Bright Eyes

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    June 18, 2013

    Sea Wolf: "Even Good Reviews Can Bum Me Out"

    Indie rock band Sea Wolf is getting ready to wrap up a lengthy tour in support of their new release, Old World Romance. The third full-length offering from the group founded and orchestrated by California native Alex Brown Church veers a bit from their previous endeavors. The folk elements that prev ... More >>

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    June 4, 2013

    Five Songs and Artists Protesting Joe Arpaio's Racial Profiling

    A federal judge ruled last month that Sheriff Joe Arpaio was using racial profiling against Hispanics in Maricopa County. Many Phoenicians didn't need a judge to tell them that, but now it's at least been acknowledged by someone who has the power to demand change. On the heels of the decision came ... More >>

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    August 1, 2012

    Conor Oberst Releases "MariKKKopa" by Desaparecidos, a Song About Sheriff Joe

    See also: The Haymarket Squares Blast Sheriff Joe With New Video; Raise Money For New Record See also: Conor Oberst Disses Lady Gaga, Other Acts who Refuse Arizona Boycott See also: Charlie Levy of Promoter Stateside Presents Pens Open Letter to SB 1070 Boycotters See also: Conor Oberst Pens Totally ... More >>

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    June 13, 2011

    Six Degrees of The Elected

    Blake Sennett of The Elected: Somehow connected to Angelina Jolie, Johnny Depp, and Bright Eyes.​The 1993 film Six Degrees of Separation, about how everybody is ultimately connected to everybody else through somebody else, has spawned some spin-offs -- most notably, the game "Six Degrees of Kevin ... More >>

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    April 6, 2011

    Blogs Teased in Our 4/7 Issue

    ​This week, New Times ran a list in our print publication highlighting some of the most interesting posts published at Up On The Sun over the past week. Here are links to those posts... Why did Bright Eyes singer Conor Oberst diss Lady Gaga's concert in Arizona? What are Phoenix's most obnox ... More >>

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    February 10, 2011
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    November 11, 2010
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    November 4, 2010
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    September 30, 2010

    Bright Eyes Records Song For Arizona Boycott Group

    Bright Eyes has recorded a single for the group of musicians boycotting Arizona. "Coyote Song," can be bought for $2 here if you want to support people boycotting our state. Or you can give money to people actually working in to make a difference on the ground in Arizona by buying our compilation, ... More >>

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    August 4, 2010

    From Print: Blogs Teased in Our 8/5 Issue

    ​This week, New Times ran a list in our print publication highlighting some of the most interesting posts published at Up On The Sun over the past week. Here are links to those posts. Who are the most worthlessly obscure artists boycotting AZ over SB 1070? What are the five best remixes of t ... More >>

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    July 31, 2009

    Stream Some New Monsters of Folk Tracks

    Jim James, Connor Oberst, M. Ward and Mike Mogis equals Monsters of Folk​Excited for supergroups? Disappointed that the Dead Weather's album isn't quite as good as you think it should be? Well let Monsters of Folk -- Connor Oberst, Jim James (Yim Yames, whatever), M. Ward and Mike Mogis -- ease yo ... More >>

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    July 23, 2009

    Monsters of Folk Coming To Phoenix Oct. 21

     Seems like it's been a long time since a any Phoenix promoter felt like shelling out the big bucks it takes to rent the gorgeous Orpheum Theatre downtown for a show. It appears the inaugural tour by Monsters of Folk, an ironically-named side project featuring My Morning Jacket's Jim ... More >>

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    April 23, 2009
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    April 16, 2009
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    April 15, 2009

    Conor Oberst Keeps it Mystical at Marquee

    Luke HolwerdaConor Oberst on stage at the Marquee in Tempe on April 14, 2009. Comparing Conor Oberst to Bob Dylan is somewhat old hat. It's easy enough to make a case for grouping the two Midwestern singer-songwriters known for folky instrumentation and unique styles of story-telling, and people hav ... More >>

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    April 14, 2009

    The Sun Sessions: Bright Eyes, "Tourist Trap"

    Jonathan McNamaraZachary James Dodds plays the New Times courtyard. Conor Oberst -- who is Bright Eyes in the way that Trent Reznor is Nine Inch Nails -- comes to the Marquee tonight. To mark the occasion we enlisted local singer-songwriter Zachary James Dodds to play a song from Conor's immense ca ... More >>

