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Ben Bridwell Hatin' on YouTube?

UPDATE: Ben Bridwell talks about the San Diego Canes show on Pitchfork .

I went to the Band of Horses show last night at Canes Bar and Grill . They were great -- Bridwell's voice is mesmerizing and he really belts it out. Their guitar-driven sound was in full effect - soaring and then halting in song after song.

Ben Bridwell and Mat Brooke of Band of Horses

Want to see it on YouTube ? Not sure you will. A couple of people were videotaping up front and Bridwell got pretty testy with one of them . During the band's performance of "The Funeral," their big hit from Everything All the Time, Bridwell flipped the fan off and mumbled something about how she was just looking for a few minutes of YouTube fame. He later apologized for the remark, but my guess is, for some fans, the damage was done.

Now, maybe it's annoying to have a bunch of video cameras on you while you perform, but here's the thing: YOU ARE ON A STAGE! This kind of thing comes with the territory in today's world.

And, who cares if she was recording for YouTube? It's only more publicity for the band. One of the guys with us decided to come to the show based on what he saw on YouTube!

What do you think? As audience members, is it annoying to have people videotaping a band while you're trying to watch a show? How many of you check out a band on YouTube before going to see them? As a musician and performer, does Bridwell have a point?

One other thing, Band of Horses has a new CD coming out in October. Despite Bridwell's momentary cranky-pants attitude, I'm still looking forward to it.

-- Angela Carone produces arts and culture programming for These Days and Culture Lust . Please read our guidelines before posting comments.