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photos by Mimi Hong
Conor Oberst, Dawes & Larkin Poe @ Summerstage -- 7/29/14
"Each stage of Oberst's career is intentionally different than previous iterations (we are talking about the guy that released an electronic and acoustic album on the same day), but Dawes and the others had no problems keeping true to their spirit. The organ from "If The Brakeman Turns My Way" was spot on, and the strings and brass nicely accompanied their respective songs. Once again, Goldsmith deserves a special mention for his guitar playing that at times was reminiscent of Mark Knopfler's during the 80s.Conor Oberst (now past fake rape accusations) and Dawes are no strangers to supergroups and collaborations. In addition to Bright Eyes and the Mystic Valley Band, Oberst has been known to team up with M. Ward, Mike Mogis and My Morning Jacket's Jim James as Monsters of Folk. John McCauley of Deer Tick and Matthew Vasquez of Delta Spirit joined Taylor and Griffin Goldsmith of Dawes to play as Middle Brother. Pretty cool to now see another variation of all this folk and country tinged rock n' roll with the joining of Conor and Dawes on this current tour, where Dawes is both opening and backing Conor.
The encore consisted of two of the five tracks from I'm Wide Awake played that night, and both were smart choices. First was "Lua", played with minimal backing and ended with another trumpet on solo by Walcott, a performance that I will certainly not forget, it was moving and sweet; a beautiful coda on an already beautiful song. And lastly there was "Another Travelin' Song," a song that speaks for itself."
[Pancakes and Whiskey]
Last week that tour hit Central Park Summerstage (a venue that Dawes have also headlined) for a big NYC show one day after the boys (and sister duo Larkin Poe who were are also in Conor's band) hit Letterman to perform "Hundreds of Ways" off Conor's new album Upside Down Mountain (out now via Nonesuch). A day before that they were all at Newport Folk Fest for a 12 song set that you can listen to at NPR.
Letterman video and more pictures from Central Park, along with setlists, are below...
You may have heard that in 2013 Conor Oberst was accused of rape by a fan, Joan Elizabeth Harris, but has now apologized, saying her accusations were 100% false. In a new public statement, Conor has accepted her apology, saying:
I have accepted Joanie Faircloth's apology and retraction to clear my name. This has been extremely difficult and stressful for me personally and for those I love. I'm appreciative of the family, friends, fans, and business partners who supported me throughout this and look forward to happier times as we all move forward with our lives.Conor's tour with Dawes hits Central Park Summerstage later this month.
"Conor claims Joanie's just an embittered superfan, who gushed about him and Bright Eyes as recently as January 2013 -- writing about how the last time she saw Conor in concert is her best memory ever. She even listed "Bright Eyes" as her favorite band on Facebook." [TMZ]
Conor Oberst's new album is titled Upside Down Mountain and it's out on Nonesuch on May 20. The album was produced by Jonathan Wilson and features guest vocals from First Aid Kit. The first single is "Hundreds of Ways," which will be out as a 7" on Record Store Day and you can stream it right now, below.
Around the time of the album's release Oberst will begin his summer tour which currently wraps up in NYC at Central Park Summerstage on July 29 (Rumsey Playfield).
No word on when tickets go on sale for the Summerstage show but you can keep checking Ticketmaster. Early in the tour, Oberst will be in the NY area for a show at Long Island's The Space at Westbury on May 22. No word on tickets for that show either.
UPDATE: Tickets for both NYC-area shows go on sale Friday (2/14) at noon and Dawes open both shows.
Speaking of, Jonathan Wilson is in NYC this week: Bowery Ballroom on 2/12 and Music Hall of Williamsburg on 2/14. Tickets for both are still available.
All Conor Oberst dates are listed, along with the new song stream, below...
still from 'Inside Llewyn Davis'
Inside Llewyn Davis is the new Coen Brothers film starring Oscar Isaac, Carey Mulligan, John Goodman, Garrett Hedlund and Justin Timberlake, which has been on the festival circuit this year (including this fall's New York Film Festival) and will open in December. The music in the film was executively produced by T-Bone Burnett, and mostly consists of covers of old folk songs. The soundtrack will be released on November 12 via Nonesuch.
