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Conor Oberst has always kept himself plenty busy, but with the release of both Ruminations last October and Salutations this March (both via Nonesuch Records), the prolific songwriter has outdone himself even by his standards.

He brought his tour to Brooklyn on July 20 for a performance at Prospect Park for the BRIC Celebrate Brooklyn! Festival. The performance once again saw him backed up by The Felice Brothers as his live band just as they did last year during Northside Festival.

As if that wasn’t good enough, the show featured an outstanding triple threat lineup that included opening sets from both Hop Along and Big Thief.
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Conor Oberst at Housing Works (October 14, 2016)

By Will Oliver, December 22nd 2016

All photos by Rachel Barrish

On October 14 Conor Oberst debuted his new album Ruminations (released via Nonesuch Records) exclusively at Housing Works as a part of NPR and WFUV’s First Listen Live series. He played the full album in order, and also delivered a 2-song encore featuring “Cape Canaveral” and Bright Eyes’ “At The Bottom Of Everything.” The whole show was recorded by NPR and can be found right here.

Our photographer Rachel Barrish was on hand to capture photos of Oberst’s entire performance. Find her photos posted below, along with the setlist.
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Conor Oberst at Governors Ball 2015

By Will Oliver, August 7th 2015

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Although currently Conor Oberst is rather busy with old punk band Desaparecidos, he still found time on his schedule to stop by Governors Ball back in June. This was my first time seeing Oberst play in nearly a year, with the last show coming last July when he played with Dawes as his backing band (and openers).

The stop was a part of the tail end of his tour for Upside Down Mountain, his most recent solo offering, which Nonesuch Records released last year. Oberst started with offerings from the new record, but also dove into some Bright Eyes material, such as “Classic Cars,” “Shell Games,” and “Landlocked Blues.” If you’re a fan of Oberst’s, there was a little bit of everything for you, at least as much as you could find in a short but effective festival set.

Find some shots from his Governors Ball performance below.
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Last night Conor Oberst brought his Upside Down Mountain tour to New York City for a show at Central Park’s Summerstage. The concert featured an opening set by Dawes, who also would go on to serve as his backing band, as they have been all tour.

The first time I saw Dawes was when I accidentally caught an opening set from them at Bowery Ballroom in 2009. Back then I had no idea who the group were, but I knew that they were bound for big things after their show-stealing performance. Here they are, five years later, and for the most part they were the same band, only more experienced and polished. They’re at the point now where they can turn the microphone towards the crowd who had no trouble carrying the chorus of their anthemic hit “When My Time Comes.” The band captivated the audience, surely doing their job as the opening band.
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Conor Oberst - Zigzagging Toward The Light - Music Video

Conor Oberst has released a video for “Zigzagging Toward the Light”, which is a track off his newly released album Upside Down Mountain.

The video starts off as a short film of sorts, with Conor being interviewed by a computer in the future. We then see Conor take on the streets of NYC. It’s shot in black and white, and directed by David Altobelli.

Find it posted below.
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Photos by Dana Pacifico

Thursday night saw Conor Oberst take over Long Island venue The Space at Westbury in support of his latest album Upside Down Mountain (out now via Nonesuch Records). He was joined by Dawes who opened the show and played with Conor as his backing band.

Our photographer Dana Pacifico was there in attendance and has a tone of great photos from the evening. Find them all posted below.
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[new]: Conor Oberst – Governor’s Ball

By Will Oliver, April 2nd 2014

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Conor Oberst (Bright Eyes) will return this year with a brand new album titled Upside Down Mountain. Nonesuch Records will release it on May 20.

He previously shared with us “Hundreds Of Ways”, and he’s given us yet another early album tasting. This time with “Governor’s Ball” Conor blends elements of rock, country and jazz to create a thunderously great track with a winning groove. It’s available to stream below.
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[new]: Conor Oberst – Hundreds Of Ways

By Will Oliver, February 17th 2014 — with 1 comment

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Conor Oberst (Bright Eyes) will return this year with a brand new album titled Upside Down Mountain. Nonesuch Records will release it on May 20.

“Hundreds Of Ways” is the first track shared from the album. It’s a country-inspired track full of horns and those signature Oberst vocals/lyrics.

Stream it below.

A limited-edition 7″ single of “Hundreds Of Ways” will be released exclusively for Record Store Day on April 19. The b-side is album outtake “Fast Friends.”

Hop Along at Brooklyn Steel (May 30, 2018)

By Will Oliver, June 26th 2018

Hop Along returned this year with their great new album Bark Your Head Off, Dog, which came out via Saddle Creek on April 6. It’s a record that isn’t quite immediate as 2015’s Painted Shut, but repeated spins reveal new layers and slowly but surely it gets even better with every new spin.

We saw them last summer when they opened for Conor Oberst at BRIC Celebrate Brooklyn! at Prospect Park and gave us our first taste of these songs live. They returned back to us on May 30 for a sold out performance at Brooklyn Steel, their largest headlining show in New York City to date, much larger than their performance at Bowery Ballroom in 2015, which was the first time I caught them.

While Hop Along proved they could still stun a big audience when they opened for Dr. Dog at Terminal 5 in 2016, their performance at Brooklyn Steel was a much more patient and slowed down tempo-wise, lacking a bit of that slamming punch that they had hit us with so many times before. Don’t get me wrong, their still fantastic live performers and there was flashes of that same brilliance during songs like “The Knock” and “Tibetan Pop Stars” (note, both came during the encore) but it seems they’re still figuring out a balance to their setlists these days, which I’m sure will improve over time.

You can find a full set of photos from their Brooklyn Steel performance below, along with the setlist.
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Phoebe Bridgers and Soccer Mommy (the project of songwriter Sophie Allison), are two of the most promising young songwriters that we have at the moment. This year saw the two come together for a tour in support of Bridgers terrific 2017 debut album Stranger in the Alps (released via Dead Oceans) as well as Soccer Mommy’s debut album Clean, which was just recently released via Fat Possum.
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