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Coachella 2009 30/30 Initiative: Band of Horses

Posted by Amoebite, March 24, 2009 06:12pm | Post a Comment
127 Bands, 5 Stages, 3 Days and 1 Mean Sunburn.

"Coachella Valley Music and Arts Festival - April 17-19th, 2009 or: How I Learned To Stop Worrying and Find 30 Reasons To Love a Weekend in the Desert."

- By Scott Butterworth

Coachella LineupBand of Horses

Day #8 - Artist #8 - Band of Horses:
Band of Horses
Sub Pop, the Seattle record label that threw kindling on the spark of Grunge music with early signings of Nirvana, Soundgarden, and Mudhoney in the late 1980s, deserves their own stage at this year's Coachella festival. With appearances from four of their artists, Fleet Foxes, Band of Horses, Blitzen Trapper, and No Age, toting some of the "buzzworthy-ist" albums of the past year, Sub Pop is still staying relevant in the indie rock world with 20+ years under their belt.

Among those in the Sub Pop fraternity, Band of Horses has the largest font size on this year's Coachella lineup. The Seattle-based band were first discovered and signed by Sub Pop while opening for future label-mate Iron & Wine during local area shows. Band of Horses released their debut album Everything All The Time in 2006 and grabbed attention with the standout track "The Funeral." They followed that up quickly with Cease to Begin in 2007. Again the band gained critical attention from songs "Is There a Ghost" and "No One's Gonna Love You," finding its way to many yeBand of Horsesar-end "Best of 2007" lists. This is the kind of band you can gain "indie-cred" from by introducing to your guy friends, and get just as many "sensitive-guy points" for putting it on a mixtape to impress that certain girl.

Their performance on April 18th at Coachella is one of the more highly anticipated sets on Saturday night. Though they are not going to be promoting any brand new music, according to an article in Rolling Stone, after festival season the band will be heading back indoors this October to work on their third album.

Band of Horses performed live at Amoeba Hollywood on October 10, 2007. Here's the video from that performance:


"No One's Gonna Love You" from their newest album Cease To Begin (2007):


"The Funeral" from Band of Horses' debut album Everything All the Time (2006):


"The Funeral" definitely got love from the indie music scene, but it looks like it is getting some love from the Hip Hop crowd as well, with Kanye West's new protoge, Kid Cudi, sampling the song on his recent mixtape.

"The Prayer" from Kid Cudi's mixtape A Kid Named Cudi (2008):


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Relevant Tags

Sub Pop (10), Blitzen Trapper (1), No Age (13), Fleet Foxes (3), Band Of Horses (9), Coachella 2009 (26), Kanye West (27), Kid Cudi (11), The Prayer (1), The Funeral (1)