Conor Oberst — at Central Park Summerstage, July 29, 2014

Conor Oberst photo sets

at Central Park Summerstage, July 29, 2014
Fox Theater, Pomona on October 3, 2012
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News

Apr 04, 2017

Conor Oberst of Bright Eyes released a new solo acoustic album, Ruminations, last fall via Nonesuch and last month he released a new companion album, Salutations, also via Nonesuch.  More

Mar 17, 2017

Here we highlight six albums due out today that we feel are most worth hearing. We have also included Amazon links for each album. If you click through those links and buy the album (or anything else on Amazon once you've clicked through) then Amazon rewards us with a sales percentage.  More

Stream the New Album by Conor Oberst - “Salutations”

Salutations Due Out March 17 via Nonesuch

Mar 09, 2017

Conor Oberst of Bright Eyes released a new solo acoustic album, Ruminations, last fall via Nonesuch and on March 17 he's releasing a new companion albumSalutations, also via Nonesuch. It includes full-band versions of all of Ruminations' 10 tracks, as well as seven new songs.  More

Watch: Conor Oberst - “Till St. Dymphna Kicks Us Out” Video

Salutations Due Out March 17 via Nonesuch

Feb 21, 2017

Conor Oberst of Bright Eyes released a new solo acoustic albumRuminations, last fall via Nonesuch and on March 17 he's releasing a new companion album, Salutations, also via Nonesuch. It includes full-band versions of all of Ruminations' 10 tracks, as well as seven new songs. More

Conor Oberst Announces New Album, Shares “Napalm” and Video for “A Little Uncanny”

Salutations Due Out March 17 via Nonesuch, Also Stream Another Song - "Tachycardia"

Jan 18, 2017

Conor Oberst of Bright Eyes released a new solo acoustic album, Ruminations, last fall via Nonesuch. Now he has announced a new companion album, Salutations, due out March 17, also via Nonesuch. It includes full-band versions of all ofRuminations' 10 tracks, as well as seven new songs. More

Oct 27, 2016

Conor Oberst of Bright Eyes released a new solo acoustic album, Ruminations, a couple of weeks back via Nonesuch. Last night Oberst stopped by Jimmy Kimmel Live! to perform two songs from the album: "Till St. Dymphna Kicks Us Out" and "Gossamer Thin." Watch videos of both performances below.   More

Stream the New Album by Conor Oberst - “Ruminations”

Ruminations Due Out October 14 via Nonesuch

Sep 29, 2016

Conor Oberst of Bright Eyes is releasing a new solo album, Ruminations, on October 14 via Nonesuch. It is described as a solo acoustic album. No actual songs from the album have been shared since the album wasannounced in early August and the album isn't due out for two more weeks, but now you can stream the whole thing below via NPR First ListenMore

Conor Oberst Announces New Solo Acoustic Album

Ruminations Due Out October 14 via Nonesuch

Aug 03, 2016

Conor Oberst of Bright Eyes has announced a new solo album, Ruminations, which is due out October 14 via Nonesuch. It is described as a solo acoustic album. Oberst recorded the album in the winter of 2016 in his hometown of Omaha, Nebraska, after living in New York City for a decade.  More

Jul 20, 2016

Bright Eyes (Conor Oberst, Mike Mogis, and Nathaniel Walcott) have announced a new box set, The Studio Albums 2000-2011, which is due out September 16 via Saddle Creek. It will be released on both vinyl and CD and includes six albums. More

Listen to New Covers by Sharon Van Etten, Conor Oberst, Andrew Bird, and The Avett Brothers

For Amazon's Gortimer Gibbon's Life on Normal Street EP, Van Etten Covers The Flaming Lips' "Do You Realize??"

Jul 14, 2016

The Amazon Original Series Gortimer Gibbon's Life on Normal Street has featured various different artists doing covers and tomorrow an EP featuring four the covers is being released and you can stream it below.  More

Jul 12, 2016

M. Ward opened for Brian Wilson on Sunday at the Hollywood Bowl and during his performance he brought out his old friends and collaborators Conor Oberst of Bright Eyes and Jim James of My Morning JacketMore

Jun 15, 2016

M. Ward released a new album, More Rain, back in March via Merge. Now he's shared a video for More Rain track "Slow Driving Rain." Carlos Foster directed the clip, which mixes footage of Ward performing the song with moody nighttime driving images. Bright Eyes' Conor Oberst, who was in the supergroup Monsters of Folk with Ward, cameos as a passenger.  More

Austin City Limits Lineup: Radiohead, M83, HAIM, LCD Soundsystem, Foals, and More

