Mic Check: Band of Horses at the Beachland on Friday

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Band of Horses plays the Beachland tomorrow night.
Band of Horses made one of our favorite albums of 2007, Cease to Begin. In essence, it’s about frontman Ben Bridwell’s move back home to South Carolina from Seattle. It has to do with family, a girl, and getting his head straight. It’s an often complex and perplexing work, fueled by Bridwell’s sometimes-obscure lyrics and laid-back vibe. (For the complete story behind the album, read our interview with Bridwell in this week’s Scene.) Grabbing inspiration from Neil Young, Built to Spill, and My Morning Jacket, Band of Horses are a lo-fi jam-band that injects their indie-rock with a bit of twang. There’s a lot going on in the songs – then again, there really isn’t. Unlike 2006’s plugged-in debut, Everything All the Time, Cease to Begin is a softer and simpler record, one that builds on lost spirits (“Is There a Ghost?”), lost love (“No One’s Gonna Love You”), and a retired basketball player (“Detlef Schrempf”). If you can get into the Beachland on Friday, do it. -- Michael Gallucci Band of Horses, 9 p.m. Friday, January 25, at the Beachland Ballroom. The show is sold out, but you may -- may! -- be able to find some tickets on craigslist or elsewhere. For a preview, listen to “No One’s Gonna Love You” below:

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