Entries tagged with: Conor Oberst
photos by Amanda Hatfield, words by Andrew Sacher
The last time I saw Conor Oberst in a live setting was at Radio City in 2011. Conor and his band (Bright Eyes) were in semi-formal attire, and the lavish venue was decked out with huge, elegant stage props. Fast forward to last night (6/25), and he's thrashing around Bushwick DIY venue Shea Stadium's tiny stage in a t-shirt, jeans and a baseball cap. It was the first of two NYC release shows for his punk band Desaparecidos' great new album, Payola, their first since their 2002 debut and Conor's best work in at least a decade.
It's almost hard to imagine this is a guy who just last year released an album on Nonesuch with pedal steels and clarinets, considering how natural he looked rocking the fuck out last night. I'm only guessing here, but seeing the passion Conor had playing those songs, it seemed like revisiting his punk past is something he's been dying to do. And I mean, of all the "nostalgia tours" Conor could do, it's not even possible that this could be a cash grab or anything. If he wanted to do that, he'd play I'm Wide Awake, It's Morning in full or something. He wouldn't make a new Desaparecidos album. This is Conor making some of the most energized music of his career, and having a blast playing it.
It was a blast to watch too. The whole album had only been on the internet for ten days (though seven of the songs were around much longer), but this crowd came ready to yell along to every song. We got most, if not all, of the new record, and they sprinkled in a few off the debut too. There wasn't a dull moment.
Opening were Brooklyn staples and Conor's new friends, The So So Glos, who also appear on the new Desaparecidos album. Conor thanked them multiple times during his set, and also came out to sing on a song during theirs. I hadn't seen those guys in a while, but they're still killing it. Don't miss them when they open for Desaparecidos again on their tour which includes the larger NYC venue Webster Hall on August 6 (tickets).
Desaparecidos do it again tonight (6/26) at another intimate Brooklyn venue, Rough Trade. It's with The Bandroidz, who are also on that Webster bill. Sold out.
More pictures from Shea Stadium below...
Desaparecidos just put out their great new album, Payola, this week, and they're currently in NYC supporting it. Last night, Conor Oberst and co. played "City on the Hill" from the new album on Late Night with Seth Meyers. Watch a video of their performance below.
Their tour includes intimate sold-out shows here tonight (6/25) at Shea Stadium with The So So Glos and Friday (6/26) at Rough Trade with Bandroidz. Then they come back for a larger show on August 6 at Webster Hall with support from both of those bands. Tickets for that one are still available.
by Andrew Sacher
Conor Oberst's punk band Desaparecidos are finally just one week away from releasing Payola, the followup to their 2002 debut, and they're now streaming the entire thing. If you've been following the band's reunion, you may know that six of these songs were previously released as singles, and they fit perfectly in the context of the album with the remaining eight new ones. Joining previously-released politically-charged anthems like the hacktivism ode "Anonymous" and racism critique "MariKKKopa" are new ones like the So So Glos-assisted attack on slacktivism, "Slacktivist" ("just 'like' this and the problem is solved"), and the commentary on racial profiling during stops and searches, "Search the Searches" ("turns out my friend's brown, they had to pat him down"). It's the most passionate Conor has sounded on a record in years, and just a truly excellent album. Listen below, and pre-order it from Epitaph if you like what you hear.
Desaparecidos also have tour dates coming up, including three in NYC: June 25 at Shea Stadium with The So So Glos (sold out), June 26 at Rough Trade NYC with Bandroidz (sold out), and Webster Hall on August 6 with both of those bands (tickets). They also play The Fest, Fun Fun Fun Fest, Riot Fest (Chicago and Denver), and other festivals.
All dates are listed, with the album stream, below...
Ryan Adams / SBTRKT / Future Islands / Little Dragon @ GovBall 6/6/2015
Surrounded by everything from peppy indie pop to trippy electronica, singer-songwriters can often get the short end of the stick at festivals. Decked out in all black and standing before a marquee that consisted solely of her name in giant Helvetica letters, Sharon van Etten wasn't trying to convert any Governors Ball attendees to her dark brand of folk-rock. No matter: Her gorgeous voice and highly capable backing band caught people's attention as she barreled through gems like "Tarifa" and "Taking Chances." Despite the brooding tone of her material, van Etten kept things light and talked about a personal milestone achieved that day for one of her guitarists [Doug Keith]. "His baby started walking today!" the singer-songwriter shouted, fists raised. "And my parents are at a festival! They're rock and roll!" [EW]She also said sorry to her mom before singing the line, "then I shit in your bathroom", and it's true Sharon's set was great!
