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Conor Oberst, lead singer of the band Bright Eyes, first captured the public's attention as a protest singer with ambitions that brought to mind Bob Dylan. Now, at the advanced age of 27, Oberst seems to have mellowed.

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Mr. CONOR OBERST (Singer): (Singing) …Scheming new pyramids. Another big idea to get you rich.

INSKEEP: Bright Eyes' new album, "Cassadaga," is out today. It mostly avoids politics. In fact, the album's title refers to a Florida town with a high concentration of psychics.

Mr. OBERST: When you go there, you just walk down the little streets and they've all converted the fronts of their houses into their reading rooms. And just walk right in. It's just a sort of magical place.

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INSKEEP: Conor Oberst and Bright Eyes also throw in strings and girl-group harmonies in this song, "Make a Plan to Love Me."

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Mr. OBERST: (Singing) Life is too short. Death doesn't ask…

INSKEEP: The group is Bright Eyes. The album is "Cassadaga." And you can hear a complete concert by Bright Eyes by going to npr.org/music.

It's MORNING EDITION from NPR News. I'm Steve Inskeep.

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