You wanted a hit? Well, The People’s Key is Bright Eyes‘ most straightforward, nose-to-grindstone rock album yet, and just in time to be a rollicking swan song, as scarily prolific mastermind Conor Oberst has maintained it will be the last for the group (Oberst, Mike Mogis, and Nathaniel Walcot). (He hasn’t said much to corroborate it lately, though; all theories welcome, with bonus points for Winona conspiracies.) The album’s pretty Hitler-obsessed, but even that bleak cloud can’t numb the gorgeous emotional resonance of wafting psychedelia number “Haile Selassie” and triumphant banner-waver “Jejune Stars.” Even if you’ve disparaged emo-rock before, don’t close the door without opening this window first.
Tue., March 8, 8 p.m.; Wed., March 9, 8 p.m., 2011