SXSW 2011: Bright Eyes, Live In Concert
When he first emerged as a prodigiously gifted folk-rock singer, another unwillingly anointed New Dylan barely out of his teens, Bright Eyes‘ Conor Oberst didn’t seem like the stuff of arena-rock spectaculars. All bound-up angst and wiry tension, Oberst was a guy with all the ideas and opinions in the world, but still unformed in terms of star power.
That has changed. With the aid of evocative video projections and a crack band — including keyboardist Laura Burhenn of Georgie James and The Mynabirds — he now presides over an epic rock show that spans a diverse discography. A career artist at 31, Oberst displays confident showmanship that’s serious, even strident at times; naturally, he’s not one to let the day’s bombing of military targets in Libya go by without a few choice words to open “Old Soul Song” and the raging “Road to Joy.” Read More @ NPR.ORG