Typically, whenever I see a band multiple times, it’s usually the first performance that stands out as my favorite. I’d seen Band of Horses several times over the years (the first being in January of ‘08 at the Paradise Rock Club), and I enjoyed each show. However, the sold out acoustic show at the Somerville Theatre this past Tuesday night easily became my favorite.
Earlier this month, Band of Horses released Acoustic at the Ryman, a fantastic live album recorded at the Ryman Theatre in Nashville, TN. I’m definitely a fan of acoustic performances, and this format seems to suit them well.
The Somerville show had beautiful sound, a respectful crowd, and a solid setlist. A few standout songs include “No One’s Gonna Love You”, “The Funeral”, and “Is There A Ghost”, but honestly the whole show was great. The setlist (below) was on par with most other acoustic tour dates so far, with the exception of one song, “13 Days”. After “The Funeral”, a fan yelled out out for it, and it appeared Ben initially sort of shrugged it off, but then decided to give it a try. They’ve played the song live before, but never acoustic.
Band of Horses continue their acoustic tour (dates) and play NYC tonight. If you missed the show, they will be coming back the area when they play the Newport Folk Festival Friday, July 25th.
You can purchase their album Acoustic at the Ryman here.
Setlist, photos, and videos from the Somerville show below. Sera Cahoone (Seattle, WA) opened.