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10 Best Songs of the Week: Hot Chip and Jarvis Cocker, Nilüfer Yanya, Arlo Parks, and More

Plus Badge Époque Ensemble, Julien Baker, Ela Minus, and a Wrap-up of the Week’s Other Notable New Tracks

Oct 23, 2020

Welcome to the 41st Songs of the Week of 2020. This week there was a second and final presidential debate that, unlike the first one, was an actual debate.  More

Bright Eyes Share New Song for Planned Parenthood “Miracle of Life” (Feat. Phoebe Bridgers)

“This song should not exist in 2020 America.” – Conor Oberst

Oct 23, 2020

Bright Eyes have shared a new song for Planned Parenthood, “Miracle of Life,” which features backing vocals from Phoebe Bridgers, as well as featuring Jon Theodore and Flea. The song is available on Bandcamp and all proceeds from downloads, streams, and syncs will go to Planned Parenthood. More

Bright Eyes Cover Thin Lizzy’s “Running Back;” Perform On “CBS This Morning”

Down in the Weeds, Where the World Once Was Out Now via Dead Oceans


Aug 24, 2020

It’s been a big week for Bright Eyes. Reeling from the release of their first album in nine years, Down in the Weeds, Where the World Once Was the band (Conor Oberst, Mike Mogis, and Nathaniel Walcott) have been a press brigade. First stop: CBS This Morning, second, SiriusXM Sessions (where they covered Thin Lizzy’s“Running Back”). More

Bright Eyes – Stream Their First New Album in Nine Years and Read Our Review of It

Down in the Weeds, Where the World Once Was Out Now via Dead Oceans

Aug 21, 2020

Bright Eyes (Conor Oberst, Mike Mogis, and Nathaniel Walcott) have released a new album, Down in the Weeds, Where the World Once Was, today via Dead Oceans. It’s their first new album in nine years and now that it’s out you can stream the whole thing here. Also, yesterday we posted our review of the album. More

Watch Bright Eyes Do “Mariana Trench” on “Colbert,” Their First Performance in Nine Years

Down in the Weeds Where the World Once Was Due Out August 21 via Dead Oceans

Jun 23, 2020

Bright Eyes (Conor Oberst, Mike Mogis, and Nathaniel Walcott) are releasing a new album, Down in the Weeds Where the World Once Was, on August 21 via Dead Oceans. It’s their first new album in nine years and last night the band was the musical guest on The Late Show with Stephen Colbert, performing the new single “Mariana Trench” in what was their first performance together in nine years. More

Bright Eyes Officially Announce New Album, Share Video for New Song “Mariana Trench”

Down in the Weeds Where the World Once Was Due Out August 21 via Dead Oceans

Jun 22, 2020

Bright Eyes (Conor Oberst, Mike Mogis, and Nathaniel Walcott) have officially announced their new album, Down in the Weeds Where the World Once Was, and shared a new song from it, “Mariana Trench,” via a video for the track.  More

9 Best Songs of the Week: The Flaming Lips, Muzz, Bright Eyes, Liela Moss, and More

Plus Club Intl, Skullcrusher, Art Feynman, and a Wrap-up of the Week’s Other Notable New Tracks

May 29, 2020

Welcome to the 21st Songs of the Week of 2020. It’s another week under quarantine, the same as the last week. In terms of this week’s new songs, the pickings were somewhat slim, perhaps partly because Monday was Memorial Day, meaning less new tracks of note were shared these week. But we’ve still come up with some that we liked (albeit, only a Top 9, instead of our usual Top 10). More

Bright Eyes Share Lyric Video for New Song “One and Done”

The Third Single From a Forthcoming New Album on Dead Oceans

May 27, 2020

Bright Eyes (Conor Oberst, Mike Mogis, and Nathaniel Walcott) have shared a new song, “One and Done.” It is said to be the third single from a yet-to-be-announced new album. More

Issue 8 Project – Read Interviews with Tegan and Sara, Mew, Muse, Doves, My Morning Jacket, and Mo

Support Us for Only $1.00 a Month to Access the Long Out of Print Issue from 2005

May 25, 2020

We’ve been uploading the long out of print and sold out Issue 8 to our Patreon page, one article at a time. The 2005 issue features Bright Eyes on the cover and so far we have uploaded interviews from it with Tegan and Sara, Mew, Muse, Doves, My Morning Jacket, The Walkmen, Metric, Rilo Kiley, Low, The Decemberists, Devendra Banhart, and more.  More

May 18, 2020

Lavender Diamond have returned. The trio of Becky Stark, Steve Gregoropoulos, and Ron Regé, Jr. have shared the music video for a new song called “Look Through the Window,” their first new release in eight years. More

