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Conor Oberst releasing new LP & touring backed by Felice Bros, playing Prospect Park

Conor Oberst Felice Bros
Conor Oberst, The Felice Brothers, and Jim Keltner

Last year, Conor Oberst released his quietest album in years, the excellent Ruminations. Now he’s set to follow it with a companion album, Salutations, which comes out March 17 via Nonesuch. Ruminations was an album that he intended to record with a full band, but after tracking stripped-down versions of the songs on his own, he was encouraged to release the songs as is. Conor still ended up doing the full-band versions of every song on Ruminations, and those recordings — plus seven other new songs — make up Salutations. He recorded the album backed by The Felice Brothers (who have backed him live before) and drummer Jim Keltner. The record also features guest appearances from Jim James, Blake Mills, Maria Taylor, M Ward, Gillian Welch, Gus Seyffert, Pearl Charles, Nathaniel Walcott, and Jonathan Wilson.

Three songs from the album are out now. There’s a video for the just-released “A Little Uncanny,” which is a much more rollicking version of the song than the one on Ruminations, and an audio stream of the previously-unreleased “Napalm.” The full-band version of “Tachycardia” first came out as a Record Store Black Friday single, backed by a solo acoustic version of “Afterthought” (which wasn’t on Ruminations but will be on Salutations in full-band form). Check out all of that out below, along with the album artwork and tracklist, and a clip of Conor talking about the new album on SiriusXMU with host Jenny Eliscu.

Conor will also tour with The Felice Brothers as his backing band, and that includes a Celebrate Brooklyn show on July 20 at Prospect Park. That show will be opened by Hop Along (who are on Bright Eyes’ longtime label Saddle Creek), which is a great double bill. Tickets for that show go on sale Friday, January 27 at noon.

Conor also just began a European tour with Phoebe Bridgers last night (1/17). All dates are listed below.

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Salutations Tracklist:
1. Too Late To Fixate
2. Gossamer Thin
3. Overdue
4. Afterthought
5. Next Of Kin
6. Napalm
7. Mamah Borthwick
8. Till Saint Dymphna’s Kicks Us Out
9. Barbary Coast
10. Tachycardia
11. Empty Hotel By The Sea
12. Anytime Soon
13. Counting Sheep
14. Rain Follows The Plow
15. You All Loved Him Once
16. A Little Uncanny
17. Salutations

Conor Oberst Salutations

Conor Oberst — 2017 European Tour Dates
01/18 Stuttgart, DE @ Theaterhaus
01/19 Vienna, AU @ Museumquarter
01/20 Zurich, CH @ Kaufleuten
01/21 Cologne, DE @ Gloria
01/23 Oslo, NO @ Rockefeller
01/24 Stockholm, SE @ Gota Lejon
01/25 Copenhagen, DK @ Bremen
01/26 Berlin, DE @ Apostel Paulus Kirch
01/28 Paris, FR @ La Maroquinerie
01/29 Utrecht, NL @ Hertz
01/30 Brussels, BE @ Ancienne Begique
02/01 London, UK @ Palladium
02/02 Manchester, UK @ Albert Hall
02/03 Edinburgh, UK @ Queens Hall
02/05 Dublin, IE @ Grand Canal Theatre

all dates with Phoebe Bridgers

Conor Oberst — 2017 US Tour Dates
March
9 Omaha, NE @ The Waiting Room Lounge
10 Kansas City, MO @ Madrid Theater
11 Memphis, TN @ Minglewood Hall
12 Tulsa, OK @ Cain’s Ballroom
14 San Antonio, TX @ Paper Tiger
16 Spicewood, TX @ Luck Reunion
17 Houston, TX @ Warehouse Live
18 New Orleans, LA @ The Civic Theatre
19 Macon, GA @ Cox Capitol Theatre
21 Asheville, NC @ The Orange Peel
22 Chattanooga, TN @ Track 29
23 Atlanta, GA @ Variety Playhouse
24 McMinnville, TN @ Bluegrass Underground
25 St Louis, MO @ The Pageant
26 Iowa City, IA @ The Englert Theater

May
12 Oakland, CA @ The Fox
13 Los Angeles, CA @ The Greek Theater
19 Austin, TX @ ACL Live at The Moody Theater

July
14-16 Louisville, KY @ Forecastle Festival
20 Brooklyn, NY @ Celebrate Brooklyn
21 Boston, MA @ The House of Blues

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