May 15, 2015
Sarah Santiago 10th grade Esperanza Academy Charter School Fully fund my education because it is my right to have one. I have the right to knowledge, and I have the right to learn about the world and what is happening in it. I have the right to know of all the hate and misery that is in our world, but I also have the right to gain the tools that I need to change that. Fully fund my education because I am a young Latina, and we live in a world where the odds are always against the favor of myself and those just like me. Fully fund my education because I want to be a leader, and I want to be a leader without having to be looked down upon because I am female and a Latina.
October 14, 2014 |
On a cold-snap Saturday night in a crowded, airtight, windowless Boot & Saddle, Allo Darlin' brought some breeze and brightness. They couldn't help it. With three albums (including the just-released We Come From the Same Place ), the Anglo Australian quartet has experience at crafting sweetly sunny, smart pop with innocent yet contemplative lyrics whose hard jangle and flittering flights of funky fancy are reminiscent of Scotland's Orange Juice. But this band's chiming, charming vocals and effervescent, experiential lyrics come not from a wonky Scot but from Australian singer/ukulele player Elizabeth Morris, a fresh-faced, pixie-haired lass whose light, sharp alto is as open as her expression of glee - often in the lively embrace of sad-eyed bewilderment.
May 24, 2014 |
'I used to think time was of the essence," Conor Oberst sang on "Hundreds of Ways" during his sold-out show at Union Transfer on Wednesday. "Now I'm just trying to get some sleep. " That's right, folks: Bright Eyes is all grown up. The wunderkind songwriter from Omaha, after two decades as an indie oracle, is 34. This week, he put out Upside Down Mountain , a solo album that's his first-ever for a major label and first full-length release since 2011's The People's Key , with his band Bright Eyes.
February 26, 2013 |
Saturday's sold-out Desaparecidos show at Union Transfer began with a recording of Ted Nugent enthusiastically advocating unrestricted gun laws and working up to a comparison of President Obama to King George. As Nugent's message became increasingly extreme, the band, led by Bright Eyes' Conor Oberst, launched into "The Left is Right," a brief blast of pro-Occupy Wall Street punk rock that announced an evening of impassioned politics and rabble-rousing rock and roll. Oberst formed Desaparecidos in the early 2000s as a noisy voice for political and social change, and as a contrast to his intensely self-absorbed work in the much-loved Bright Eyes.
December 19, 2012
A look at some of those who died in Newtown, Conn.: Charlotte Bacon, 6 They were supposed to be for the holidays, but finally on Friday, after hearing much begging, Charlotte Bacon's mother relented and let her wear the new pink dress and boots to school. It was the last outfit the outgoing redhead would ever pick out. Charlotte's older brother, Guy, was also in the school but was not shot. Her parents, JoAnn and Joel, had lived in Newtown for four or five years, JoAnn's brother John Hagen, of Nisswa, Minn., told Newsday.
November 16, 2012 |
Ever since he began playing shows in his hometown of Omaha, Neb., when he was 12 years old, Conor Oberst has been a busy man. The gifted lyricist, now 32, has a reputation as an indie folk-rock oracle, recording with musicians Mike Mogis and Nate Walcott as Bright Eyes, under his own name, and with side projects such as the agit-punk band Desaparecidos and the indie super-group Monsters of Folk. On Sunday, Oberst will make a rare, almost-solo appearance at the Kimmel Center's Verizon Hall.
June 13, 2011 |
Conor Oberst began growing up in public when he was 14 years old and established himself as a songwriting wunderkind with the band Commander Venus. And even when he was a boy, Oberst was a serious man. That's still true of the word slinger from Omaha, Neb., now 31, whose band Bright Eyes headlined a bill that also included M. Ward and Dawes at the Mann Center for the Performing Arts in Fairmount Park on Friday. Bright Eyes' nearly 21/2-hour, not-so-well-paced, career-spanning set reached back to 2000's Fevers and Mirrors for "The Calendar Hung Itself" and "Something Vague," but was rooted in The People's Key , the songwriter's first album under the Bright Eyes rubric since 2007.
June 10, 2011
Those Darlins Those Darlins routinely get labeled as a cowpunk or alt-country band, but that's mainly because they hail from Tennessee and drop the"g" from the last word of their excellent name. Actually, darlin', what the fab foursome of front women Nikki, Jessi, and Kelley Darlin and drummer Linwood Regensburg are is a trashy garage rock band with more in common with Joan Jett and the Ramones than Dolly Parton. The Darlins' second full-length album, Screws Get Loose, expands the group's range from the stoner blues of "Mystic Mind" to the girl-group grabbiness of "Tina Said" and "Boy," and the songwriting quality is uniformly high throughout the tight, tough, 11-song set. Fellow Nashville garage band Natural Child are along for the ride.
June 10, 2011 |
Bright Eyes front guy Conor Oberst made his initial mark with bruised and bitter, angsty and romantic adolescent confessionals. Songs folksily strummed and alt-rocking, packed with dense, stream-of-conscious imagery that searched the dark streets, bedrooms and corridors of power (as well as his soul) for meaning. And often came up short, with unbridled anger at a world out of his control. Now he's 31, though, and wiser to the big-picture realities. Oberst has learned to make a career as well as a calling of his work.
November 5, 2009 |
Touring with Jim James, M. Ward, and Mike Mogis in the indie super group Monsters of Folk has been like "a fantasy, an erotic dream" for Conor Oberst. The acclaimed songwriter doesn't mean that in a kinky way, though these Monsters - who will don shiny suits to play the Academy of Music Monday in support of their self-titled debut album - showed a talent for role playing by dressing up as Kiss in Louisville on Halloween. The Omaha singer/guitarist is simply saying the spotlight-sharing shows have been thoroughly gratifying for all. This week, Oberst and James - the singer for the Louisville rock band My Morning Jacket with the celestial sans vibrato voice - sat together for a speakerphone chat backstage from Toronto's Massey Hall.