The People's Key
Author: John Dugan
3/16/11 | Time Out Chicago | www.timeoutchicago.com | Live Show Preview
You have to wonder if it is hard to be Conor Oberst sometimes. Critically acclaimed in the early 2000s, your once unbelievably precocious music now sounds neither especially mature nor youth-embracing and likeminded indie acts have taken your sprawling, emotionally elevated sound higher in the charts. Bitter? No, evidently. Bright Eyes, Oberst's primary vehicle, has a new album in The People's Key that Oberst hopes will keep the flame burning. The band hit the Riv last night on its way to SXSW and apparently a fan tossed a prosthetic leg on stage. Meaning what?