The film's music will be celebrated and performed in NYC on September 29 at Town Hall during a big concert that features Jack White, Patti Smith, Colin Meloy (The Decemberists), Conor Oberst, Joan Baez, Marcus Mumford, Gillian Welch & David Rawlings, Punch Brothers, Avett Brothers, Milk Carton Kids, Rhiannon Giddens (Carolina Chocolate Drops), and more, in addition to some of the film's cast, including Oscar Isaac, John Goodman, Carey Mulligan, and Stark Sands.
Concert flyer and film trailer, below...
photos by Sachyn Mital
"Conor Oberst was nothing short of spectacular tonight at Carnegie Hall" - Conor Merryman
"conor oberst at carnegie hall was an amazing evening." - Dustin Hellinger
Conor Oberst has been on a solo tour which he brought to NYC's historic Carnegie Hall on Thanksgiving Eve (11/21) for a show with Ian Felice (of The Felice Brothers). Conor played a bunch of Bright Eyes cuts like "At the Bottom of Everything," "Lua," "First Day of My Life," and others. Check out the setlist below. Plus, he played material from Conor Oberst and the Mystic Valley Band, Monsters of Folk, and a few new ones, including one called "Common Knowledge," which you can watch a video of below. Conor brought out a handful of guests on stage including Nate Wolcott, and others.
More pictures from the show, a couple videos, the setlist, and a list of all remaining tour dates, are below.
Halloween (more by Jessica Amaya)
today in NYC
* Halloween parade
* Whiplash @ UCB
* Brain Cloud @ Barbes
* Chicha Libre @ Barbes
* Ween @ Hammerstein Ballroom
* Yukon Blonde @ The Rock Shop
* Dome Theater, Vaz @ Zebulon
* Jonathan Toubin @ Glasslands
* Murphy's Law & friends @ Trash Bar
* SBTRKT, AraabMuzik @ Bowery Ballroom
* DJ Gibby Haynes on a Rocks Off Cruise
* Misfits, Juicehead @ B.B. King Blues Club
* Queensryche, Sonic Bliss @ Highline Ballroom
* Matthew Sweet, The Shadowboxers @ City Winery
* Dionne Werewolf, Hall-oween and Oates @ Union Hall
* Karl Berger's Stone Workshop Orchestra @ The Stone
* Reverend Vince Anderson & His Love Choir @ Union Pool
* PC Worship, Gary War, Amen Dunes, Noveller @ 285 Kent Ave
* Friend Roulette, Huntronik, Clouder, KNTRLR @ Bruar Falls
* The Dearloves, Black Onassis, deVries, BNLX @ Mercury Lounge
* Dream Zoo, Rachel Mason's Little Band of Sailors, Ed Askew @ Delancey
* The Black Angels, Psychic Ills, Exit Music @ Music Hall of Williamsburg
* Vital Remains, Strong Intention, Prostitution, Gang Signs @ Saint Vitus
* Jim Campilongo Electric Trio w/ Tony Mason & Stephan Crump @ Living Room
* FIXED Halloween w/ The Magician, Plastic Plates, JDH & Dave P @ Public Assembly
* Twin Guns, Baxx SiSis, Your 33 Black Angels, Madam Robot and The Lust Brigade, Apollo Heights @ Spike Hill
Notorious Bright Eyes fan Amanda Palmer took a shower, dried off, drew some eyebrows on, put on her underwear, drank some juice and then got in bed and played a Bright Eyes song on her ukelele, as you can see in the video below...
photos by Tim Griffin
James Blake / Kanye West
"Light sprinkles ushered in the first day of the tenth annual Austin City Limits Music (ACL) Festival, but it was a welcome reprieve from the humid heat that has been plaguing the area and the state. Music and festival fans came in droves to see their favorite ACL artists, and rumors swirled throughout the day as to who the main headliner of the evening, Kanye West, would share the stage with..." [Pegasus News]Kanye, who was playing opposite Coldplay on Friday night, didn't share the stage with anyone except his dancers. Those who have seen or read about any of Kanye's recent shows know what his set at ACL looked like, complete with multiple acts, ballerinas and big backdrops.
