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More Than a Pretty Pair of Bright Eyes

By Autumn Thatcher
Concert Preview:
Bright Eyes
Kingsbury Hall
(University of Utah)
Sunday, Nov. 6
Buy tickets for $25
at the Kingsbury Hall
box office at (801) 581-7100
or through Smith’sTix at

Labeled “rock’s boy genius” by the press, Conor Oberst has traveled throughout the nation and then some, proving that he is more than just a pretty face behind an acoustic guitar. Backed by a variety of ever-changing musicians, Oberst takes the stage as the front man of Bright Eyes and hypnotizes crammed audiences in sold-out arenas. Oberst has had a busy year since the dual release of I’m Wide Awake, It’s Morning and Digital Ash in a Digital Urn in late January of this year.

Remaining loyal to his hometown label, Saddle Creek Records—which let him start his own sub-label, Team Love—Oberst has faced the demands of growing popular-ity and the slimy seductions of major record labels itching to sign the rapidly rising musi-cian. This fast-coming success can be seen through the venues on the band’s recent tours as Bright Eyes graduates to larger venues such as Kingsbury Hall, where the band will play its Salt Lake City show on Sunday, Nov. 6.

Established on the indie music scene since 1998, Oberst earned a significant reputa-tion during the 2004 elec-tions when he joined Bruce Springsteen and REM on an arena tour of swing states. Hoping to push voters to check the box next to John Kerry, Oberst instead captured the attention of the indie ig-norant. Shortly after the elec-tion, “Lua” and “Take it Easy,” two simultaneously released singles from this year’s two full-lengths, surprised indie-rock followers by becoming the No. 1 and 2 singles on Billboard’s Hot 100 Singles Sales chart.

After a short break in tour-ing, Oberst is back to provide fans with a fall tour. With his decadent yet brilliant lyrics and passionate music, Oberst is sure to give an amazing per-formance. Not to disappoint, Oberst and his comrades will most likely indulge fans with the occasional expression of loathing for the conserva-tives who get a little nervous over the 25-year-old’s bla-tant opposition to the Bush Administration and the war in Iraq.

Those planning on attend-ing the concert can expect to hear songs from a variety of More Than a Pretty Pair of Bright EyesOberst’s records, rather than merely those from the latest albums. Rebels and indie fans alike should plan to spend their Sunday evening enjoying a spir-itual experience from a talented young musician who always has something to say.



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