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Monsters of Folk Announce 15th Anniversary Reissue, Share Previously Unreleased Song “Disappeared”

Conor Oberst, Jim James, M. Ward, and Mike Mogis Super Group Joined by Will Johnson

May 14, 2024

Monsters of Folk were a supergroup who released one self-titled album in 2009. The group featured Conor Oberst and Mike Mogis of Bright Eyes, Jim James of My Morning Jacket, and M. Ward. Now they have announced a 15th anniversary reissue of the album that features five bonus tracks recorded with a fifth member, Will Johnson of Centro-matic. They have shared one of those songs, “Disappeared.” More

Jun 08, 2018

Surprise! With no advance warning, M. Ward has self-released a new album, What a Wonderful Industry. The album includes 12 new songs, including two (“Miracle Man” and “Bobby”) that feature Jim James of My Morning Jacket (Ward was also in the supergroup Monsters of Folk with him). 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 Jacket. More

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

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

Jun 21, 2010

Last Friday The Roots performed their new single “Dear God 2.0” with Jim James of My Morning Jacket on Late Night with Jimmy Fallon. They also released the music video for the single. Check out the videos.


Austin City Limits Lineup Announced

Yeasayer, Spoon, Vampire Weekend, and Monsters of Folk, Among Others, Set to Play

May 18, 2010

Festival fans rejoice, the lineup for 2010’s Austin City Limits has been announced. Lineup includes Muse, Flaming Lips, LCD Soundsystem, Spoon, and Vampire Weekend, among others. We have the full details. More

Apr 23, 2010

The Roots’ (aka coolest late night show house band ever) new album How I Got Over will feature a few familiar facesJoanna Newsom and Monsters of Folk‘s Jim James. More

New Monsters of Folk Video for “Say Please”

Watch the New Video Complete with Cowboys, Soldiers and Roller Skates...

Nov 13, 2009

Come watch the new Monsters of Folk video for album single, “Say Please.” More

Under the Radar Announces Fall Issue

Issue Features Monsters of Folk, The Flaming Lips, Massive Attack, of Montreal vs. Hall & Oates, The Swell Season, Yo La Tengo, David Tennant, and more

Oct 02, 2009

Under the Radar‘s Fall Issue is about to hit newsstands. Monsters of Folk graces the cover and the issue features an in-depth 9-page article on the indie supergroup that includes interviews with all four members: Jim James, Mike Mogis, Conor Oberst, and M. Ward. The issue also features The Flaming Lips, Massive Attack, of Montreal vs. Hall & Oates, The Swell Season, Yo La Tengo, David Tennant, The Dodos, Richard Hawley, The Hidden Cameras, Soulsavers, A Sunny Day in Glasgow, Taken By Trees, Sondre Lerche, Atlas Sound, The Antlers, BLK JKS, Cold Cave, The Drums, HEALTH, and more. More

Monsters of Folk Album Art Released

Intricate Cover Illustrated by Matt Hollings with a Full Booklet to Match

Sep 04, 2009

Illustrator Matt Hollings labyrinthine artwork for the upcoming Monsters of Folk album has been released along with a word on the booklet. More

Monsters Of Folk Announce World Tour

Group to Donate a Portion of Ticket Sales to Charity

Jul 24, 2009

As reported yesterday, Bright Eyes Conor Oberst is a busy man. His life is about to get more hectic, as Monsters of Folk tour dates were announced today—scheduling the Oberst, M.Ward, Jim James and Mike Mogis supergroup for a late autumn trip around the world. 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 Oberst, My 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


Monsters of Folk

Averting Disaster

Oct 02, 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