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>> INDIE FAVORITES BRIGHT EYES TALKS WITH WEEKENDER BEFORE THIS SUNDAY'S RICHMOND GIG page 2
Indie favorites Bright Eyes talks with Weekender before playing Richmond this Sunday night

 What's the word? Bright Eyes hits The National in Richmond, Sunday, fronted by the unique Conor Oberst.
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Date published: 3/3/2011

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"I've taken a little something from every project I've worked on," Mogis said. "Working with [M. Ward] taught me how to strip something down, how to censor myself.

"I think that's made our songs a lot more focused and driven."

Older fans of Bright Eyes' sprawling, indulgent folk anthems need not worry about the current live show being stripped back, however. In fact, Mogis claims that the current touring band--which will include several members of the original "Fevers and Mirrors" lineup--will have 50 songs rehearsed each night, covering every record in their back catalog.

"I've never been on a tour with any band where they've had that many songs prepared," Mogis said. "We're going to be digging pretty far back."

Yet he's quick to emphasize that the breadth of the current tour doesn't necessarily indicate that this might be Bright Eyes' last--a possibility Oberst has hinted at in recent interviews.

"Recording this album after taking such a long hiatus, almost felt like we were making the first one again," Mogis said. "Bright Eyes is so distant now, it almost feels nonexistent.

"It feels like we're starting over."

Ryan Marr is a Fredericksburg writer.


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What: Bright Eyes (with Cursive) Where: The National, 708 E. Broad St., Richmond When: 7 p.m. Sunday, March 6 Cost: $25, or $28 the day of the show Info: 804/612-1900; thenationalva.com