Day 2 of Governors Ball was almost perfect. Rain clouds Saturday morning gave way to the most beautiful weather with just a bit of mud to deal with when walking from stage to stage, or looking for something to eat at one of the many food vendors.
The lineup also featured some of the most anticipated sets of the festival, including Ryan Adams, Bjork (pics and review at the link), SBTRKT (whose set featured guest appearances from Ezra Koenig, Caroline Polachek and Sampha, but not Yukimi), Little Dragon, Future Islands, Conor Oberst, Sharon Van Etten, Atmosphere, Deadmau5 (who debuted a new light dome thing but was also plagued by technical difficulties at the start of his very popular set), White Lung, Kiesza (who I had to miss to see all of Sharon's set) and more. Folks who showed up early hopefully caught Kate Tempest's typically fiery, moving performance.
Ezra Koenig's performance of 'New Dorp New York' with SBTRKT was definitely a highlight of SBTRKT's set, and it was the 2nd artist in two days that Ezra performed with.
Pictures from day 2/Saturday (6/6) are in this post.
More from day two below...
photo: Desaparecidos at Coachella 2015 (more by Samantha Saturday)
Conor Oberst's band Desaparecidos recently announced two small NYC release shows for their upcoming album Payola. Those shows (Shea and Rough Trade) sold out instantly, but the band have now added more dates including a larger NYC show.
They'll return to play Webster Hall on August 6. That show (and others on the tour) is with Payola collaborators The So So Glos, as well as Bandroidz. Bandroidz are on the Rough Trade show too, but still no other bands announced for Shea. Tickets for Webster go on sale Friday (5/15) at noon. All dates are listed below.
Payola comes out June 23 via Epitaph, and it's their first album since 2002 debut Read Music/Speak Spanish on Saddle Creek. They just put out the album version of "Backsell" which appeared on a single with "MariKKKopa" in 2012 (that one's on the album too). Listen, with the video for "City on the Hill" (ft. Cursive's Tim Kasher), and Desaparecidos' list of dates, below...
by Andrew Sacher
photo: Desaparecidos at Coachella 2015 (more by Samanatha Saturday)
Conor Oberst's band Desaparecidos have dates coming up, including Osheaga, Wrecking Ball, The Fest, and other festivals, as well as support slots for The Gaslight Anthem in Pittsburgh (also with Murder By Death) and Brand New in Michigan (also with Basement).
In the midst of all that, they'll play two album release week shows in NYC. First they'll hit Bushwick DIY spot Shea Stadium on June 25 (!) and then they play Rough Trade NYC on June 26. Tickets for Shea and Rough Trade go on sale Friday (5/8) at noon. All dates are listed below.
The new album, Payola, comes out three days before that show (6/23) on Epitaph. It's their first since 2002's Read Music/Speak Spanish (on Saddle Creek) and features Tim Kasher, Laura Jane Grace and The So So Glos. Watch the video for killer single "City on the Hill" below.
Updated list of Desaparecidos dates and that video, below...
photos by Samantha Saturday
Desaparecidos at Coachella 2015 Weekend 1
Conor Oberst's punk band Desaparecidos premiered the video for the rocking
"City On The Hill" (which features Tim Kasher) today. The song is from their upcoming album, Payola, due June 23 via Epitaph, which is their first since their 2002 debut on Saddle Creek. Watch the video below.
Desaparecidos are over the West Coast, having just played Coachella weekend 1, and are gearing up to play weekend 2. Pictures from their weekend 1 set are in this post. Before they play the fest again this weekend, they have two sideshows, one with Brand New and Built to Spill, and one with Joyce Manor and Touche Amore. All of their dates, including a few other festivals, are listed below.
Conor Oberst is also playing a solo show in NYC: one of the just-announced Governors Ball aftershows. That happens June 6 at Music Hall of Williamsburg. Tickets for that show go on sale Friday (4/17) at noon with a Citi Cardmember presale starting Wednesday (4/15) at noon.
All of Conor's solo dates, the Desaparecidos dates, the Desaparecidos video, and more Desaparecidos Coachella pics, below...
Governors Ball is approaching, and now the aftershows happening at various NYC venues have been announced. Tickets for all aftershows go on Citibank presale starting Wednesday (4/15) at noon, and tickets go on sale to the general public on Friday (4/17). You can also enter to win tickets at doNYC.
