Band on the gal­lop

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BAND OF HORSES Olympia The­atre, Dublin To­mor­row 8pm ¤26 0818-719300 You’d be stak­ing your claim on Grammy-nom­i­nated Band of Horses too eas­ily if you called them a tra­di­tional Amer­i­can rock band. This is ba­si­cally true, but there’s some­thing about the way that front­man/ singer-song­writer Ben Brid­well man­ages to bring the mu­sic back from the precipice of or­di­nar­i­ness that marks the Seattle/South Carolina group as one of the best of their gen­er­a­tion.

If you must, push them onto the plateau oc­cu­pied by the likes of Fleet Foxes, Iron & Wine, Wilco and The Avett Broth­ers. Add to this list the oc­ca­sional out-there right­eous­ness of Neil Young at his most psyched-out and melodic.

The re­sult – as cap­tured on al­bums such as 2010’s In­fi­nite Arms and this year’s Mi­rage Rock – is an out­fit that catches the imag­i­na­tion while per­form­ing some of the best alt.folk-in­flu­enced gui­tar rock you’ve heard in a long, long time.

TONY CLAY­TON-LEA

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