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There were headliners on all three days of Coachella, as there are every year. But this year, there was really only one headliner, and that one headliner was Drake. People talked about that Drake show all weekend. People rapped Drake lyrics at each other every time there was a conversational lull, or asked strangers who… More »

“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 »

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Watch Desaparecidos Kick Out “City On The Hill” On Seth Meyers

Desaparecidos, Conor Oberst's leftist punk band, just released Payola, their second album overall but their first in 13 years. It absolutely rules. And while it…
Tom Breihan | June 25, 2015 - 8:40 am
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Stream Desaparecidos Payola

It's been 13 years since Desaparecidos, Conor Oberst's leftist punk rock band, released Read Music / Speak Spanish, their great debut album. Desaparecidos never officially…
Tom Breihan | June 15, 2015 - 10:50 am
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Desaparecidos – “Backsell”

Technically speaking, Payola is only Desaparecidos' second album, even if they've released plenty of one-off tracks over the years. This year, Conor Oberst picked u…
Caitlin White | May 14, 2015 - 2:21 pm
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Desaparecidos – “City On The Hill” Video

Conor Oberst's reactivated punk band Desaparecidos absolutely destroyed at Coachella the day before yesterday. Today, they're unveiling the video for "City On The Hill," the…
Tom Breihan | April 14, 2015 - 10:28 am

Desaparecidos – “City On The Hill” + Payola Details

Back in 2002, Desaparecidos, the politically motivated punk band led by Bright Eyes frontman Conor Oberst, released a really great album called Read Music /
Tom Breihan | April 6, 2015 - 12:14 pm
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Hear Conor Oberst Discuss Rape Accusation With Marc Maron On WTF

Last year, an anonymous internet commenter accused Conor Oberst of a long-ago rape. Oberst filed a libel lawsuit, and the accuser eventually apologized and admitted
Tom Breihan | February 16, 2015 - 12:50 pm
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My Morning Jacket Played 3 New Songs And Covered 4 Classics With The War On Drugs’ Frontman At One Big Holiday ’15

My Morning Jacket played their first shows in over a year at this year's One Big Holiday, their own music festival that takes place i…
James Rettig | February 2, 2015 - 11:33 am
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Desaparecidos Sign To Epitaph, New LP On The Way

Conor Oberst may have put Bright Eyes to rest, but he's not finished with the bands of his youth. Oberst's punk band Desaparecidos has bee…
Chris DeVille | January 27, 2015 - 1:04 pm
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Conor Oberst – “Standing On The Outside Looking In” & “Sugar Street”

Earlier this year, the former Bright Eyes mastermind Conor Oberst released his solo album Upside Down Mountain. And as part of Record Store Day's Black…
Tom Breihan | December 12, 2014 - 2:19 pm
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Watch Conor Oberst Zigzag Toward The Light On Kimmel

Conor Oberst stopped by Jimmy Kimmel Live! last night to perform Upside Down Mountain track "Zigzagging Toward The Light." It's a faithful performance that suggest…
Chris DeVille | November 12, 2014 - 10:14 am

Conor Oberst – “Common Knowledge” Video

"Do you have any regrets?" asks a female interviewer at the outset of Conor Oberst's "Common Knowledge" video. His reply? "Of course. Lots of regrets.
Chris DeVille | September 5, 2014 - 12:49 pm
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Watch Conor Oberst Perform “Lua” With First Aid Kit & Dawes

Conor Oberst is such a big deal that he can summon two different buzz bands to back him up at will. Or at least that…
Tom Breihan | August 27, 2014 - 5:08 pm
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Photos: Øyafestivalen 2014

Øyafestivalen has now entered its 13th year, and last week, the Norwegian festival’s 2014 iteration filled Oslo with excellent artists. There were folk musicians like…
Miles Bowe | August 13, 2014 - 5:43 pm

Watch Conor Oberst Play “Hundreds Of Ways” On Letterman

Conor Oberst's greatest gift as a performer might be his ability to come off like an angry 15-year-old screaming in his room in just about…
Tom Breihan | July 29, 2014 - 1:04 pm

Conor Oberst Drops Lawsuit Against Rape Accuser

Late last year, a woman named Joanie Faircloth left a comment on the website XOJane accusing Conor Oberst of raping her, claiming the Bright Eye…
Tom Breihan | July 21, 2014 - 8:43 am
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Conor Oberst – “You Are Your Mother’s Child” Video

Thankfully, the whole Conor Oberst rape-accusation debacle has been put to bed -- his accuser admitted that she made the whole thing up, and Oberst
Peter Helman | July 18, 2014 - 12:53 pm

Conor Oberst Issues Statement In Response To Rape Accuser’s Apology

Earlier this week Joanie Faircloth, the woman who accused Conor Oberst of raping her, apologized and admitted she lied about the whole thing. Today, Oberst…
Chris DeVille | July 16, 2014 - 12:51 pm
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Conor Oberst Rape Accuser Admits She Lied

Last year, Joanie Faircloth, commenting on an article on the website XOJane, accused Conor Oberst of raping her in 2004, when she was 16. Oberst…
Tom Breihan | July 14, 2014 - 2:23 pm
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Conor Oberst Seeks Judgment Against Rape Accuser

UPDATE: Nonesuch says the TMZ report is inaccurate and that Oberst has not been dropped from the label.
Tom Breihan | July 8, 2014 - 9:16 am
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