We’re Uploading the Long Out of Print Issue 8 to Patreon – One Article at a Time

The 2005 Issue Featured Bright Eyes in the Cover; Support Us for Only $1.00 a Month to Access It

Apr 29, 2020

We’re uploading the long out of print and sold out Issue 8 to our Patreon page, one article at a time each weekday. The 2005 issue features Bright Eyes on the cover and includes interviews with Tegan and Sara, Primal Scream, The Cramps, My Morning Jacket, The Dresden Dolls, Can, Supergrass, Doves, Devendra Banhart, Donovan, The Dears, Mew, The Decemberists, and much more. More

10 Best Songs of the Week: The 1975, Kelly Lee Owens, Belle and Sebastian, Westerman, and More

Plus Car Seat Headrest, Everything Everything, Jessie Ware, and a Wrap-up of the Week’s Other Notable New Tracks

Apr 24, 2020

Welcome to the sixteenth Songs of the Week of 2020. It’s another week under quarantine, the same as the last week.  More

Bright Eyes Share Lyric Video for New Song “Forced Convalescence”

The Second Single From a Forthcoming New Album on Dead Oceans

Apr 21, 2020

Bright Eyes (Conor Oberst, Mike Mogis, and Nathaniel Walcott) have shared a new song, “Forced Convalescence.” It is said to be the second single from a yet-to-be-announced new album and follows “Persona Non Grata,” a new song the band shared in March that was their first new song in nine years.  More

Mar 24, 2020

Bright Eyes (Conor Oberst, Mike Mogis, and Nathaniel Walcott) have shared their first new song in nine years, “Persona Non Grata.”  More

Feb 24, 2020

Conan O'Brien's TBS show Conan has launched a new fake behind the scenes web series, Meet the Conan Staff, and in one episode Conor Oberst and Phoebe Bridgers play production assistants on the show. The duo performed on Conan last year with their side-project Better Oblivion Community Center. More

Bright Eyes Announce World Tour Dates

They Will Be the Band’s First Shows in Nine Years; Lucy Dacus and Lavender Diamond to Open Some Shows

Feb 18, 2020

Bright Eyes (Conor Oberst, Mike Mogis, and Nathaniel Walcott) have announced a world tour, with dates in America, the UK, Europe, and Japan. They will be the band's their first new shows in nine years. More

Bright Eyes Announce First Shows in Nine Years, Sign to Dead Oceans, and Are Recording

Band Also Share Teaser Video; Shows Include England’s End of the Road Festival

Jan 21, 2020

Bright Eyes (Conor Oberst, Mike Mogis, and Nathaniel Walcott) have announced their first new shows in nine years. They have also signed to Dead Oceans and have been recording, with intentions to release new music this year. The band have also shared a teaser video featuring them recording in the studio with an orchestra. More

Conor Oberst Announces July Solo Tour Dates

Some Proceeds Benefit The Florence Project

Apr 16, 2019

Conor Oberst (of Bright Eyes) recently teamed up with Phoebe Bridgers as the new band Better Oblivion Community Center and in January they surprise released their self-titled debut album via Dead Oceans. But now Oberst has announced some solo tour dates where he will play songs from across his catalog. More

Nov 07, 2018

Conor Oberst (of Bright Eyes) has shared two new songs, "No One Changes" and "The Rockaways." More

Soundtracking the Resistance – Causing Chaos in Iraq

The 15th Anniversary of the Iraq War Approaches

Mar 17, 2018

This week we look back on foreign invasions of years gone by, plus Trump turmoil, Russian spies, Neil Young laughing at the NRA, and Conor Oberst in his President Bush bashing days. More

Phoebe Bridgers Shares Video for “Would You Rather” Featuring Conor Oberst

Stranger in the Alps Out Now via Dead Oceans, Tour Dates Announced

Dec 11, 2017

Los Angeles singer/songwriter Phoebe Bridgers released her debut albumStranger in the Alps, back in September via Dead Oceans. Now she has shared a video for "Would You Rather," a song that features Conor Oberst (of Bright Eyes). Oberst appears in the video too. More

Stream the New Album by Conor Oberst - “Ruminations”

Ruminations Due Out October 14 via Nonesuch

Sep 29, 2016

Conor Oberst of Bright Eyes is releasing a new solo album, Ruminations, on October 14 via Nonesuch. It is described as a solo acoustic album. No actual songs from the album have been shared since the album wasannounced in early August and the album isn't due out for two more weeks, but now you can stream the whole thing below via NPR First ListenMore

