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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 doesn’t seem that weird to see Oberst on late-night TV, it does seem slightly weird to see this version of Oberst, with the tangled hair in his face and the… More »

By: Tom Breihan / June 25, 2015 - 8:40 am

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 broke up, but they went inactive for many years, only coming back in 2010 to play a few live shows and to release a few great one-off singles. And now… More »

By: Tom Breihan / June 15, 2015 - 10:50 am

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 up the threads of his politically minded punk band, put together a new album, and is touring behind the album, even playing big tent festivals like Coachella. Mike Mogis is producing… More »

By: Caitlin White / May 14, 2015 - 2:21 pm

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 single from their long-awaited sophomore album Payola. For the video, director Rob Stoucy frantically stitched together a ton of old footage, much of it from news broadcasts and commercials. It’… More »

By: Tom Breihan / April 14, 2015 - 10:28 am

The 9 Best Moments Of Coachella 2015 Sunday

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 »

By: Tom Breihan / April 13, 2015 - 10:37 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 / Speak Spanish. Up until now, that’s the only album they ever managed to release. The band drifted apart after that album dropped, but they got back together in 2010, and… More »

By: Tom Breihan / April 6, 2015 - 12:14 pm

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 that the story wasn’t true. Oberst dropped the lawsuit. But to hear Oberst tell it, the episode still haunts him. Oberst is the latest guest on WTF, the comedian Marc… More »

By: Tom Breihan / February 16, 2015 - 12:50 pm

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 in Mexico. (Here’s our report from last year.) Over the course of three nights, the band debuted three new songs that fans are calling “Big D,” “Compound,” and “Only Memories.” They… More »

By: James Rettig / February 2, 2015 - 11:33 am

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 been active on-and-off since 2010, when they got back together after an eight-year absence. But despite a handful of singles and shows, they haven’t released a full-length album since 2002 debut… More »

By: Chris DeVille / January 27, 2015 - 1:04 pm

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 Friday promotion last month, Oberst released a 7″ single that featured two previously unreleased songs, “Standing On The Outside Looking In” and the touring-blues ballad “Sugar Street,” that came from… More »

By: Tom Breihan / December 12, 2014 - 2:19 pm

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 suggests Oberst and his band would go over well at jam band festivals these days. Watch footage below. More »

By: 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. But it doesn’t really matter now.” They banter for a while longer until the Upside Down Mountain track kicks in. David Altobelli’s black-and-white clip then tracks Oberst hanging out i… More »

By: Chris DeVille / September 5, 2014 - 12:49 pm

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 was the case when he recorded a recent live session at the Haldern Pop Festival. Performing lazily luminous acoustic version of his 2005 Bright Eyes song “Lua,” Oberst recruited both… More »

By: Tom Breihan / August 27, 2014 - 5:08 pm

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 Angel Olsen and Bill Callahan alongside electronic artists like Todd Terje and Darkside alongside major headlining acts like Outkast, Robyn, and Queens Of The Stone Age. We sent photographer ClintMore »

By: 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 any situation. Case in point: Oberst was the musical guest on last night’s episode of the Late Show With David Letterman. He had a massive 10-piece backing band with him,… More »

By: 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 Eyes frontman assaulted her and took her virginity 10 years earlier, when she was 16. Oberst released a statement denying her accusation, and then he filed a federal libel lawsuit againstMore »

By: Tom Breihan / July 21, 2014 - 8:43 am

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 released a statement accepting her apology — and we can go back to discussing him for what he does best: making music. The last Upside Down Mountain video we got… More »

By: 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 issued a statement accepting Faircloth’s apology. Read the statement below. More »

By: Chris DeVille / July 16, 2014 - 12:51 pm

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 issued a statement denying the claim, filed a libel lawsuit against her, and, when she didn’t show up to a hearing, sought a $1.2 million judgment against her, filing document… More »

By: Tom Breihan / July 14, 2014 - 2:23 pm

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. More »

By: Tom Breihan / July 8, 2014 - 9:16 am
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