When Band of Horses emerged in 2006, some critics couldn't get past the resemblance to My Morning Jacket's post-rock meets alternative country anthems. And when singer and songwriter Ben Bridwell howled about "evil people who say things they don't know" he sure sounded like Jim James at a prescient weed party. But a decade on, Bridwell and his band have outlasted and outrun the doubters. This year's full-length, Why Are You OK?, finds Band of Horses most fully committed to its own sound: exhilarating dynamics, strangely meditative atmospheres, and those gorgeous harmonies that wheel ever higher over those always majestic, ever jamming guitar chords.
Gimme Shelters: Southern California rockers the Shelters open up this evening with smartly strutting hooks and get-down grooves. Their garage definitely faces the beach.
Watch the video for "Casual Party" from the new album below:
Band of Horses
8 p.m. Wednesday, November 30. The Pageant, 6161 Delmar Boulevard. $32.50 to $40. 314-726-6161.