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    April 2, 2009

    Matthew Reveles

    We'll Meet Halfway

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    March 24, 2009

    You Asked For It: Matthew Reveles

    One of the things I love best about Bright Eyes (and yes, I unapologetically love Bright Eyes) is the way the band mingles so many rootsy sounds in songs that end up being totally contemporary. It's for that reason, and not just Matthew Reveles' vulnerable, emotive vocals, that I compare the Tempe s ... More >>

  • Music

    May 3, 2007

    Bright Eyes

    But you knew that already

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    April 24, 2007

    Bright Spots

    I'm a little bit shocked that my ol' homeboy Conor Oberst and his latest lineup for the ever-evolving Bright Eyes have actually debuted at #4 on the Billboard charts, despite remaining on Omaha's stalwart indie label Saddle Creek. The album, Cassadaga, is a step forward for Conor, Mike Mogis, and cr ... More >>

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    April 12, 2007

    Street to Nowhere

    Come and listen to their story

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    March 15, 2007

    Page France

    Pop, not corn

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    February 1, 2007

    Philanthropy vs. Marketing

    Smokescreen Just received a CD and e-mails from the local band Smokescreen, and I'm torn between two opinions about its marketing strategy. I like the band; it sounds like lush late-'90s alt-rock in the vein of Radiohead or the Pumpkins, but not too clone-esque. Here's the strategy though: the band ... More >>

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    December 4, 2006
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    February 2, 2006

    Death Pool for Cutie

    Everybody's gotta go sometime

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    January 26, 2006

    Dust Jacket

    Our Tapestries Are Thrift Store Quilts

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    June 23, 2005

    Unkind Cut

    We'd been enjoying emo for years before self-injury stepped into the spotlight

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    June 2, 2005

    Bright Eyes, and The Faint

    This time with electro

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    May 19, 2005

    Slow Biz

    Valley promoter won't let scene erode

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    April 21, 2005

    Legal Love

    Getting the cream for free

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    March 24, 2005

    A quick music roundup

    Coachella lowdown, plus new local showcase

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    February 24, 2005
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    February 10, 2005

    Conor's Cult

    Rising star stays true blue

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    February 3, 2005
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    January 27, 2005

    Panic! at Andersons

    The madness is back -- with prizes inside

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    August 26, 2004

    Trigger Voter

    Rock 'n' roll the vote this election year

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    August 12, 2004

    Mixed Up

    "I'm retiring from the humiliating art of wooing girls with music."

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    August 5, 2004


    EPs are usually ignored by reviewers. Here are a few recent releases worth the attention.

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    April 1, 2004

    Okkervil River

    The ebb and flow of the Austin quartet

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    February 19, 2004

    Phoenix Falling

    Want to see a good band? Go to Tucson.

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    January 1, 2004

    Original Soul

    This time, it's personal: Our look back at an intimate year in music.

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    November 27, 2003

    Road Worrier

    Restless singer-songwriter David Dondero seeks out love and mourns the loves he's lost on The Transient

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    April 24, 2003

    Who Are These Guys?

    Saddle Creek bursts forward, which it marks with a new label comp

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    January 2, 2003

    Letdowns: Bummer, Man

    Five artists came with the promise of a new day -- and defused faster than a wet firecracker

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    January 2, 2003

    Critics VS 2002: Rebuilding From Ash

    2002 spent the year in a 9/11 hangover. Through the confusion, notable and amazing works still arose

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    July 11, 2002

    Cursive/Eastern Youth

    8 Teeth to Eat You/split CD (Better Looking/Five One)

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    February 28, 2002

    Breakup Songs

    The ironically named The Good Life is a dark detour from Omaha auteur Tim Kasher

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    February 7, 2002

    Eyes on the Prize

    Sensitive indie prodigy Conor Oberst discovers new aggression with Desaparecidos

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    July 13, 2000

    The Faint

    Blank-wave arcade (Saddle Creek)

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    March 16, 2000

    Little Boy Blue

    Bright Eyes' wunderkind Conor Oberst plunges into a world of adult-size despair with Fevers and Mirrors

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