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“To me, Conor Oberst resembles Patti Smith a great deal,” R.E.M.’s Michael Stipe told me in an interview back in 2008. “As a performer, as a magnet. He’s just got that thing that she’s got.” The “thing” Stipe refers to has both captivated legions of followers of Oberst’s band Bright Eyes, and alienated nearly equal… More »

On August 13, 2002, Saddle Creek Records released the third full-length album by Bright Eyes: Lifted Or The Story Is In The Soil, Keep Your Ear To The Ground. Conor Oberst — the band’s sole constant member, songwriter, guitarist, vocalist — was 22 years old at the time. At that point, he’d been releasing music… More »

In “Eagle On A Pole” Conor Oberst sings “I never could get used to happy sounds,” but his new self-titled album is actually plenty full of happy sounds. Take the brief clap-a-long march of “NYC – Gone, Gone.” With a title like that you wouldn’t be wrong to expect some sort of 9/11 ballad, but… More »

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Lorde – “Ladder Song” (Bright Eyes Cover)

Following lead single “Yellow Flicker Beat,” here’s Lorde’s second solo contribution to The Hunger Games: Mockingjay — Part 1 soundtrack that she also curated. It’s a cover of the Bright Eyes’ track “Ladder Song,” which was on his 2011 album The People’s Key. Listen below. More »

By: James Rettig / November 13, 2014 - 9:15 pm

The Hunger Games: Mockingjay – Part 1 Soundtrack Has Chvrches, Haim, Pusha T, Charli XCX, Bat For Lashes, & Kanye’s Lorde Remix

In between stops on her summer tour, Lorde curated the soundtrack to the upcoming blockbuster The Hunger Games: Mockingjay – Part 1. We’ve already heard some of her handiwork in her solo cut “Yellow Flicker Beat” as well as “This Is Not A Game,” her collaboration with the Chemical Brothers and Miguel that premiered earlier… More »

By: Scott Lapatine / October 20, 2014 - 10:36 pm

Mac Miller – “Lua” (Bright Eyes Cover)

Look, I tried to ignore this; I really did. But the streets demanded it. (The streets, in this case, are represented by Scott Lapatine, my boss.) Mac Miller, the frat-rap doofus who became a stoner-rap prankster, has covered the Bright Eyes song “Lua.” And he’s done it straight-up, as a faithful acoustic folk cover, with… More »

By: Tom Breihan / February 7, 2014 - 10:55 am

Conor Oberst Finishing Solo LP, Is Not A Fan Of The Internet

Conor Oberst’s name has been popping up on festival bills galore lately, which suggested a new solo album was afoot. Sure enough, an excerpt from a new Rolling Stone story confirms that Oberst is putting the finishing touches on a country-tinged new LP in Nashville. More »

By: Chris DeVille / January 31, 2014 - 1:58 pm

Conor Oberst Responds To Anonymous Rape Allegations

UPDATE: AP reports that Oberst filed a defamation suit against the accuser earlier today (2/19):… More »

By: Tom Breihan / January 7, 2014 - 11:56 am

Conor Oberst Auditioned To Play Llewyn Davis

The latest issue of Interview features Bright Eyes frontman Conor Oberst interviewing actor Oscar Isaac, who plays the titular Greenwich Village folkie in the Coen brothers’ Inside Llewyn Davis. Their exchange immediately reveals a juicy factoid: Before Isaac was in the picture, Oberst was among those who auditioned for the role of Llewyn Davis. You… More »

By: Chris DeVille / January 2, 2014 - 12:08 pm

Watch Desaparecidos Play New Song At Secret Show

A day after news of an impending Desaparecidos reunion for Omaha’s Maha Maha Fest, a secret show went down at Omaha’s Slowdown featuring Conor Oberst and Co. They led off with a new song, “Left Is Right,” to boot — watch that below. More »

By: Corban Goble / April 24, 2012 - 2:29 pm

First Aid Kit (Feat. Conor Oberst) – “King Of The World”

Though harmonious Swede sisters First Aid Kit first established notoriety through a viral video, their first two releases on Wichita Records showcased a group rapidly improving and growing more confident with their own arrangements. Their new LP is out this week, and recently their new album’s closing track,”King Of The World,” surfaced online. The track… More »