Austin City Limits continues today, Saturday (9/17). You can stream it online. More pictures from Friday below...
photos by Dana (distortion) Yavin
"How the hell in the world did i end up at a dr dog/bright eyes show?" - Big Troubles
"dr. dog just slaughtered providence. bright eyes are mopping the floor trying to clean up the bloodbath that was dr. dog." - Deer Tick
"dr. dog is opening for bright eyes. oh. news to me.
what a wonderful surprise." - Josi Gula
"Bright Eyes/Williamsburg Waterfront has taken the #1 spot in my Best Concerts of 2011 list. Apologies, Ra Ra Riot/Prospect Park." - Jenny Owen Youngs
"$50 a ticket for dr. dog/bright eyes. i will never ever be a bright eyes fan now. I hate you conor oberst. hate." - Sarah M
Dr. Dog @ Williamsburg Waterfront
Bright Eyes @ Williamsburg Waterfront
Bright Eyes, Dr. Dog and Real Estate played Brooklyn's outdoor Williamsburg Waterfront on Wednesday night (8/31). A set of pictures from that show continues, along with Bright Eyes' setlist, below...
The MTK: Music To Know Festival planned for Saturday - Sunday, August 13 - 14, in East Hampton, New York, is cancelled. A statement is as follows:Strangely Escape to NY, the other new Hamptons music festival, is going on as planned as we speak. Patti Smith and Best Coast played it last night.
"It is with heavy, heavy heart that we regret to inform you that the inaugural MTK: Music To Know Festival in East Hampton will not take place. Despite our unique vision and arranging a world-class line-up, ticket sales were not adequate to allow the event to continue. We wanted to let everyone know now before engaging more deeply.
Along with our ticket holders, vendors, sponsors, business associates, colleagues and friends in the community, we too are filled with deep disappointment. We pledge to endure during this difficult time with the same integrity and professionalism displayed throughout the creation of this event.
Ticket holders should check www.musictoknow.com next week for more information.
The MTK Fest's lineup included Vampire Weekend, Chromeo, Dawes, Bright Eyes, M Ward, Ra Ra Riot, Fitz and the Tantrums, Matt and Kim and more.
Truck America, another NY Festival, was cancelled last week (though no official announcement has been made about that yet).
As mentioned, Music to Know Fest makes its debut in East Hampton, NY over the weekend of August 13-14, and features artists such as Vampire Weekend, Bright Eyes, Matt & Kim, Ra Ra Riot, Dawes, and others. Set times have been announced for the festival, which you can check out below.
MTK, not to be confused with Escape to NY, have also teamed up with MTA Long Island Railroad (LIRR) to add an official westbound train for concertgoers:
The train, departing from the LIRR East Hampton station at 10:56 PM, is aptly timed to ensure concert goers will have sufficient time to enjoy the day's line-up and festivities and will be making all the local stops on Long Island into Brooklyn and Manhattan.For more fun, you can download the official MTK 2011 App for iPhone, iPod touch, and iPad at the iTunes app store. The fest also features fashion tents. According to a press release:
The fashion pop-up tents will be set up in a "retail village" and the merchants are anything but your average festival brands. Mary-Kate and Ashley Olsen were first to purchase pop-ups from MTK: Music To Know - planning to debut their much-anticipated website StyleMint and their successful contemporary line Elizabeth & James to the crowd of almost 10,000 people gathered at the event in the Hamptons during the height of the season.Hmmm... Tickets for the festival are still available. Set times and a list of the clothing brands that will be on display at the fest below...
Lykke Li at Webster Hall in May (more by Amanda Hatfield)
Lykke Li will head out on a short tour in November with First Aid Kit. That tour includes a stop at NJ's Wellmont Theatre on November 17. Tickets will go on sale shortly. No NYC date has been announced for this tour at the moment, but maybe one will be after Lykke Li plays her August 1 show at Summerstage with Timber Timbre, though that show is sold out.