Plus: Mumford and Sons, Kendrick Lamar, Chairlift, Local Natives, Band of Horses, Frightened Rabbit, and Others

May 05, 2016

Austin City Limits have announced the lineup of their 2016 festival, in which they will celebrate their 15th anniversary. Highlights include Radiohead, M83, HAIM, LCD Soundsystem, Foals, Kendrick Lamar, Mumford and Sons, Andrew Bird, Local Natives, Conor Oberst, Chairlift, Flying Lotus, Caveman, Marlon Williams, Willie Nelson, Band of Horses, Major Lazer, Frightened Rabbit, and more.  More

May 14, 2015

Desaparecidos, the punk band featuring Conor Oberst, are releasing their first album in 13 years next month. Payola is due out June 23 on Epitaph. The band has now announced some new tour dates.  More

Listen to Conor Oberst on Marc Maron’s “WTF” Podcast

Talks About Songwriting, Bob Dylan, and False Rape Accusation

Feb 16, 2015

Earlier today Bright EyesConor Oberst appeared on Marc Maron's WTF podcast. More

Watch: Conor Oberst on “Jimmy Kimmel Live!”

Upside Down Mountain is Out Now on Nonesuch

Nov 12, 2014

Last night Conor Oberst stopped by Jimmy Kimmel Live! to perform Upside Down Mountain track “Zigzagging Toward The Light.”  More

Sep 05, 2014

Today, Conor Oberst shared a video for "Common Knowledge," a song from his Upside Down Mountain LP released earlier this year. More

Aug 27, 2014

Conor Oberst recently recruited pals First Aid Kit and Dawes to perform for a Cardinal session.  More

Aug 11, 2014

Last week, Oslo, Norway hosted The Øya Festival. We sent writer/photographer Laura Studarus over to cover the event.  More

Jul 30, 2014

On July 29, Conor Oberst and Dawes performed at Central Park’s Summerstage. More

Watch: Conor Oberst on “Letterman”

Performs "Hundreds of Ways"

Jul 29, 2014

Competing with a lot of great late night music last night, Conor Oberst was welcomed as the musical guest on The Late Show with David Letterman. More

Jul 18, 2014

Conor Oberst has premiered a brand new music video for "Your Are Your Mother's Child," taken from the singer/songwriter's most recent solo LP Upside Down Mountain. More

Jul 14, 2014

Back in December of last year Conor Oberst was accused of raping a woman after a Bright Eyes show in 2003. More

Conor Oberst – “Zigzagging Toward The Light” Video

Upside Down Mountain is out now on Nonesuch

May 28, 2014

Conor Oberst steps into the new future in his new video for Upside Down Mountain cut, "Zigzagging Toward The Light."  More

Watch: Conor Oberst on “The Tonight Show”

Performs "Zigzagging Toward the Light"

May 20, 2014

Releasing his brand new solo album Upside Down Mountain this week, last night Conor Oberst was welcomed as the musical guest on Jimmy Fallon's Tonight Show. More

May 12, 2014

Next week Bright Eyes frontman Conor Oberst will release his latest solo offering, Upside Down Mountain. More

Conor Oberst Expands His Upcoming Tour Dates

Upside Down Mountain is out May 20 Via Nonesuch Records

May 06, 2014

Sweet relief for anyone who felt the pang of a broken heart when they found out that Conor Oberst wasn’t coming through their city.  More

Listen: Conor Oberst – “Governor’s Ball”

Upside Down Mountain Due Out May 19 Via Nonesuch Records

Mar 31, 2014

We have details about the new Conor Oberst album. More

Feb 11, 2014

Bright EyesConor Oberst has announced the release of a new solo album, Upside Down Mountain. More

Conor Oberst Auditioned for Inside Llewyn Davis

“Thank god for everyone that I didn't get it.”

Jan 02, 2014

Inside Llewyn Davis could have been a much different film. As reveled in an Interview Magazine article where Conor Oberst interviews actor Oscar Isaac, the Bright Eyes musician was among those who auditioned for the role. More

Oct 08, 2013

Aug 20, 2013

On Dec. 6, the Coen brothers will release their newest film, Inside Llewyn Davis, depicting a week in the life of a young folk singer living in Greenwich Village in the winter of 1961 as he struggles for his big break. More

Conor Oberst & Desaparecidos Announce New Tour Dates

Group and Solo Shows Coast-to-Coast

May 07, 2013

Reuniting last year Conor Oberst and his punk band the Desaparecidos have announced plans for a new batch of performances later this fall. More

Desaparecidos To Release New Songs Tomorrow

Both Tracks Streaming Online

Aug 01, 2012

Desaparecidos, the newly reunited Nebraska punk band fronted by Conor Oberst, has announced that they will release their first new material in a decade tomorrow on Aug. 2. More

Jul 11, 2012

Are you in Omaha, Nebraska? In the mood for some music? We’ve got your way into the Maha Musical Festival in Omaha, Nebraska, taking place Saturday, August 11. The fest features Dum Dum GirlsMynabirdsGarbageDesaparecidos, and more. 

