Bright Eyes Return to the Road

For the first time in over three years, folk rockers Conor Oberst, Mike Mogis and Nathaniel Walcott will be hitting the road for a US tour. Better known as Bright Eyes, the trio will be joined on this tour by an array of talented musicians who helped put together the band’s 7th full-length release. Set for a February 15th release date, The People’s Key is sure to featured a slew of indie classics.

Upcoming Tour Dates
3/2 The Fillmore Miami Beach @ The Jackie Gleason Miami, FL

3/3 House of Blues Lake Buena Vista, FL

3/4 Tabernacle Atlanta, GA

3/5 Thomas Wolf Auditorium Asheville, NC

3/6 The National Richmond, VA

3/8 Radio City Music Hall *** New York, NY

3/9 Radio City Music Hall *** (SOLD OUT!) New York, NY

3/10 House Of Blues Boston, MA

3/11 State Theatre Portland, ME

3/13 Sound Academy Toronto, ON

3/14 Royal Oak Royal Oak, MI

3/15 Vic Theatre Chicago, IL

3/17 Ryman Auditorium Nashville, TN

*** Superchunk and Wild Flag support both Radio City shows

Superchunk – “Majesty Shredding”

Superchunk, the near dormant pop-punk, bubble-gum, outsider band is BACK with their ninth studio album in twenty years and it’s just like they never left.

However, they did leave. Their last “full” album was 2001’s Here’s to Shutting Up and after that absence, Superchunk brings us a strong, hooky album that is unfortunately a decade too late, which may sound a bit unfair.

The past few years have seen a rise in other bands have taken that self-aware weirdo pop and run full tilt with it plainly building on what acts like Superchunk, Dinosaur Jr. and Pavement have done before.

The large issue is that these newer, younger bands have pushed forward and are able to offer experiences that are influenced by that kind of 1990s kick but are thankfully not slavishly devoted to it.

Everything about this album is just extraneous. There is no delight of the unexpected, there is no note not calculated based on time-tested, 90s, slightly-pop, slightly-punk “alternative” sound. If you love that sound, then you’re set. Hell, this is probably your favorite year ever with the return or return to form of so many 90s bands and you’re just reading this to confirm your opinion that this album totally rocks. If that’s the case, you probably already have this album.

If you are not already a fan, this album may convince you to check out their previous works, but it’s not an essential release and will most likely be forgotten this time next year.

Majesty Shredding is a solid album recalling a particular sound in a particular time and your tolerance for that kind of music will inform your patience for the album.