Bright Eyes returns with the People's Key, (released February 15, 2011 on Saddle Creek). The album was an eagerly awaited follow-up to 2007's acclaimed Cassadaga. Conor Oberst's band has produced ten full albums and several EPs. This one is a "career-defining work of art." With a lineup of contributors, chart positions in various countries, and reviews like NME calling it "synthetic perfection." Bright Eyes just returned from SXSW, and you can listen to their full concert in the XPN SXSW music archives.
Thurston Moore, primarily recognized as the singer, songwriter, guitarist, and frontman for the critically acclaimed art/punk rock band Sonic Youth in the 1980s, is also an acclaimed solo artist. Despite having an extensive repertoire of albums from Sonic Youth and other collaborations, Moore managed to squeeze in four solo albums dating as far back as 1995. His upcoming Beck-produced album Demolished Thoughts (due out May 24 on Matador Records), is expected to blow fans away. Download a cut,"Benediction," from the new album, at NPR.org/music!
The story begins in Gothenburg, Sweden where the popular singer-songwriter Jose Gonzalez and friends Elias Araya, who began collaborating when they were 14 years old. Later joined by Tobias Winterkorn, the trio completely swapped their hardcore rock sound for a gorgeous and haunting folk style we associate with Junip today. Their debut full-length Fields pairs an organically raw "rough and tough" sound with softly sung melodies, hypnotic psychedelia and some Afro-beat inspired rhythms. Junip was a guest on World Cafe with David Dye in December, 2010.