Catching up on some news from earlier this week, Conor Oberst and the Mystic Valley Band announced it is releasing a second album on Merge May 5, titled Outer South. According to CMJ, “The album will feature songs written by both the Bright Eyes mastermind and other band members, including Nik Boesel, Nik Freitas, and Taylor Hollingsworth, and was recorded at Sonic Ranch Studios in Tornillio, just outside El Paso.” The sold-out April 9 show at Slowdown apparently is in support of the release. It’s beginning to look more and more like Bright Eyes may be a thing of the past. It’s conceivable that Oberst will be touring this new album through the balance of the year. That will be followed in 2010 by the long-talked-about Conor Oberst / Jim James / M. Ward / Mike Mogis album, which will likely see a tour of its own. If Oberst is working with Nate Walcott in Mystic Valley Band and Mogis in this separate project, what’s the point in even doing a Bright Eyes album since Conor, Nate and Mike are the only permanent members of that band? It’s hard to believe that it’s been almost two years since Cassadaga was released…
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Marty Hillard, the Lawrence, Kansas, chap who you remember from a few years back performing as TheSisterMaria, is playing tonight at O’Leaver’s with his new band, Cowboy Indian Bear, along with Thunder Power, Why Make Clocks and Platte River Rain. The show should be the usual $5, and start around 9:30.
Also tonight, Saddle Creek Bar has hard rock acts Constant Velocity and Sin. $5, 9 p.m. Thank You and Mi Ami are at Slowdown Jr. $8, 9 p.m. And Midwest Dilemma is playing at The Barley St. with Down with the Ship, Where Astronauts Go to Hide and Fiance. $5, 9 p.m.
Tomorrow night, it’s the long-awaited CD release show for Ladyfinger‘s new one, Dusk, at Slowdown Jr. with Noah’s Ark Was a Spaceship and Landing on the Moon. That’s right, I said Slowdown Jr., which means this one will be packed to the gills. Get there early. $7, 9 p.m.
Also happening Saturday night: Underwater Dream Machine is playing at The Barley St. with Cat Island. $5, 9 p.m.; and Javier Ochoa is having his 40th Birthday Bash at The Waiting Room with a bevy of tribute bands. Your $10 cover will go toward the Multiple Sclerosis Society. This one starts early — 7 p.m.
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