Lykke Li will also perform "Youth Knows No Pain," off her recently released Wounded Rhymes on The Tonight Show with Jay Leno on August 4.
First Aid Kit are currently recording an album with Mike Mogis of Bright Eyes, who they tour with in September. That tour doesn't come through NYC but Bright Eyes play Williamsburg Waterfront with Dr. Dog on August 31. Tickets for that show are still available.
All dates below...
Dr. Dog at Terminal 5 in February (more by Amanda Hatfield)
A couple of weeks later they'll take part in another waterfront show in their home city...
"Music, film, visual arts and more will highlight the inaugural WHYY Connections Festival Friday, September 2 and 3, 2011. This exciting event, hosted by WHYY in partnership with the Delaware River Waterfront Corporation, will kick off Friday evening with a special advanced screening of episode 1 of Ken Burns' Prohibition. On Saturday, WHYY will showcase its commitment to the arts with live musical performances by Dr. Dog, The Baseball Project, Toy Soldiers, Kuf Knotz, Birdie Busch, and more!"Dr. Dog are also at work on a new album. Check out a set of pictures from the recording sessions at their facebook. All tour dates below...
Andrew Bird @ the Guggenheim in 2010 (more by Dominick Mastrangelo)
today in NYC
* Sketchfest @ UCB
* NRBQ @ Maxwell's
* Gyan Riley @ Barbes
* Lou Canon @ Sycamore
* Alex Waterman @ The Stone
* Cosmo Baker @ Brooklyn Bowl
* Josh T. Pearson @ Joe's Pub
* Ford & Lopatin @ 285 Kent Ave
* The Jack Grace Band @ Barbes
* Chambers, Sermon @ Saint Vitus
* Sensory Defect, Hypoxia @ Europa
* Nature Boys, Hay Baby @ Don Pedro
* Theophilus London @ Brooklyn Museum
* Andrew Bird @ Prospect Park Bandshell
* Deep Purple @ PNC Bank Arts Center
* DJ Jonathan Toubin @ Home Sweet Home
* Les Paul Birthday Celebration @ Iridium
* Brooklyn Folk Festival @ Jalopy Theatre
* Idle Warship (Talib Kweli) @ BB Kings
* Wet Ink Ensemble @ Issue Project Room
* Telmary Diaz @ Brooklyn Academy of Music
* The Notorious MSG, Hsu-Nami, Runny @ Brooklyn Bowl
* The Dodos, Gauntlet Hair @ Music Hall of Williamsburg
* Endless Boogie, Purling Hiss, Bogan Dust @ Death By Audio
* Pablo Picasso, Patrick Cleandenim, Triple Hex @ Union Pool
* Shadowbox, Beacon, Rifle Recoil, Dead Phones @ Cake Shop
* Chris Bathgate, Apex Manor, The Long Eye @ The Rock Shop
* Dengue Fever, The Eternals, Minerva Lions @ Highline Ballroom
* Bush Tetras, Sediment Club, Delphine Blue @ Le Poisson Rouge
* Quilty, The Great Valley, Nude Sunrise, Alan Gesso @ Shea Stadium
* The Dead Tricks, Crazy Pills, Luxurious Faux Furs @ The Gutter
* Derrick Hodge, Kendrick Scott Oracle, Alan Hampton @ 92YTribeca
* Black Leather Jesus, Vomir, Skonhet, Diablov, EID @ Silent Barn
* Memoryhouse, High Highs, North Highlands, Wonder Bear @ Glasslands
* Nurit Tilles (Music of David Mahler and Donald Ashwander) @ The Stone
* James Vincent McMorrow, Lady Lamb the Beekeeper @ Mercury Lounge
* ARMS, Thunder and Lightning, Harper Blynn, Backlights @ Cameo Gallery
* DJ Quik, Whyteout, Rich Famous, Charlie Buko, Beezy Arive @ Knitting Factory
* Ollabelle, Amy Helm, Byron Isaacs, Tony Leone, Fiona McBain, Glenn Patscha & Jimi Zhivago @ City Winery
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Saturday is a naked bike ride.
