Bright Eyes

Latest Articles


A punk phenomenon grows up

It's time we faced it: the vanguards of rock have gotten really old.
Punk is dead, right?
By DANIEL BROCKMAN  |  February 10, 2012

Photos: Bright Eyes at the House of Blues

Bright Eyes and the Mynabirds perform live at the House of Blues on March 10, 2011.
Bright Eyes + Mynabirds | House of Blues | March 10, 2011
By STEPHANIE ROSE  |  March 18, 2011

50 shows to see before finals week

This is a message fromBostonFunShit, the Phoenix's authority on having a good time: Get out of your dorm. Here are 50 ways to have an unforgettable evening this semester.
Pulling an all-nighter
By @BOSTONFUNSHIT  |  January 28, 2011

Looking back on 2010: Maine goes red

There were big wins, big defeats, encouraging signs, and disappointments. Here's a look at what Maine enjoyed — and endured — in 2010.
Republicans take over Augusta, Portland cops go online, gay rights stay center stage, and more!
By DEIRDRE FULTON  |  December 24, 2010

Lightspeed Champion | Life Is Sweet! Nice To Meet You!

Devonté Hynes first appeared as a member of the joky UK dance-punk trio Test Icicles.
Domino (2010)
By MIKAEL WOOD  |  March 05, 2010

Taking care of business

Boston is one of the healthiest markets for live roots music in the country. Here are the 10 roots shows we don't want to miss this fall.
Digging for gold in the roots and world-music scene
By TED DROZDOWSKI  |  September 18, 2009


Turn around . . .

Every now and then
By KARL STEVENS  |  May 22, 2009

Conor Oberst and the Mystic Valley Band | Outer South

"That's the thing about charisma," sings Conor Oberst in a song on his new, non–Bright Eyes release, Outer South. "It makes everyone believe."
Merge (2009)
By MIKAEL WOOD  |  May 12, 2009

Conor Oberst

It’s just an Omaha boy playing some good old country pop — for once.
Conor Oberst | Merge
By DAVID BOFFA  |  August 26, 2008

Portland scene report: May 16, 2008

Pinksy, the new band that grew from the ashes of Local Nothing, were hoping to drop their first EP, Two for the Road , May 6.

Winning losers

Every last one of you who votes in our Best Music Poll is a treasure; but blessed are those who write-in.
Stand up for your write(-ins)
By MICHAEL BRODEUR  |  May 07, 2008

David Dondero

David Dondero might be one of indie-rock’s unsung heroes.
Music seen at SPACE Gallery, April 12, 2008
By CHAD CHAMBERLAIN  |  April 16, 2008

Mind over mind

Loyal readers of this column know that when it comes to the local music scene, college is the best of times and the worst of times.
Jeff Beam’s solo debut passes Rock 101
By SAM PFEIFLE  |  October 24, 2007

Two Gallants: Saddle Creek

Adam Stephens and Tyson Vogel have long been trying for a sound that’s both earthy and artsy, Bright Eyes folk rock delivered with an aw-shucks squint.
An unhappy marriage of sounds
By DAVID BRUSIE  |  October 03, 2007

Shop talk

Will Sheff is a songwriter’s songwriter.
Ryan Walsh interviews Will Sheff about Okkervil River
By RYAN WALSH  |  September 18, 2007

Folk heroics

“Why is he such a big deal right now?” a friend asked with some exasperation earlier this month when I mentioned that I had a phone date with M. Ward. M. Ward, "To Go Home" (mp3)
Or, how M. Ward became such a big deal
By MIKAEL WOOD  |  June 19, 2007


The man and the band

Just as Bright Eyes is a vehicle for Conor Oberst, Aqualung is the name under which Matt Hales records.
Aqualung, Paradise Rock Club, April 17, 2007
By JIM SULLIVAN  |  April 23, 2007

Maria Taylor

Singing in harmony with Orenda Fink in the indie-folk duo Azure Ray, Maria Taylor sounded so at home that it seemed a waste when the two pursued solo careers.
Lynn Teeter Flower | Saddle Creek
By MATT ASHARE  |  March 12, 2007

American classic

How old-school is Country Music Hall of Famer Charlie Louvin?
Charlie Louvin returns
By TED DROZDOWSKI  |  March 06, 2007

Rockin' out!

Conor Oberst's come a long way from being an introverted solitary performer with an acoustic guitar.
Bright Eyes, Somerville Theatre, February 28, 2007
By MELISSA POCEK  |  March 02, 2007

Wincing the blogs away

In the first quarter of 2007, more than a dozen bands who made very big names for themselves via the Internet hype machine face a compelling and dangerous question: what does it take to maintain your cred and succeed commercially in such a dynamic enviro
Indie rockers try selling out for a change
By CHRISTOPHER GRAY  |  January 17, 2007


Bright Eyes

Too often, B-sides and rarities are B-sides and rarities for a reason. But Bright Eyes’ Conor Oberst is one of those songwriters who’s as musically adventurous as he is prolific.
Noise Floor (Rarities 1998-2001) | Saddle Creek
By SAM MACLAUGHLIN  |  January 16, 2007

Shades of Grey

We know at least two things after Roy Davis’s January 4 Big Easy CD-release show: he’s got good taste — and a brass pair of balls.
Roy Davis debuts with a ramshackle warmth
By SAM PFEIFLE  |  January 11, 2007

Guest lists

What small, private lists like this remind us is that big, honking institutional lists are largely fictions, mirages of a consensus that no longer exists, if it ever really did in the first place.
 What 30 of the Phoenix 's music critics liked this year
By PHOENIX MUSIC STAFF  |  January 02, 2007

Indie springs forward

For years we waited. And then we started making jokes about it. And then the jokes got old. So we waited some more. Clap Your Hands Say Yeah, "Love Song No. 7" (mp3)
Clap your hands and say Axl
By MATT ASHARE  |  January 02, 2007

Emo to the core

What’s the latest sign that emo has become a true part of the musical mainstream?
Kevin Devine, Tim Barry, and Stephen Brodsky
By MIKAEL WOOD  |  November 30, 2006


Soft sells

Quiet is the new loud, pretty is the new rocking, and acoustic is the new electric. The Mountain Goats, "Woke Up New" (YouTube)
The rise of indie rock’s cult of the singer-songwriter
By FRANKLIN BRUNO  |  September 22, 2006

The Concretes

The title of the latest release from this Swedish indie-pop outfit suggests that the Concretes have until now stuck to a pared-down black-and-white sound.
In Colour | Astralwerks
By MIKAEL WOOD  |  May 01, 2006

Two Gallants

It’s not difficult to figure out how Two Gallants, a band who borrow their name from the title of a James Joyce short story, wound up on Conor Oberst’s indie powerhouse Saddle Creek.
What The Toll Tells | Saddle Creek
By CHRIS BROOK  |  April 14, 2006

Techno files

By the time the four-man disco band take the stage at Great Scott, the crowd is so jammed into the Allston venue, you’d swear it was a Saturday night.
Hot Chip live, plus the return of the Orb  
By DAVID DAY  |  March 20, 2006