The festival getaway known as Coachella is around the corner and hornface.com is going to provide you with up-to-date news, information, and exclusive content on the road to Indio. There are dozens of bands waiting to rock in the desert, but we wanted to highlight a special few that need to be on your radar. Stay tuned to Examiner’s Music Guide for more on this festival and others!
#5 Bright Eyes
Conner Oberst and his band of not-so-merry men are a lightning rod in modern music: some compare his honest lyrics and smooth storytelling to Bob Dylan, while others don’t understand why he has to cry all of the time. Regardless of your preference, Bright Eyes has maintained a staggering amount of fans throughout various musical transitions, from the doe-eyed shoegazer that sang “I want a lover I don’t have to love,” to the mature young man who sings of war and peace. Now, Bright Eyes has been around for long enough and involved in enough music to break the chains of expectation. The Omaha native is free to explore Coachella in a way he never has before, as this is his fourth time performing, but only his second as Bright Eyes). With nearly 30 releases on his shelf and dozens more under different monikers and bands, only Oberst’s imagination can hinder the set list.
After trading his acoustic guitar for an electric, without receiving a quarter of the flack Dylan got, Oberst may choose to stick to his Mystic Valley material. Smart money is on “People’s Key” material, a solid mix of classic Bright Eyes sounds and matured Oberst lyrics. His Coachella performances have made fans weep, literally, which you can see by checking out the video to the left. The powerful and honest nature of his dialogue is a swell match with his underappreciated guitar work. While he can get a bit “dancy”, he won’t give the Sahara Tent any competition, as a cool, summer night is probably the best setting to chill out, tune in, and rock out.