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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

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

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

30 Essential Songs From The Golden Era Of Emo

Ask anyone old enough to drink what they think emo is, and you’ll get about as many different responses as people willing to answer. They’ll just about all be right, too (if is any kind of reference, anyway). Everyone’s nebulous identification and loose understanding of the genre is both its best and worst quality… More »

By: Patric Fallon / July 22, 2014 - 10:18 am

Desaparecidos – “Te Amo Camila Vallejo” & “The Underground Man”

Desaparecidos, Conor Oberst’s politically-inclined punk band, got back together last year, and they’ve released two two-song 7″ singles since then. Today, we get to hear the third. The two new songs “Te Amo Camila Vallejo” and “The Underground Man” are righteous, fiery pieces of trad-rock that remind me, in their strained sincerity and all-out speed,… More »

By: Tom Breihan / August 2, 2013 - 3:46 pm

Desaparecidos – “Anonymous” & “The Left Is Right”

Desaparecidos, Conor Oberst’s political punk band, have only ever released one album, and that was way the hell back in 2002. But last year, Oberst got the band back together and released two new songs, “MariKKKopa” and “Backsell.” And now they’ve got another two songs loaded up and ready to go, both of them fiery,… More »

By: Tom Breihan / February 6, 2013 - 10:16 am

Report & Photos From FYF Fest 2012

Ever since I was old enough to complain, my dad took great pleasure in the act of dragging my always-resistant ass to music festivals. A summer full of glorious music for him meant a summer full of unstifled groans from me. His taste in music back then — folk, folk, and nothing but folk –… More »

By: Aaron Lariviere / September 4, 2012 - 4:52 pm

Desaparecidos, Big Harp @ Troubadour, West Hollywood 8/31/12

Prior to their highly anticipated slot at the FYF festival, the recently reunited Desaparecidos easily sold out the Troubadour and ripped through a fourteen song set that included new songs “MariKKKopa” and “Backsell.” Lots of moshing occurred along with a stage dive by Conor Oberst into the crowd. One of the other many highlights wa… More »

By: Andrew Youssef / September 4, 2012 - 2:05 pm

Watch Desaparecidos Reunite In Minneapolis

Last Thursday, the reunited Desaparecidos played their first gig together at Minneapolis’s 400 Bar, and over the weekend some footage from that show surfaced. Oberst sounds more alive than he has in some time, I must say. You want proof? Watch some clips of the band playing “Hole In One” and “Spanish Bombs” below. More »

By: Corban Goble / August 13, 2012 - 9:51 am

Desaparecidos – “MariKKKopa” & “Backsell”

A while ago, we brought you tidings that Conor Oberst planned to reunite Desaparecidos, and today he makes good on his word with two new songs. “MariKKKopa” is a seething political number targeting Maricopa County, AZ sheriff Joe Arpaio, and the other, “Backsell,” is a similarly hard-charging, stormy track. Hear both below.. More »

By: Corban Goble / August 1, 2012 - 10:24 am

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

ATTN Omaha: Conor Oberst To Reunite Desaparecidos, Open Bar

Conor Oberst and Omaha music buddy Phil Schaffart will open a bar in their hometown, reports The Omaha World-Herald. It’s going to be called Pageturner’s Lounge, an homage to the used bookstore Pageturners which used to occupy that particular location (make with that what you will). In other news, Oberst will re-reunite his old band… More »

By: Corban Goble / April 23, 2012 - 3:28 pm

Desaparecidos Reunite, Perform New Bright Eyes Song In Omaha

Over the weekend, Desaparecidos reunited to perform at Concert For Equality, an event meant to raise awareness/ire about Arizona’s SB1070 immigration law and Fremont, Nebraska’s equally creepy/recently passed/ACLU-baiting city ordinance that prohibits businesses/landlords from renting/hiring illegal immigrants. Other old-timey Saddle-Creek band Lullaby For The Working Class also performed (as did Cursive, Gillian Welch and David… More »

By: brandon / August 2, 2010 - 3:47 pm

Desaparecidos Reunite For Equality

In his open letter to an Arizona promoter about SB1070 and the state boycott, Conor Oberst mentioned a similar law passing in Fremont, Nebraska. Writes Oberst:
Our situation requires immediate legal action and a campaign for public awareness (there has been very little press on this). Charlie, I promise you, if this Fremont law… More »

By: jessica / July 7, 2010 - 9:46 am