Sunday is the Tony Awards.
Ford & Lopatin play 285 Kent tonight, and are on the bill of the recently-announced PS1 Warm Up schedule.
Jonny and Apex Manor @ The Bell House is cancelled, but Apex Manor plays The Rock Shop tonight with Chris Bathgate.
New Villager, who recently played a show at the Brooklyn Museum, dropped off the Shea Stadium show tonight.
Theophilus London plays the Brooklyn Museum tonight.
Bright Eyes, who have a show coming up at Williamsburg Waterfront, made a video for "Jejune Stars." Check it out below.
People at Williamsburg Waterfront last year (more by Benjamin Lozovsky)
This summer's Williamsburg Waterfront concert season begins this weekend with a free show on Saturday (6/11) (5:30pm doors). For what it's worth, that show is Coheed and Cambria, Adrian Belew Power Trio and Tigers Jaw, but it is free. It's also one of three currently announced free shows (there will be five free shows total, one of which will be classical music). The other two announced free events are Eugene Mirman and Pretty Good Friends (Patton Oswalt will be one of those friends!) and special musical guests They Might Be Giants on July 29, and a children's show with Moey's Music Party and Story Pirates (who recently hosted a benefit) on June 19 at noon.
Ticketed shows include Death From Above 1979, Death Cab for Cutie, Sonic Youth, Bright Eyes, Thievery Corporation (with Dam-Funk & Master Blazter and Raphael Saadiq opening), TV on the Radio, Fleet Foxes and more. Check out the full lineup with openers listed below...
Bright Eyes at Sasquatch 2011 (more by Josh Darr)
More artists have added Williamsburg Waterfront shows to their summer schedules. Bright Eyes' Radio City opener Wild Flag already have a waterfront show with Sonic Youth and Kurt Vile. Now Conor Oberst and co. have scheduled one too, on August 31. Tickets go on sale Friday (6/3) at noon.
Bright Eyes are keeping pretty busy this summer, touring and playing festivals. They just played Sasquatch, and are also scheduled to play Lollapalooza, ACL, and Music To Know Fest which is in the Hamptons two weeks before they play Brooklyn. All dates are listed below.
The other new Waterfront show, jam band fans will be happy to know, is Athens, Georgia band Widespread Panic who will play the outdoor space on September 17. Hide your
wife weed. Tickets go on sale Friday (6/3) at noon.
All Bright Eyes dates below...
photos by Josh Darr
"Wolf Parade's bombastic performance on day two of the 2011 Sasquatch Music Festival was a bittersweet one: After finishing a tour last year in support of its third album, Expo 86, the band announced that it would be going on indefinite hiatus after a small number of shows in 2011. Its set at Sasquatch was its penultimate performance, and it played with the force of a band that knows it will soon be playing its ragged, world-weary songs for the last time." [listen to it @ NPR]If you're just joining us, the pictures start HERE. The rest of Day Two below...
The 10th Anniversary ACL Festival line-up is on the books. Stevie Wonder, Arcade Fire, Kanye West, Coldplay, My Morning Jacket, Fleet Foxes, Alison Krauss and Union Station, Nas & Damian "Jr Gong" Marley and Cee Lo top the bill of the over 130 bands. Bright Eyes, Social Distortion, Empire of the Sun, Santigold, Pretty Lights, TV On The Radio, Skrillex, Big Boi and Randy Newman are also on tap to rock September 16-18.3-Day passes are sold out. 1-Day passes go on sale at 10am. Full lineup below...
alternate headline: Vampire Weekend headlining Hamptons Music Fest, go figure
Vampire Weekend @ Coachella 2008 (more by Ryan Muir)
MTK: Music To Know Festival announces its inaugural line up headlined by Vampire Weekend on Saturday, August 13th and Bright Eyes on Sunday, August 14th. Other confirmed bands include Matt & Kim, Cold War Kids, Chromeo, Tame Impala, Ra Ra Riot, Fitz & The Tantrums, Tom Tom Club, Dawes, M Ward, We Are Scientists, The Limousines, Naked and Famous, Francis and the Lights, Suddyn, Nicos Gun and Young Empires -- 18 of today's most critically-acclaimed and successful new, emerging and well-known bands. The music begins at noon each day, ending at 10PM.Cheesy marketing and opinions of the ritzy location and potential crowd aside, I have to say that MTK did a pretty kick-ass job of curating a relevant indie rock lineup for an East Hampton crowd (filled with bands that do a good job of moving tickets, relatively speaking). Tickets are on sale now. Two-day passes start at $195 each+fees+parking if you need it. VIP tix will cost you much more.
