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The People's Key

8/9/11 | Examiner.com | www.examiner.com | Live Show Preview
On Friday, August 5th indie rock bands The Kills and Bright Eyes performed back to back on the Bud Light Mainstage in Chicago, IL at Lollapalooza 2011. The Kills focused on performing songs from their latest album, while Bright Eyes had a setlist full of older material. The bands may have taken a different approach to their setlists, but both had crowd pleasing performances to a huge Lollapalooza audience. While performing "Arc Of Time (Time Code)," a song off his 2005 album, Digital Ash In A Digital Urn, Oberst managed to sing, play guitar, and make hand motions to go along with some of the lyrics. More specifically, while he sang, "I hear if you make friends, with Jesus Christ," Oberst made the sign of, the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit. The next line, "You'll get right up from that chalk outline," had Oberst place his arms in the manner of how a dead body outline is portrayed in the movies. Lastly, but not least, when he sang the lyric, "And then you'll get dolled up," Oberst pretended to put mascara on his eyelashes. Oberst even changed up, and added on some lyrics to a couple of songs. While performing "Landlocked Blues,", a song from his 2005 album, I'm Wide Awake, It's Morning, the lyrics go, "And the world's got me dizzy again, you think after 22 years I'd be used to the spin. And it only feels worse when I stay in one place, so I'm always pacing around or walking away." While live at Lollapalooza Oberst changed the lyrics into, "And this world's got me dizzy again, you think after growing so old, I'd get used to this spin. But it only feels worse when I'm stuck in one place, so I keep pacing around, or driving away." His intensity was at an all time high while singing "Landlocked Blues" and towards the end of the song there is the line, "So I'm making a deal with the devils of fame, saying, 'Let me walk away, please." He once again changed up his lyrics and instead of spewing out what he initially wrote, he sang with force, "So I'm making a deal with the devils of fame saying, 'Show me the money! Show me the money!" He dedicated "Another Travelin' Song" to all the bands performing at Lollapalooza 2011, and asked the crowd if they watched The Mountain Goats. At the end of that song he sang the lyric 'And I'll fight like hell to hide that I've given up,' and yelled out 'Whoa' three times with an intense look on his face. Despite the sun beating down, his passion was so captivating it sent chills down my body. The fourth, and last song Bright Eyes performed from 2005's I'm Wide Awake, It's Morning was "Road To Joy," which was sung with pure passion and intensity. He once again showed his comedic side after he sang the lyric, "My mind races with all my longings, but cant keep up with what I got." Instead of going straight into the next lyric, Oberst told the crowd, "Which is so very much, it's ridiculous." Conor Oberst may not have a pitch perfect live voice, but that man sure knows how to put on a live show. He is witty, charming, and knows how to captivate a large audience. Placing Bright Eyes on the mainstage before Coldplay's headlining time slot seemed a bit questionable, but after making the wise choice to watch the set, I witnessed exactly why they belonged there. Bright Eyes Lollapalooza 2011 Setlist: Four Winds Old Soul Song (For The New World Order) Take It Easy (Love Nothing) Jejune Stars Lover I Don't Have to Love Shell Games Arc of Time (Time Code) Landlocked Blues Another Travelin' Song The Calendar Hung Itself Road to Joy One For You, One For Me
The People's Key

The People's Key

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The People's Key

The People's Key

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