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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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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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Bloggy Goodness: Roger That

While we may never seen a full-on Pink Floyd reunion again, the band’s bassist – Roger Waters – hasn’t been shy about touring behind the group’s most well-known material. It’s

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Video: Monsters Of Folk – Say Please

On their recently wrapped world tour, indie-rock supergroup Monsters Of Folk treated fans to three-hour, 30+ song shows mixing material from their self-titled debut with selections from the members various

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Monsters of Folk: Monsters of Folk

"Cross Collaboration,” “Super Group,” call it whatever, Monsters of Folk simply sound good…real good.  Conor Oberst, Jim James (Yim Yames), Mike Mogis and M. Ward have all established themselves as artists to reckon with in this new millennium and they gathered back in 2004 to start tossing ideas around. Their self-titled album was released this month; it is an enchanting mix of guitar strums, wonderin’ blues and flat out gorgeous vocals.

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