According to Co-Founder Chris Jones "The Hamptons are a unique market to say the least -- full of decision makers, trend setters, and taste generators who have always been eager to embrace the best and the brightest in our culture -- whether that is in literature, film, fashion or music. We are excited to bring this collection of artists together in our community, and hope this is the first of many annual events."
Without knowing how willing people are to travel to the Hamptons, how many people are already in the Hamptons, and how many tickets they need to sell (possibly only "9,500 people over both days"), it's hard to guess how successful the fest will be (from a business/longevity point of view) (Bing is a sponsor so that probably helps), but it definitely beat expectations so far (relatively speaking). More details below...
Lollapalooza last year (more by Josh Darr)
Lollapalooza celebrates its 20th anniversary this year with some huge names on its just-announced lineup. See it in full below.
The festival has obviously changed over the years. What started out as a farewell tour for Jane's Addiction with a 'touring festival' lineup that included the Rollins Band, Nine Inch Nails, Butthole Surfers, and Souxsie & The Banshees, has turned into a one-weekend Chicago festival that Lady Gaga co-headlined last year. As leaked a while ago, Foo Fighters, Muse and Eminem all play this year, as will Coldplay, Cee Lo Green, and My Morning Jacket along with the reunited Cars and the continuing-to-be-reunited Big Audio Dynamite and Death From Above 1979, and a bunch of other bands which may or may not be worth the ticket price depending on how you feel about the headliners and generally seeing bands in big, hot, outdoor crowded parks (Lollapalooza happens in Chicago's Grant Park from August 5th - 7th).
Full 2011 Lineup and a couple of videos (one from 1991, one from 2010), below...
photos by David Andrako
Big Audio Dynamite
As you know, Arcade Fire played a light-up beach ball-filled headlining show on Saturday, and Odd Future made their presence known to crowd members, security and those watching Lil B, but other exciting stuff, like the reunited Big Audio Dynamite killing it (and bringing some to tears), happened too. The only unfortunate part of BAD's set was that Wire, who people keep reporting was "underattended," were on at the same time. Wire was also up against the very popular Mumford & Sons who played before Animal Collective who played before Arcade Fire.
Animal Collective got their usual mixed reaction thanks in part to their usual choice of playing whatever they want no matter how big the crowd and who's on before and after them. Anonymous | April 17, 2011 6:32 AM said, "fuck animal collective. people went to the festival to have fun [,not] to have images of cum projected for an hour while the boring drones. they had the deadest crowd i've seen on the main stage so far." Anonymous | April 17, 2011 8:25 AM basically agrees and said, "AC should have never been allowed on that stage in that time slot. The worst." Anonymous | April 17, 2011 1:33 PM says, "guys AC just sucks, this ain't no new mystery.... it's almost as if they try extra hard just to be that terrible and make the crowd feel like a bunch of tools for giving them money... They're prob just a social experiment by banksy anyway." But Anonymous | April 17, 2011 3:22 PM asks, "so AC sucks for trying to make innovative, artistically rewarding music instead of god-awful corporate college-rock like arcade fire? every song is like, the same four chords played over and over and over again."
Mumford & Sons went on after Bright Eyes who went on after Broken Social Scene who went on after Erykah Badu aka Erica Abi Wright aka Loretta Brown aka Annie aka Analog Girl in the Digital World aka Medulla Oblongata, etc. (she was great despite technical difficulties).
Neko Case helped make the New Pornographers shine under hot sun. Empire of the Suns won best costumes of the day. Phoenix New Times says...
