vast hall and ended with Monroe holding the final keyboard note long enough for Bridwell to trade his lap steel guitar for an electric six-string. With that transition complete, the crowd erupted as he delicately picked the opening notes to the band's best-known song, 'The Funeral.' With the audience clapping along and the band playing at their loudest of the night, it was the perfect end to this one-in-a-lifetime show for a visibly elated Band of Horses.