Conor Oberst Announces New Solo Acoustic Album

Ruminations Due Out October 14 via Nonesuch

Aug 03, 2016

Conor Oberst of Bright Eyes has announced a new solo album, Ruminations, which is due out October 14 via Nonesuch. It is described as a solo acoustic album. Oberst recorded the album in the winter of 2016 in his hometown of Omaha, Nebraska, after living in New York City for a decade.  More

Jul 20, 2016

Bright Eyes (Conor Oberst, Mike Mogis, and Nathaniel Walcott) have announced a new box set, The Studio Albums 2000-2011, which is due out September 16 via Saddle Creek. It will be released on both vinyl and CD and includes six albums. More

Jul 12, 2016

M. Ward opened for Brian Wilson on Sunday at the Hollywood Bowl and during his performance he brought out his old friends and collaborators Conor Oberst of Bright Eyes and Jim James of My Morning JacketMore

Jun 15, 2016

M. Ward released a new album, More Rain, back in March via Merge. Now he's shared a video for More Rain track "Slow Driving Rain." Carlos Foster directed the clip, which mixes footage of Ward performing the song with moody nighttime driving images. Bright Eyes' Conor Oberst, who was in the supergroup Monsters of Folk with Ward, cameos as a passenger.  More

Listen to Conor Oberst on Marc Maron’s “WTF” Podcast

Talks About Songwriting, Bob Dylan, and False Rape Accusation

Feb 16, 2015

Earlier today Bright EyesConor Oberst appeared on Marc Maron's WTF podcast. More

Aug 20, 2013

On Dec. 6, the Coen brothers will release their newest film, Inside Llewyn Davis, depicting a week in the life of a young folk singer living in Greenwich Village in the winter of 1961 as he struggles for his big break. More

Ranked: Bright Eyes

Bright Eyes' Albums from Most to Least Essential

Apr 10, 2013

Ranked is our recurring series in which one of our writers takes an artist's catalogue and ranks all their official studio albums from best to worst. The order is decided by the individual writer, rather than our editors. This time Michele Yamamoto ranks Bright Eyes. More

Jan 24, 2012

Saddle Creek has announced this morning that it will be re-releasing six previously out of print Bright Eyes EPs and LPs on vinyl.  More

Sep 20, 2011

Check out more photos from Day One of ACL Music Festival 2011 in Austin, TX including Big Boi, Bright Eyes, Fool's Gold, Cold War Kids, James Blake, Kanye West, Kurt Vile, Mavis Staples, Santigold, Smith Westerns, and Wild Beasts. More

Sep 19, 2011

Check out photos from Day One of ACL Music Festival 2011 in Austin, TX including Big Boi, Bright Eyes, Fools Gold, Foster the People, Futurebirds, James Blake, Kanye West, Kurt Vile, Mavis Staples, Santigold, Smith Westerns and Wild Beasts. We sent photographer Robert Redfield down to capture the action. More

Jul 19, 2011

Bright Eyes continues to tease out tour dates. Today the west coast got the happy news that yes—they’re heading in our direction. We have the full listing.  More

Premiere: Live From Nowhere Near You: Volume Two Full Album Stream

Rare and Unreleased Songs from Elliott Smith, Ryan Adams, Bright Eyes, James Mercer, Modest Mouse, Wilco, and much more

Jul 19, 2011

Last week Under the Radar premiered an unreleased Ryan Adams song, "Shine Through the Dark," and now we're pleased to premiere a full stream of the album it's taken from —the 64-track charity compilation Live From Nowhere Near You: Volume Two, which is out today via Greyday Records. The album features rare and unreleased tracks from the likes of Elliott Smith, Bright Eyes (featuring Spoon's Britt Daniel), The Shins' James Mercer, Modest Mouse, Wilco, Daniel Johnston, The Helio Sequence, Blue Giant (featuring members of Sleater-Kinney, The Decemberists, and Viva Voce), and much more. More

Bright Eyes Add More Tour Dates

With Support from Dr. Dog and First Aid Kit

Jul 12, 2011

Bright Eyes have announced more fall tour dates in support of their February release The People's Key. More

Jun 15, 2011

On July 4, Bright Eyes is unleashing a live EP—cleverly titled Live Recordings More

Jun 09, 2011

Bright Eyes headed out to the desert for their new video “Jejune Stars”  (from recently released album The People’s Key).  More

Jun 09, 2011

Bright Eyes, St. Vincent, Mumford & Sons, Phoenix, and Wilco donate items to charity auction. Civil Wars Created Benefit to Aid Alabama. More

