Conor Oberst has said that recently released The People's Key is to be the final Bright Eyes album, and it feels assured, with Oberst (pictured) finally settling his voice and turning in the raw Americana of albums like I'm Wide Awake, It' s Morning for swaggering pop-rock gestures. Gone are the righteous bursts of outrage and naked sentimentality that marked his earlier work, but rather than seeming like selling out, it comes across as growing up, retiring what no longer works for him and embracing his future. But Oberst's quavering delivery and fits of blazing anger have been picked up and amplified by Patrick Stickles of openers Titus Andronicus, whose hard-charging rock 'n' roll splits the difference between academia and whiskey-fueled troublemaking. Bright Eyes may have run its course, but Titus Andronicus is just revving up, finding strength in indignation while tending toward a rollicking punk flavor that's simultaneously youthful and classic. While it's too early to tell if Titus will have the same trajectory as Bright Eyes, the pairing seems natural, with Stickles reshaping cues from Oberst and using sheer force to make them fit his age and his band's identity. It's not exactly passing the torch, but there's fire here nonetheless. 18+.
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