By: Corban Goble / January 23, 2012 - 9:40 am

Bright Eyes @ Hollywood Forever Cemetery, 9/23/11

On Friday night, Bright Eyes took to L.A.’s Hollywood Forever Cemetery to play a set with Kurt Vile. Stereogum snapper Jasper Bernbaum was there to chronicle the Bright Eyes portion of the show and jot down the setlist. More »

By: Corban Goble / September 26, 2011 - 4:35 pm

Watch Bright Eyes & Tom Morello Do “Arienette” and “Road To Joy” Live

A couple of days ago, Bright Eyes brought out guitar icon Tom Morello during its set at the Ottawa Folk Festival for a rendition of Fevers & Mirrors song “Arienette.” Oberst’s take on the song is rather straightforward until he turns it over to Morello, who delivers one of those thrashy, guitar-channeling-other-instruments solos for which… More »

By: Corban Goble / August 31, 2011 - 4:21 pm

Bright Eyes – “Jejune Stars” Video

The platitude-filled “Jejune Stars,” from Bright Eyes’ latest album The People’s Key, gets a video full of fireworks and sparklers. Conor Oberst’s band plays in front of the light show, in silhouette. It seems to fit the song’s title: it’s beautiful, but kinda empty. The video was directed by Lance Acord, who was the cinematographer… More »

By: jessica / June 9, 2011 - 5:38 pm

Scenes From Sasquatch! 2011

Sasquatch! took place over four nights this Memorial Day Weekend. The Washington Festival included some very anticipated shows, including Wolf Parade’s next to last show, new tracks from Modest Mouse, and one of Death From Above 1979’s reunion appearances. That’s Das Racist’s Victor Vazquez getting a kiss from an audience member (not a moment anyone… More »

By: jessica / May 31, 2011 - 5:30 pm

Vampire Weekend, Bright Eyes To Headline Inaugural MTK Festival

A new two-day festival, Music To Know, launches this August in East Hampton, New York with appropriate headliners Vampire Weekend and Bright Eyes along with Cold War Kids, Matt & Kim, Chromeo, Tame Impala, Ra Ra Riot, and M. Ward, among others. Vampire Weekend’s appearance is one of their few planned shows this year. Take… More »

By: brandon / May 10, 2011 - 12:16 pm

Scenes From Coachella ’11: Saturday

While we wait for Kanye’s Super Secret Surprise Guests (Rebecca Black?), let’s glance back at yesterday’s highlights. AnCo, Erykah Badu, Arcade Fire, Big Audio Dynamite, Bright Eyes, Cults, Suede, Glasser, Mumford & Sons, and many more were on hand for Day 2 in the desert. Photos by Graeme Flegenheimer. Enjoy. More »

By: Scott Lapatine / April 17, 2011 - 8:33 pm

Stream Bright Eyes The People’s Key

If you’re into Conor Oberst’s work, you’ve likely heard “Shell Games” and “Haile Selassie” — and maybe those 30 second samples — but today the tease is over: Stream The People’s Key (2/15, Saddle Creek) in full at NPR. The folks at NPR call it “the best record Bright Eyes has ever made” as well… More »

By: brandon / January 31, 2011 - 10:03 am

Bright Eyes – “Haile Selassie”

This morning we pointed you in the direction of 30-second samples of The People’s Key. Here’s track five “Haile Selassie” in full. The title’s the name of the the longtime Ethiopian Emperor. Oberst on African history:… More »

By: brandon / January 26, 2011 - 1:41 pm

Sample Bright Eyes The People’s Key

If you’d like to move beyond “Shell Games,” listen to 30 second samples of Bright EyesThe People’s Key (2/15, Saddle Creek) at Amazon (via We All Want Someone). It offers more a tease than anything conclusive, but it’ll give you an idea. More »

By: brandon / January 26, 2011 - 9:47 am

Bright Eyes – “Shell Games”

As mentioned in November, the new Bright Eyes album The People’s Key is out in February. Take a look at its flaming cover and a listen to its lead track “Shell Games.” The song goes a lot of places in 4 minutes. More »

By: brandon / December 21, 2010 - 11:02 am
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