Sunday, March 20, 2011

Bright Eyes @ SXSW 2011 (in bullets)

music: Bright Eyes, Bright Eyes, Bright Eyes


Ah, what an amazing two-hour set! I stayed up till like 4:45 a.m. and watched the live feed at The audio should be available later on today, and tomorrow, a video replay will also be available. I'll definitely watch it again. (Update: the audio :) (March 24 update: the video is up, yay!)

  • The old songs they played last night are slightly reworked, which makes this npr recording a little treasure worth holding on to.
  • I was under the impression Conor was trying to distance himself from the early BE records. So glad I was wrong! (Fevers and Mirrors is one of the albums that really got me into their music.) However, during this tour, the Americana/folk sound is what he's trying to distance himself from. Pretty much all the songs they played at SXSW have a... what he calls "a modern sound".
  • It's so great to see him play Road To Joy with the same energy he played it years ago on tv. (well... with almost the same energy *wink*).
  • Conor is such a sweetheart: he gave a shout-out to the Supermoon, he stood next to the sign language interpreter, and at the end he hugged as many people as he could.
  • I thought the fireworks following the show were going to be tacky, but: how appropriate! - the fireworks started just as One for You, One for Me was ending, and you could hear the voice of Denny Brewer talking about the cosmos and stuff. What a wonderful juxtaposition that was!

Also at SXSW: Bright Eyes played an AOL Pop-Up Show, which is available for streaming at

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