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The People's Key

Author: Erin Allison
3/11/11 | Brooklynvegan.com | www.brooklynvegan.com | Live Show Preview
Bright Eyes headlined Radio City Music Hall in NYC twice this week. - March 8 & 9. Conor Oberst's Merge label-mates Superchunk and Wild Flag also opened both nights. I was there on the 2nd night which is also when the pictures in this post were taken. Wild Flag, the all-girl group from Portland, comprised of Sleater-Kinney and former Helium members took the stage at 8pm for a rocking, half-hour long, six song set. Wild Flag also played The Rock Shop twice on March 5th. If you would have told a younger Oberst at age thirteen that Superchunk would be opening for his band he would have "kicked you in the shins." The pop-punk band, who released their 9th album this past September, were equally enthusiastic to be opening for Bright Eyes, with singer (and Merge head honcho) Mac McCaughan telling the audience that playing a venue like Radio City alongside bands like Wild Flag and Bright Eyes "makes you feel part of something bigger." As Oberst took the stage, members of the audience could be heard shouting "Welcome back, Conor!" Bright Eyes played a perfect mix of new and old music during the twenty-song set and three-song encore. The theme for the night seemed to be sexually explicit material, with a dash of family. Two songs were dedicated "to Nancy", the Bright Eyes frontman's mother. Oberst shared the stage with only Nathaniel Wolcott for "Ladder Song," and talked about Lent, telling all of Radio City that he had given up apologizing for the next 40 days. The politically active Oberst discussed the U.S. government trying to control the whole world and encouraged people to do what they can to make a change before playing "Old Soul Song". There was dancing, tears, squealing audience members, and screams when Oberst jumped into the audience during the encore. Fans could not have been happier to have Bright Eyes back, and as it was eloquently put, "Coberst killed it." Free Gotham said: The highlight of the evening? I loved "Hot Knives," "Bowl of Oranges," "Lover I Don't Have to Love" and "Ladder Song," but the epitome of Bright Eyes had to be the performance of "Shell Games." Not only is this one of the best tracks off of The People's Key, it was without a doubt the best song of the night." Bright Eyes Concert at Radio City Music Hall, New York, NY, USA Setlist on March 8, 2011 Firewall Jejune Stars Take It Easy (Love Nothing) Four Winds Bowl of Oranges We Are Nowhere and It's Now Shell Games Approximate Sunlight Arc of Time Falling Out of Love at This Volume Beginner's Mind Cartoon Blues Something Vague Hot Knives Nothing Gets Crossed Out A Machine Spiritual (In the People's Key) Old Soul Song Poison Oak The Calendar Hung Itself Lua Encore: Gold Mine Gutted Lover I Don't Have to Love Road To Joy One For Me, One For You Bright Eyes Concert at Radio City Music Hall, New York, NY, USA Setlist on March 9, 2011 Firewall Jejune Stars Take It Easy (Love Nothing) Hot Knives An Attempt to Tip the Scales Padraic My Prince We Are Nowhere and It's Now Shell Games Approximate Sunlight Arc of Time Triple Spiral Cleanse Song Trees Get Wheeled Away No One Would Riot For Less Beginner's Mind Bowl of Oranges Old Soul Song Poison Oak The Calendar Hung Itself Ladder Song Encore: Lover I Don't Have to Love Road To Joy One for You, One for Me
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