This year's schedule includes shows from Little Dragon, Atmosphere, White Lung, Conor Oberst, Hot Chip (DJ), Flying Lotus (DJ), SBTRKT (DJ), and more. Full schedule below...
Conor Oberst's reformed punk band Desaparecidos recently signed to Epitaph to release the followup to their 2002 debut, Read Music/Speak Spanish (on Saddle Creek), and details on that album are now announced. The record's called Payola, and will be released on June 23. That's the artwork above. The album's first single, "City On The Hill" is out now and features Conor's old pal Tim Kasher (whose band Cursive recently toured through NYC). Stream the new track below.
Other guests on the album include Against Me!'s Laura Jane Grace (who has dates of her own coming up as well) and The So So Glos. The tracklist features a number of the singles the band's been dropping since their reunion, and you can check out that in full below.
The band are also playing a few festivals and have dates with Brand New, Built to Spill, Joyce Manor and Touche Amore. Full tour schedule also below.
photo: Spirit Family Reunion at Central Park in 2014 (more by Chris La Putt)
NYC locals Spirit Family Reunion recently announced a handful of upcoming dates around the state. In February the folk group will be milling around upstate with The Felice Brothers, playing Rochester, Ithaca and Kingston. The band play their hometown later this spring at Music Hall of Williamsburg on April 17. Tickets for the MHOW show are on AmEx presale now, with a general on-sale at noon on Friday (1/30).
Those are three of four NY shows The Felice Brothers are playing, the other being this year's annual "Shine A Light" benefit show at Long Island's Cannon's Blackthorn on February 7 with Strand of Oaks. Tickets for that show are still available.
From there The Felice Brothers are heading to Australia and New Zealand with Conor Oberst on his tour there. Conor also plays NYC at Governor's Ball, and his punk band Desaparecidos recently signed with Epitaph for a new album and have dates coming up.
All dates for Spirit Family Reunion and Felice Bros, with videos from each, below...
photo: Desaparecidos at Webster Hall in 2013 (more by Tracy Allison)
Conor Oberst reformed his punk band Desaparecidos back in 2012, and two new 7"s came not long after. Now they've announced that they'll release a new full length, the followup to their sole album -- 2002's Read Music/Speak Spanish on Saddle Creek -- and to release it they've signed to Epitaph, currently making them labelmates with Converge, Rancid, Joyce Manor, Pianos Become the Teeth and more. Stay tuned for more info on that.
Desaparecidos recently announced dates surrounding their Coachella performances, which include shows with Built to Spill, Brand New, Joyce Manor and Touche Amore. Since then, they were also announced for Forecastle Festival.
photo: Desaparecidos at Voodoo Fest 2013 (more by Dana (distortion) Yavin)
Brand New and Conor Oberst's punk band Desparecidos were both already announced for the Sundays of Coachella, and now the two bands have added two club shows together happening not long before the fest (unfortunately nowhere near NYC). Also on the Sundays of Coachella is Joyce Manor, who we just caught in NYC, and who toured with Brand New but didn't meet them, and were covered by Desaparecidos while touring with them. All BN dates (including Shaky Knees Fest) are listed below.
UPDATE: Desaparecidos also play a San Francisco show in between their Coachella performances with Joyce Manor and Touche Amore (who are also on the Sundays of Coachella).
In related news, Crime In Stereo were added as openers to three of The Movielife's reunion shows, including both sold-out NYC shows at Irving Plaza and their not-sold-out Philly show on 3/6 at TLA. Night 1 of Irving also has Pass Away (Mikey & Kellen formerly of I Am the Avalanche + Eric of Crime In Stereo), and Zumo Kollie will open Irving night 2 and Philly.
Updated Movielife dates and the list of Brand New dates, below...
Yesterday was Coachella, and today another spring 2015 festival lineup is announced: Governors Ball. The fest takes place on NYC's Randall's Island from June 5-7 and includes Drake, Bjork, The Black Keys, Lana Del Rey, My Morning Jacket, Ratatat, The Decemberists, St. Vincent, Weird Al Yankovic, The War on Drugs, Hot Chip, Death From Above 1979, SBTRKT, Conor Oberst, Flying Lotus, Tame Impala, Future Islands, Sharon Van Etten, DIIV, Rustie, White Lung, Ryan Adams, Florence + the Machine, Noel Gallagher's High Flying Birds, Chromeo, Flume, Sturgill Simpson, Kiesza, Strand of Oaks, Bishop Nehru, Kate Tempest and more. Tickets are on sale now.