"Also, I suppose yesterday was the "Fuck Arizona" day at Coachella -- Jenny & Johnny, Bright Eyes and One Day as a Lion all had sets during the day. I actually saw someone wearing a Sound Strike t-shirt on Friday. Wearing that shirt to a music festival is doing about as much as de la Rocha and Oberst are collectively doing to combat SB 1070."The third and final day of Coachella 2011 is underway and streaming on the internet as I type this. Our pictures from Friday are HERE. Check out more pictures from Saturday, below...
photos by Tracy Allison, words by Erin Allison
Bright Eyes headlined Radio City Music Hall in NYC twice this week. - March 8 & 9. Conor Oberst's Merge label-mates Superchunk and Wild Flag also opened both nights. I was there on the 2nd night which is also when the pictures in this post were taken.
Wild Flag, the all-girl group from Portland, comprised of Sleater-Kinney and former Helium members took the stage at 8pm for a rocking, half-hour long, six song set. Wild Flag also played The Rock Shop twice on March 5th.
If you would have told a younger Oberst at age thirteen that Superchunk would be opening for his band he would have "kicked you in the shins." The pop-punk band, who released their 9th album this past September, were equally enthusiastic to be opening for Bright Eyes, with singer (and Merge head honcho) Mac McCaughan telling the audience that playing a venue like Radio City alongside bands like Wild Flag and Bright Eyes "makes you feel part of something bigger."
As Oberst took the stage, members of the audience could be heard shouting "Welcome back, Conor!" Bright Eyes played a perfect mix of new and old music during the twenty-song set and three-song encore. The theme for the night seemed to be sexually explicit material, with a dash of family. Two songs were dedicated "to Nancy", the Bright Eyes frontman's mother. Oberst shared the stage with only Nathaniel Wolcott for "Ladder Song," and talked about Lent, telling all of Radio City that he had given up apologizing for the next 40 days. The politically active Oberst discussed the U.S. government trying to control the whole world and encouraged people to do what they can to make a change before playing "Old Soul Song".
There was dancing, tears, squealing audience members, and screams when Oberst jumped into the audience during the encore. Fans could not have been happier to have Bright Eyes back, and as it was eloquently put, "Coberst killed it." Free Gotham said:
"The highlight of the evening? I loved "Hot Knives," "Bowl of Oranges," "Lover I Don't Have to Love" and "Ladder Song," but the epitome of Bright Eyes had to be the performance of "Shell Games." Not only is this one of the best tracks off of The People's Key, it was without a doubt the best song of the night."The full setlists for both nights, more tour dates, some videos, and more pictures from night two, below...
Titus Andronicus (more by kolored)
Did you get tickets to the sold-out Willie Mae Rock Camp For Girls benefit at Mercury Lounge on Thursday (2/10)? If you didn't, that's OK... you can still see Titus Andronicus in the coming weeks, in the general area, and for a good cause. The NJ band will play on 2/26 in Manville, NJ at the VFW Hall as part of a benefit for NJ Children's Specialized Hospitals. The show will also feature an appearance from The So So Glos and tickets are on sale.
Besides those benefit shows, Titus has another FOUR in the NYC area. We already knew about the pair of dates supporting The Pogues at Terminal 5 (tickets are still available for 3/15 and 3/16), but in addition to those, Titus will end a string of US dates that kick off in late March with headlining shows at Maxwell's on 4/29 (on sale now) and Music Hall of Williamsburg on 4/30 (tickets go on AmEx presale Wednesday and and regular sale Friday).
All tour dates, including some with Bright Eyes, and some videos below...
Big names and regulars aside, there are a few bands I want to highlight on the just-announced Sasquatch lineup: Wolf Parade ("indefinite hiatus" rumors be damned), The Flaming Lips (performing "The Soft Bulletin"), Death From Above 1979 (now three reunion shows total), Guided By Voices (they're not done yet), and... Archers of Loaf (!). The full lineup of the fest that goes down in Gorge, Washington in May (Memorial Day Weekend), is below...