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Pullin’ ‘Tubes: Get The First Aid Kit

Back in 2008, the Swedish sister duo of Johanna and Klara Söderberg, who perform and record as the First Aid Kit, became indie-rock viral video sensations when they posted a

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Bloggy Goodness: Bluegrass Underground

With most of the HT Staff being based in the Northeast we have often gushed about the amazing experience of attending a Midnight Ramble at Levon Helm’s barn. Well we’re

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Bloggy Goodness: Wilco (The Giveaway)

On September 27, HT faves Wilco will release their eighth studio album The Whole Love via their brand new label dBpm Records. While we still have a couple more months

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Tour Dates: Applause For Dawes

We keep our eyes peeled for new tour dates announcements each week and compile them on Tuesdays for this handy column… Since releasing their debut album North Hills in 2009,

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Picture Show: Bright Eyes @ Radio City

Bright Eyes @ Radio City Music Hall, March 9

Words: Jeffrey Greenblatt
Images: Jeremy Gordon

It’s hard to believe that it has been four years since Conor Oberst last recorded under his longtime moniker Bright Eyes, an eternity for a guy that is known for his prolific output. Since the 2007 release of Cassadaga, Oberst has stayed busy by releasing two “solo” albums of breezy, folk-rock with the Mystic Valley Band along with his contributions to the Monsters Of Folk – a band which features his pals Jim James, M. Ward and Mike Mogis. The Omaha native, who has dusted off his Bright Eyes project for the occasional benefit gig in the last few years, finally deemed it time to return to his roots in 2011 with the release of  his seventh studio album, The People’s Key.


The album, which may or may not be his last as Bright Eyes depending on who you want to believe, is a sonic departure from his recent work. Oberst has traded in his acoustic guitar for an electric, and his Americana-drenched sound for a maudlin, synth-driven, straight ahead rock one.

Last week, Oberst and his latest version of Bright Eyes – which has  featured a rotating lineup over the years, but typically includes multi-instrumentalists Nate Walcott and Mike Mogis – pulled into the Big Apple for a two-night stand at the majestic and cavernous Radio City Music Hall. It was a curious night to be a Bright Eyes fan as the crowd was vocally and visibly excited for the band’s live return to the room they had last played in November of ’07. However, the audience’s enthusiasm seemed to ebb and flow over the course of the two hour show in sync with the crowd’s familiarity with the set list, which included a number of deep cuts.

READ ON for more thoughts on the show and a full picture gallery…

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