Full lineup below...
Laura Marling at Roulette in 2013 (more by PSquared)
As discussed, Conor Oberst & friends are playing this year's WFUV Holiday Cheer Benefit at NYC's Beacon Theatre on December 8. When we last spoke, the rest of the lineup was still TBA, but it's since been announced and it's pretty huge. Joining the Bright Eyes frontman will be former 10,000 Maniacs singer Natalie Merchant, The Felice Brothers, Laura Marling, The Lone Bellow and Jonathan Wilson. Tickets for this amazing night of folk are still available.
After that, Conor and The Felice Brothers will team up again for an Australian tour. All of those dates are listed, with some videos, below...
As you may know, in addition to the April Record Store Day, there's a RSD Black Friday (November 28) too, with its own exclusive releases. The list for this year's is out now and features releases from The Afghan Whigs, Against Me!, The Beatles, David Bowie, The Decemberists, The Flaming Lips, The Grateful Dead, Green Day, Husker Du, Iron Butterfly, J Mascis, Judas Priest, Jenny Lewis, Mastodon, Metallica, New Order, Conor Oberst, Outkast, Phil Spector, St Vincent, The Doors, Ramones, They Might Be Giants, Johnny Thunders, Wu-Tang Clan, Neil Young and more. Check out the full list here.
Conor Oberst in Central Park in July (more by Mimi Hong)
The WFUV Holiday Cheer benefit is returning to Beacon Theatre on December 8 this year, and once again it's looking like it's gonna be a good one. Conor Oberst & friends are playing, though which friends exactly and any openers are still TBA. Tickets for that show go on sale Friday (10/17) at noon.
Conor's also got a California show around then and a Mexican festival in January. All of hits dates are listed, with a video from his 2014 album Upside Down Mountain, below...
photos by Mimi Hong
Conor Oberst, Dawes & Larkin Poe @ Summerstage -- 7/29/14
"Each stage of Oberst's career is intentionally different than previous iterations (we are talking about the guy that released an electronic and acoustic album on the same day), but Dawes and the others had no problems keeping true to their spirit. The organ from "If The Brakeman Turns My Way" was spot on, and the strings and brass nicely accompanied their respective songs. Once again, Goldsmith deserves a special mention for his guitar playing that at times was reminiscent of Mark Knopfler's during the 80s.Conor Oberst (now past fake rape accusations) and Dawes are no strangers to supergroups and collaborations. In addition to Bright Eyes and the Mystic Valley Band, Oberst has been known to team up with M. Ward, Mike Mogis and My Morning Jacket's Jim James as Monsters of Folk. John McCauley of Deer Tick and Matthew Vasquez of Delta Spirit joined Taylor and Griffin Goldsmith of Dawes to play as Middle Brother. Pretty cool to now see another variation of all this folk and country tinged rock n' roll with the joining of Conor and Dawes on this current tour, where Dawes is both opening and backing Conor.
The encore consisted of two of the five tracks from I'm Wide Awake played that night, and both were smart choices. First was "Lua", played with minimal backing and ended with another trumpet on solo by Walcott, a performance that I will certainly not forget, it was moving and sweet; a beautiful coda on an already beautiful song. And lastly there was "Another Travelin' Song," a song that speaks for itself."
[Pancakes and Whiskey]
Last week that tour hit Central Park Summerstage (a venue that Dawes have also headlined) for a big NYC show one day after the boys (and sister duo Larkin Poe who were are also in Conor's band) hit Letterman to perform "Hundreds of Ways" off Conor's new album Upside Down Mountain (out now via Nonesuch). A day before that they were all at Newport Folk Fest for a 12 song set that you can listen to at NPR.
Letterman video and more pictures from Central Park, along with setlists, are below...
You may have heard that in 2013 Conor Oberst was accused of rape by a fan, Joan Elizabeth Harris, but has now apologized, saying her accusations were 100% false. In a new public statement, Conor has accepted her apology, saying:
I have accepted Joanie Faircloth's apology and retraction to clear my name. This has been extremely difficult and stressful for me personally and for those I love. I'm appreciative of the family, friends, fans, and business partners who supported me throughout this and look forward to happier times as we all move forward with our lives.Conor's tour with Dawes hits Central Park Summerstage later this month.
