Photos: Of Monsters and Men, Hot Chip, The Postal Service and Band of Horses Play the Boulevard Pool and The Chelsea

The Postal Service. Photos: Al Powers / Powers Imagery
The Postal Service. Photos: Al Powers / Powers Imagery

The Cosmopolitan of Las Vegas closed out the Spring Concert Series at the Boulevard Pool on Saturday night with indie rockers Band of Horses concluding two weeks of stellar music.

Icelandic folk-rockers Of Monsters and Men kicked off the second week of the series on Wednesday. The quartet performed tracks off of its debut album My Head Is An Animal, including “Mountain Sound” and the hit single “Little Talks.” Of Monsters and Men got hands swaying and feet moving as the group delved into a poppy, folk-tinged set.

Electro group Hot Chip continued the series on Thursday with an unapologetically dance-worthy set, forging the perfect synthesis of electronics and live instrumentation. Hot Chip layered computer-based beats and poppy, synthesized tunes with smooth guitar and bass riffs. Powering dancers for over an hour, Hot Chip’s dynamic set included “Flutes“ from the 2012 album In Our Heads and the group’s most notable indie single, “Over and Over.”

On the heels of their 10-year anniversary, Death Cab For Cutie lead singer Ben Gibbard’s seminal indie side-project The Postal Service played a sold-out show inside The Chelsea on Friday. Gibbard, with producer Jimmy Tamborello and singer/songwriter Jenny Lewis played through the band’s first and only album, Give Up, which was re-issued with two new tracks on Tuesday, April 9. Songs like “We Will Become Silhouettes,” “Nothing Better” and the iconic single, “Such Great Heights,” launched the crowd into bittersweet nostalgia, while simultaneously proving The Postal Service is just as relevant as they were 10 years ago.

Band of Horses’ signature blend of folk harmonies and mid-tempo rock n’ roll resonated throughout the Boulevard Pool, closing out the Spring Concert Series on Saturday. With an attentive audience locked in on them, the South Carolina natives brought a little bit of their hometown to the desert with hits like “Funeral,” “No One’s Gonna Love You” and “Is There A Ghost,” leaving their indie mark on a handful of Americana-steeped tunes.

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