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Desaparecidos Announce Reunion Tour

Plus Conor Oberst Solo Dates

May 01, 2012

Conor Oberst's recently reunited punk band Desaparecidos have announced a select number of U.S. tour dates set to take place this August. More

Conor Oberst’s Band Desaparecidos Reunites

Playing Maha Music Festival

Apr 23, 2012

Conor Oberst's former punk band Desaparecidos have announced that they will reunite for a special hometown performance in Omaha, Nebraska for the Maha Music Festival this August. More

Conor Oberst Documentary Set For DVD Release

Chronicling the Formation of The Mystic Valley Band

Feb 02, 2012

A documentary following the formation and output of Conor Oberst and his Mystic Valley Band is scheduled to be released on DVD on May 15.  More

NPR Offers First-Listen of New Bright Eyes

The People’s Key Out Feb. 15

Jan 31, 2011

The People's Key, which sees Oberst straying from his recent alt-country sensibility, will stream on the NPR website until the record drops Feb. 15. More

Bright Eyes Get Back on the Road

Conor Oberst and Co. Announce Dates for Spring 2011 Tour

Dec 14, 2010

Bright Eyes make their first full run of U.S. shows in over three years. We have the details. More

Bright Eyes Announce First New Album in Nearly Four Years

The People’s Key is Due February 15th on the Band's Longtime Label Saddle Creek.

Nov 30, 2010

After an extended hiatus, Bright Eyes are back with a brand new LP titled The People's Key due in early 2011. We have the details. More

Conor Oberst Plans Brief Tour of California

Supported By Old Pals The Felice Brothers on Most Dates

Aug 13, 2010

Fresh off last month's Omaha benefit Concert for Equality featuring his bands Bright Eyes and Desaparecidos, Conor Oberst has lined up a short solo tour of California. We have the details. More

Jul 02, 2010

When Arizona’s controversial immigration law was announced, many musicians organized in Sound Strike, an effort spearheaded by Zack de la Rocha to put economical pressure to repeal the law. Charlie Levy, an independent concert promoter based out of Phoenix addressed the musicians in an open letter, requesting that rather than boycott the state the musicians use their performances to speak out against the law. Today, Conor Oberst (Bright Eyes/Monsters of Folk) replied. We have his letter. 

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Vampire Weekend, Jenny Lewis, Grizzly Bear, Tegan & Sara Make Crafts For Haiti

Contributors Also Include: Fleet Foxes, M. Ward, Feist, Conor Obest, Aziz Ansari, Devendra Banhart, and many others

Mar 10, 2010

Haiti is still recovering from January's devastating earthquake. Aiding the recovery efforts is a group of musicians and artists who are auctioning off exclusive items to benefit the nation. The project, called Crafts For a Cause, is spearheaded by Binki Shapiro of Little Joy and will go live on March 15th. Among the items up for bidding, an original song by Mark Ronson, a camera painted by Drew Barrymore, and a shirt designed by M. Ward. Other artists involved include: Jenny Lewis, Tegan & Sara, Vampire Weekend, Grizzly Bear, Fleet Foxes, Feist, Conor Obest, Aziz Ansari, Devendra Banhart, Cat Power, Daft Punk, Natalie Portman, The Strokes, and many others. More

Yes Virginia, There (Might) be a New Bright Eyes Album

Conor Oberst to Record as Bright Eyes After Monsters of Folk Tour

Oct 01, 2009

Conor Oberst, solo artist and member of Monsters of Folk, might be returning to the Bright Eyes moniker. More

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Aug 06, 2009

Subscribe or Renew between August 5th and August 20th and enter to win A PAIR OF TICKETS* to Sunset Junction in Los Angeles on August 22-23rd! (*No hotel or airfare provided.) The line-up includes Conor Oberst & The Mistic Valley Band, Built to Spill, Islands, Local Natives, and others. More

The Artist Formerly Known As Bright Eyes Announces One Last Album Under The Moniker

Other Connor Oberst Project “Monsters of Folk” Debut Album Out September 22nd.

Jul 22, 2009

In an apparent move to separate himself from his wunderkind past, Conor Oberst announced today that he’ll be retiring the Bright Eyes name after one last disk – due in the early part of 2010. More

M. Ward, Jim James, Conor Oberst, and Mike Mogis Form Monsters of Folk

With Your Powers Combined - I Am Captain Folk!

