Posted in music | pictures on September 18, 2011

photos by Autumn Andel

Cass McCombs @ MusicFestNW
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I was actually more excited to see Cass McCombs than Band of Horses, as I had yet to see him live and really, his songs are just better. I was not disappointed. McCombs and his band played a serene set of emotionally resonant music, highlighted by the material from his latest album, Wit's End. Frankly, a lot of this brilliance was lost on the crowd there...

Band of Horses! People love these guys. I get it, the songs are easy to like, even easier to identify with, and super easy to gain indie cred with. Now, I know I'm sounding like a hater, and I'm not really, I love the band's debut album. I just don't think they're doing anything unique or very interesting nowadays. It's like they found the formula for instant success with any song and they're sticking to it. So, for me, their set was blah squared. They played a couple tracks off that beloved debut, a smattering of songs from their last couple releases, and even some new new, untitled works that are in the process of becoming another new album. Singer Ben Bridwell's voice was hoarse from a long tour and at times he shied away from the more soaring elements of his harmonies, but for the most part it was a nice end to the festival, and that was enough. -[The Portland Mercury]

Band of Horses ended Portland festival MusicFestNW's 5th and final day on 9/11 at Pioneer Square, aided by support from Cass McCombs, and Morning Teleportation. Pictures, which are our final set from the 2011 festival, are in this post.

Members of Band of Horses will be performing at two separate shows in NYC in October, on the same day.

MFNW Day 4 pics HERE. Day 3 pics HERE. Day 2 HERE and HERE. Day 1 HERE. Day 5 continues below...

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Comments (5)

Portland = white

Love it here though...

Posted by Anonymous | September 18, 2011 7:22 PM

kougiodjkdfg

Posted by Anonymous | September 18, 2011 8:17 PM

he looks old

Posted by Anonymous | September 18, 2011 9:03 PM

Cass McCombs was definitely one of the most boring live shows I've seen in my life and I had hopes...

Posted by Anna Amnesia | September 19, 2011 2:06 AM

He's looking rough

Posted by Anonymous | September 19, 2011 1:40 PM

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