Conor Oberst has so many capsules of his transition into adulthood captured via his Bright Eyes albums of the past decade. When future generations unearth 2005's Digital Ash in a Digital Urn, they'll get to experience his dark party days in New York, but taking a listen to his brand-new The People's Key is going to be beard-stroker -- if they still have beards in the future.
In my conversation with Oberst -- about this album and his general feelings about the passage of time -- it's clear that he's uneasy about our technological advances just as much as his own increasing age. Although The People's Key is far from an expression of contentment, it's definitely an album that can understand the strength of the present moment in Oberst's iconic career. He begins what could be the final Bright Eyes tour in Miami next week.
The delightful Sean Pajot unfurls the details of the Bruise Cruise Pre-Party being held Thursday at Grand Central. With the local talents of Surfer Blood and Jacuzzi Boys as well as the Black Lips, Vivian Girls, Turbo Fruits, the Strange Boys, Ty Segall, Thee Oh Sees, and Quintron and Miss Pussycat, it should be quite a night.
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Meanwhile, Arielle Castillo shows insight regarding the coming-of-age story for the guys in Underoath. On Sunday, the young posthardcore vets will play along with Thursday at Revolution.
Other notable concerts for the coming week: The Expendables at Culture Room, Filthy Animals at Respectable Street, Keller Williams at Revolution, Luna Rex at Propaganda, Davila 666 at Churchill's, and Noah D at Respectable Street.