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Live Review: Bright Eyes at Westfair Amphiteater

I begin what seems like my 100th review of a Bright Eyes concert by saying that last Saturday night's performance at Westfair Amphitheater may have been his best. Simply put, Conor Oberst put on a rock concert. Not an indie-folk show; not an "intimate acoustic evening of personal confessions." A rock concert. As heavy a show as he's probably capable of or would ever want to do. You can say you witnessed Bright Eyes...


Chasing Conor: A look back on 13 years of interviews

We were driving downtown in my Mini Cooper this past weekend when a Bright Eyes song came on the iPod connected to my car stereo. I leaned forward and skipped past it. Teresa shot me a glance, and I said, "I'm mad at him right now." I'd been going back and forth with Bright Eyes' publicist, Press Here Publicity, since last December, trying to line up an interview with Conor Oberst in conjunction with Bright Eyes'...


The Silver Lining of Man Man’s Dark Cloud

If you look closely during Sunday night's Man Man show at Slowdown, you might be able to glimpse the monster sitting on the edge of the stage. It's an insidious little guy who spends most of its time living inside Man Man frontman Ryan Kattner's head. But when Kattner's on stage with his comrades in arms, the monster is forced to make a brief exit, a momentary expulsion that frees the man also known as Honus Honus....


Still an audience for the classic Cars?

This started as a simple review of The Cars' new album, Move Like This, which was released on Concord Music this past Tuesday. It's the band's first studio album since 1987's Door to Door, and the first since the death of bassist/vocalist Ben Orr of pancreatic cancer in 2000. If you grew up listening to The Cars or are just a fan, you're going to love this record. It has all the classic Cars qualities — Ric...


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