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I'm Wide Awake, It's Morning

Author: Zach Vowell
1/25/2005 | Pitchforkmedia.com
Less than two weeks ago, we here at Pitchfork sensed a profound glitch in the fundamental order of the universe when Bright Eyes' simultaneously released singles "Lua" and "Take It Easy (Love Nothing)" charted #1 and #2 on the Billboard Hot 100 Singles Sales chart. With said universe reeling in anticipation of the (also simultaneous) January 25th release of I'm Wide Awake, It's Morning and Digital Ash in a Digital Urn, the real knockout blow is yet to come: Bright Eyes has announced that they will embark on two separate tours in 2005-- one for each album.

According to the band's label, Saddle Creek, the first of the two tours, in support of I'm Wide Awake, It's Morning, will start January 14th, and will feature a smaller, more intimate Bright Eyes lineup better suited to the acoustic-based album, with special guests and opening bands drifting in and out, among them Jimmy Tamborello of The Postal Service, Bright Eyes' producer and multi-instrumentalist Mike Mogis, and members of other Saddle Creek bands like Rilo Kiley, Cursive, Now It's Overhead, and the Faint. Them dates:

01-14 Omaha, NE - Sokol Auditorium
01-15 Minneapolis, MN - State Theatre
01-17 Chicago, IL - Riviera Theatre
01-18 Ann Arbor, MI - Michigan Theatre
01-19 Columbus, OH - Wexner Center for The Arts
01-21 Toronto, Ontario - Phoenix Theatre
01-23 Burlington, VT - Higher Ground
01-24 Cambridge, MA - Sanders Theatre, Harvard University
01-25 New York, NY - Town Hall
01-26 New York, NY - Town Hall
01-28 Philadelphia, PA - Academy of Music
01-29 Washington, DC - 9:30 Club
01-30 Norfolk, VA - Norva Theatre
01-31 Raleigh, NC - Raleigh Memorial Auditorium
02-01 Atlanta, GA - Variety Playhouse
02-03 Miami, FL - Olympia Theatre at Gusman Center for Performing Arts
02-04 Tampa, FL - Tampa Theatre
02-05 Orlando, FL - House of Blues
02-07 Fort Worth, TX - Ridglea Theatre
02-08 Austin, TX - La Zona Rosa
02-10 Phoenix, AZ - Celebrity Theatre
02-11 San Diego, CA - Spreckles Theatre
02-12 Los Angeles, CA - Orpheum Theatre
02-13 Los Angeles, CA - Orpheum Theatre
02-15 Berkeley, CA - Berkeley Community Theatre
02-16 Portland, OR - Roseland Theatre
02-17 Seattle, WA - Paramount Theatre

Meanwhile, the second leg of the tour (in support of Digital Ash), which is slated to kick off sometime in May or June, will feature The Faint as both opening act and backing band for Oberst, much like The Flaming Lips did for Beck way back in the '02, albeit likely without the megaphone and dancing flashlights. Unfortunately. In between, Bright Eyes will open for R.E.M. on a short tour of Australia and New Zealand. Dates:

03-24 Christchurch, New Zealand - Christchurch Westpac Centre
03-26 New Plymouth, New Zealand - TSB Bowl of Brooklands
03-29 Brisbane, Australia - Brisbane Entertainment Centre
03-31 Sydney, Australia - Sydney Entertainment Centre
04-03 Melbourne, Australia - Rod Laver Arena
04-06 Adelaide, Australia - Adelaide Entertainment Centre
04-08 Perth, Australia - Burswood Dome