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I'm Wide Awake, It's Morning

11/10/2005 | Columbia Daily Tribune | www.columbiatribune.com | Live Show Preview
Bright Eyes scheduled a visit to Columbia because singer-songwriter Conor Oberst canceled his band's St. Louis show upon learning that it was being promoted by the monolithic Clear Channel, with whom he has vowed never to work. One of the biggest success stories in independent music, Oberst and his band have made a name for themselves through this exact type of eschewing of the mainstream.

Oberst built his own music empire in Omaha, Neb., beginning with the creation of his own record label, Saddle Creek, when he was a teenager. Bright Eyes has become the flagship of that operation and features a rotating cast of players anchored by Oberst's quivering, impassioned vocals.

This year, Oberst solidified his status as one of his generation's most talented songwriters. Bright Eyes released two albums simultaneously, the excellent "I'm Wide Awake, It's Morning" and its companion, "Digital Ash in a Digital Urn," and the albums debuted on the Billboard charts at No. 10 and No. 15 respectively. Love him or hate him, the 24-year-old Oberst is here to stay.


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