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ARTS
BRIGHT EYES
Continued from Page 9
As Bright Eyes' success has
grown, so has the fan base. At live
shows you will now find an equal
number of undergraduate English
majors and adolescent girls, who
adore Conor Oberst for his senti-
mentality, honesty and, perhaps
above all; his Jimmy Fallon-esque
good looks.
What is most exciting about
Bright Eyes shows, however, is the
unpredictability. Oberst has been

The Michigan Daily - Monday, May 5, 2003 - 11

known to get too drunk to play
(come on, he's a tortured soul -
you can't honestly expect him to
stay sober) or stay dead sober,
solemnly strumming his acoustic
guitar.
You also never know what songs
Oberst will be playing, as he takes
the admirable high road and doesn't
stick to the songs from the previous
major record release and a few of
his old throwbacks. At any given
concert you have the opportunity to
catch a B-side or a rare track put out
on some shared EP. And, because

the band members rotate so consis-
tently, the sound of the songs varies
from show to show - what could be
annoying to some but an insight into
the songs for others. For instance,
on his 2001 tour Oberst hit the road
with six females backing him, con-
siderably changing up the dynamic
from the group on the album.
Whether you enter the venue and
see only Conor Oberst and an
acoustic guitar, or him and 16 of his
close friends on stage, Bright Eyes
is sure to be an exciting, emotional-
ly-charged show.

TONY DING/Daily
This microphone is delicious!
HOMEGROWN PACKS PIG

By Tony Ding
Daily Arts Writer
In a demographic not keen on the
punk rock genre, Ann Arbor's Blind
Pig was packed with hungry area
teens eager for a hearty serving of
SoCal's Homegrown Saturday. The
road-warriors clocked in at the bar to
chat before their gig. "This is a col-
lege town right? So there's a lot of
pussy and stuff," says JohnTran, when
asked why they chose to play here, a
first time for the touring veterans.
Tran stands out amongst his peers, a
rarity. "Having Tran in the band is like
eating filet mignon with chopsticks,"
says bassist Adam Lohrbach. "I'm not
a typical Asian," quips Tran, "I drink
beer and date white girls."
Homegrown's new album, Kings of
Pop, is "aggressive pop rock,"
explains Lohrbach. "We still have the

catchy feel to it, like the choruses, but
it's more rock, more in-your-face," he
adds. Some things haven't changed
however, like Homegrown's audience.
"As we get older, our fans stay the
same age," notes Tran. The band is
going on their ninth year in August
and they're more energized than ever.
As their openers wrapped up and the
Buds are downed, the guys wade
through sweaty fans and leap to
action. Moshing, melodic jumping
and stage-dives ensue.
Homegrown is skipping their regu-
lar spot on the Warped Tour this year
to take part with young Drive-Thru
bands on the label's own headliner in
the fall. Look for them with fellow
seniors Allister and freshmen like the
Starting Line, the Movielife and Early
November.
See more Homegrown photos at
www.michigandaily.com

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