Jun 12, 2009

Your eyes don't deceive you. Monsters of Folk—aka Conor OberstMy Morning Jacket's Jim James, M. Ward, and producer/engineer Mike Mogis is a reality! The verdict is still out and whether this will be a runaway Traveling Wilburys-like success or a M.O.R. Highwaymen-esque novelty. The trio of songwriters are certainly in BFF material. They've joined each other on and offstage, been Under the Radar favorites, and covered each others' songs, but the build-up to this was questionable at best. More

Coachella 2009 Kicks off With Strong Sets from Paul McCartney and Leonard Cohen

The Former Beatle Plays an Emotional Set on the Anniversary of His Wife's Passing

Apr 18, 2009

Coachella 2009 kicked off with strong sets from living legends Leonard Cohen and Paul McCartney, as the crowd adjusted to a desert heat that was forecasted to get even hotter as the weekend went on. More

Coachella Day One Photos

View photos of Paul McCartney, Morrissey, Leonard Cohen, Franz Ferdinand, Conor Oberst, Noah and the Whale, and others

Apr 18, 2009

Check out photos from Coachella day one (Friday, April 17, 2009) More

Read Interviews with Artists Playing Coachella

Under the Radar articles on Those Performing This Weekend

Apr 16, 2009

We have posted to our website select previous Under the Radar interviews with some of the great artists playing the Coachella festival this weekend. If you're heading out to the festival, then check out these interviews at the links below to either give you a primer on an unfamiliar artist or remind you why they are one of your favorites whose set you will definitely be catching. Even if you're not hitting the desert festival, this is a great collection of back issue content newly posted to the site. More

Apr 08, 2009

Conor Oberst, backed by The Mystic Valley Band, will be releasing their second full-length effort Outer South on May 5th.  As a preface to both the release and an upcoming U.S. tour, the band will offer up a free documentary (made by guitar-tech Paul Schaffart) online. More

Merge Announces Initial Line-up for 20th Anniversary Festival

Merge XX to go down in North Carolina in July

Apr 08, 2009

In honor of their 20th anniversary, the seminal indie label Merge Records will be presenting a five-day festival in North Carolina entitled XX Merge. More


Interviews

Monsters of Folk

Averting Disaster

Oct 01, 2009

It's one of the most ill-used words in the rock and roll lexicon, but 20 years ago, Bob Dylan, George Harrison, Tom Petty, Roy Orbison, and Jeff Lynne brought new meaning to the word "supergroup" when they formed The Traveling Wilburys. More

Conor Oberst

Mexican Getaway

Jun 01, 2008

"In the kind of world where everything is readily available to everyone, information-wise, I think there’s something nice about a little bit of mystery,” says Conor Oberst, describing the hype or lack thereof surrounding his new, eponymous solo album.  
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Reviews

Salutations

Salutations

Nonesuch

Mar 17, 2017

As he croons away with that weather-beaten voice and twinkle-eyed cynicism, it's easy to forget Conor Oberst is only 37. A ubiquitous figure on the indie scene for decades, the man from Nebraska has released roughly an album every year since his 1993 debut.  More

Øya Festival 2014 Day Two: Conor Oberst, JUNGLE, Janelle Monáe, Little Dragon, and Outkast.

August 7th, 2014

Aug 13, 2014

Every festival has one day that stands head and shoulders above the rest. While every day at Øya this year felt like an embarrassment of riches, Thursday was my absolute favorite—thanks to strong sets from Conor OberstJUNGLEJanelle MonáeLittle Dragon, and Outkast. More

Conor Oberst at the Central Park Summerstage

July 29th, 2014

Jul 30, 2014

You never know when it comes to New York in the summer. It can be 100 degrees and 95% humidity. It can be torrential thunderstorms. Or it can be like last night in Central Park--perfect. The weather’s cooperation set the stage for Conor Oberst and Dawes to join forces in an interesting melding of folky rock. More

Upside Down Mountain

Upside Down Mountain

Nonesuch

May 19, 2014

Conor Oberst sounds as though he has been slowly stepping away from the musical quirks he used to capture the indie rock community's attention way back when. Reserved in word count, less emphatic on delivery, and more polished in production, Upside Down Mountain almost feels un-ironic. More

Coachella 2009 Day One

April 17th, 2009

Apr 18, 2009

Coachella 2009 kicked off with strong sets from living legends Leonard Cohen and Paul McCartney, as the crowd adjusted to a desert heat that was forecasted to get even hotter as the weekend went on. More