The adage goes that good things come to those who wait which means Bright Eyes fans must be in for a treat.
Since 2007 Conor Oberst – the principle founder, singer and songwriter for Bright Eyes – has been on a bit of a musical odyssey releasing the solo album Outer South (Merge) with his friends The Mystic Valley Band. Later that year Oberst reunited with the supergroup Monsters of Folk that includes fellow Bright Eyes member Mike Mogis, M. Ward and Jim James of My Morning Jacket. The band released a self-titled album and toured behind it while all the artists other projects waited their turn.
Well, crooners and lonely hearts, wait no longer because Oberst and team Bright Eyes is back with its first album in nearly four years. The People’s Key will hit shelves on February 15 courtesy of Saddle Creek Records, but thanks to NPR’s series First Listen, mega-fans and curious bystanders alike can stream the new album in its entirety.
New Yorkers take note that tickets are still available for both Bright Eyes shows at Radio City Music Hall on March 8 and 9. To sweeten the deal, the band has added Superchunk and Wild Flag as support to both shows.
Readers should take note of NPR’s First Listen series as it is an excellent way to test drive new albums from some of your favorites as well as a vehicle for discovering artists that have the NPR stamp of approval. Other selections currently available on NPR are Telekinesis’ 12 Desperate Straight Lines (Merge) and Earth's Angels of Darkness, Demons of Light 1 (Southern Lord).
Enjoy them for free while you can!