Apr 06, 2011

Conor Oberst continues to take final Bright Eyes album The People’s Key to the people with additional tour dates.  More

M. Ward, Dawes Join Bright Eyes Tour

Extra Shows Added to U.S. Tour

Mar 09, 2011

Today, the indie folk-rock outfit confirmed the dates, venues, and acts for the newly added shows to their U.S. tour. We have the details. More

Feb 25, 2011

Before kicking off a series of US tour dates in support of the band's seventh album The People's KeyBright Eyes made a television appearance yesterday to perform on Late Night with David Letterman. More

Feb 16, 2011

There’s a lot of cross-fading and some serious emoting going on in new Bright Eyes video, "Shell Games" from upcoming album, The People’s Key. More

Under the Radar Announces Winter 2011 Issue and Death Cab for Cutie Cover

Issue Includes Interviews with R.E.M., Bright Eyes, The Decemberists, Cut Copy, Jens Lekman, Okkervil River, Panda Bear, Lykke Li, Iron and Wine, Elbow, Duran Duran, Destroyer, and more

Feb 11, 2011

Under the Radar’s Winter 2011 issue is about to hit stands. The cover features Death Cab for Cutie, who gave writer Matt Fink insight into the band’s forthcoming album, Codes and Keys (due out in May). The issue also includes interviews with Bright EyesBritish Sea PowerThe DearsThe DecemberistsDestroyerThe DodosDuran Duran,ElbowIron and WineLykke LiR.E.M.TelekinesisToro Y MoiThe AntlersThe Big PinkCymbals Eat GuitarsEdward Sharpe & The Magnetic Zeros, Jens LekmanOkkervil RiverPanda BearVivian GirlsAnna CalviPorcelain Raft, Smith Westerns, Yuck, and more.

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Feb 08, 2011

Bright Eyes include new stops to the band's upcoming tour. More

NPR Offers First-Listen of New Bright Eyes

The People’s Key Out Feb. 15

Jan 31, 2011

The People's Key, which sees Oberst straying from his recent alt-country sensibility, will stream on the NPR website until the record drops Feb. 15. More

Bright Eyes Extends Tour

New Dates Begin 3/16

Jan 11, 2011

On March 2, Conor Oberst takes to the road in support of forthcoming album The People’s Key—his last album under the Bright Eyes moniker. Today, additional dates were announced. We have the full line-up.  More

Bright Eyes Plays “Shell Games”

The People’s Key Out February 15

Dec 21, 2010

On February 15, Conor Oberst will release The People’s Key—what may be his last album under the Bright Eyes name. Today, the first single was released.  More

Bright Eyes Get Back on the Road

Conor Oberst and Co. Announce Dates for Spring 2011 Tour

Dec 14, 2010

Bright Eyes make their first full run of U.S. shows in over three years. We have the details. More

Bright Eyes Announce First New Album in Nearly Four Years

The People’s Key is Due February 15th on the Band's Longtime Label Saddle Creek.

Nov 30, 2010

After an extended hiatus, Bright Eyes are back with a brand new LP titled The People's Key due in early 2011. We have the details. More

Conor Oberst Plans Brief Tour of California

Supported By Old Pals The Felice Brothers on Most Dates

Aug 13, 2010

Fresh off last month's Omaha benefit Concert for Equality featuring his bands Bright Eyes and Desaparecidos, Conor Oberst has lined up a short solo tour of California. We have the details. More



Reviews

Down in the Weeds, Where the World Once Was

Down in the Weeds, Where the World Once Was

Dead Oceans

Aug 20, 2020

Conor Oberst first pitched the idea of reuniting Bright Eyes at multi-instrumentalist Nathaniel Walcott’s 2017 Christmas party. The response was an instant yes, and both, unwilling to wait any longer, huddled in the bathroom to bring Mike Mogis, the band’s other longtime member, back into the fold.  More

Fevers and Mirrors

Fevers and Mirrors

Saddle Creek

May 28, 2012

The year 2000, when Bright Eyes' Fevers and Mirrors was initially released, was, in retrospect, the final vestige of an era of mystery, soon to be supplanted by Internet message board inundation and Twitter ubiquity. More

Coachella 2011 Day Two Report – Arcade Fire, Suede, Mumford & Sons, and Elbow

Apr 18, 2011

Day two of Coachella 2011 offered few surprises, but plenty of solid sets, including two British bands—one reunited '90s legends back for another try, and the other a star-making main stage performance from a band still on their debut album. More

The People’s Key

The People’s Key

Saddle Creek

Feb 21, 2011

The one defining characteristic of Conor Oberst’s prolific career has been confidence. More