In 2013, Conor Oberst was accused by Joanie Faircloth (real name Joan Elizabeth Harris) of raping her in 2003. He since sued her for libel and Joan has now issued a public apology stating that her accusations were 100% false:
The statements I made and repeated online and elsewhere over the past six months accusing Conor Oberst of raping me are 100% false. I made up those lies about him to get attention while I was going through a difficult period in my life and trying to cope with my son's illness. I publicly retract my statements about Conor Oberst, and sincerely apologize to him, his family, and his fans for writing such awful things about him. I realize that my actions were wrong and could undermine the claims of actual sexual assault victims and for that I also apologize. I'm truly sorry for all the pain that I caused.It had also been reported recently that Nonesuch (who put out Conor's new LP) had dropped him from their label after the allegations, but that was proven untrue.
Conor w/ Desaparecidos at Voodoo Fest 2013 (more by Dana (distortion) Yavin)
Conor Oberst, the brains behind Bright Eyes who also lends his talents to Desaparecidos, Monsters of Folk and others, is back in solo mode this year for his new album, Upside Down Mountain, which comes out next week (5/20) via Nonesuch. Check it out before the official release date by streaming the album in full over at NPR.
We already knew Conor's tour with Dawes hits the NYC-area on May 22 at The Space at Westbury and July 29 at Central Park Summerstage (not to mention a Cooperstown show with The Baseball Project), and since then Conor added an intimate release show for Upside Down Mountain happening at Rough Trade NYC (5/20) the day of the album's release. Tickets for that show are $20 at the door. You can still get advance tickets for their other NYC-area shows.
Conor will also be in NYC to perform on The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon on May 19.
Updated dates are listed, with a couple streams from the album, below...
The Baseball Project -- the high-concept rock band formed by Scott McCaughey (Young Fresh Fellows) and Steve Wynn (Dream Syndicate) -- released their third album, titled 3rd, back in March. The record, which also features R.E.M.'s Peter Buck and Mike Mills plus drummer Linda Pitmon, hits on more stories from America's Pastime, including songs about Babe Ruth, Hank Aaron,Lenny Dykstra, and acid-tripping pitcher Dock Ellis. You can stream it at Rdio.
There hasn't been a full tour planned, but The Baseball Project do have some upcoming gigs in New York, including one at NYC's Rough Trade on August 2. Tickets for the Rough Trade show go on sale Friday (5/9) at noon.
That show is one day after playing the Baseball Hall of Fame's 75th Anniversary Weekend in Cooperstown, NY (8/1) with Conor Oberst and his tourmates Dawes on deck as well. Tickets for the Cooperstown show are on sale now. The band also play the Storm King Art Center in New Windsor, NY on July 20.
UPDATE: It's more of an actual tour, it turns out, with a couple week's worth of shows. All dates are listed, along with 3rd artwork and tracklist, below...
Since we last posted the lineup, The Shaky Knees fest in Atlanta has grown to add The Replacements and more. Tickets also went on sale and are still available. Check out the lineup, headlined by The National, Modest Mouse and Alabama Shakes, in the poster above and the full schedule at the fest's site.
Shaky Knees Music Festival takes place in Atlanta's Atlantic Station, May 9-11, 2014.
Deer Tick and The Hold Steady are both also on the lineup and out on tour together now.
Conor Oberst w/ Desaparecidos at Voodoo 2013 (more by Dana (distortion) Yavin)
Bright Eyes frontman Conor Oberst recently announced that his new solo album, Upside Down Mountain, will be out on May 20 via Nonesuch, and he's just released a new single from it, titled "Governor's Ball." Hear Nebraska points out that it's a song about a kid getting lost at a music festival," but if he's talking about NYC festival Governors Ball, he should take out that apostrophe! Though, he wouldn't be the only one who added it. It's a very common misspelling of the Randall's Island festival named after its original location "Governors Island" (governor plural). Listen to the new song below.
Conor's tour with Dawes brings him to the NYC-area for shows on May 22 at The Space at Westbury and July 29 at Central Park Summerstage (tickets), and he also plays Ggistock at NYC's Greene Space on April 10 (sold out).
Stream "Governor's Ball" below...
Conor Oberst w/ Desaparecidos at Voodoo 2013 (more by Dana (distortion) Yavin)
Gigstock is a 2-day mini-festival which "[mixes] showcase-length sets with conversation" going down at NYC's Greene Space on April 9 and 10 (located at 44 Charlton St). The festival, co-presented by WNYC Soundcheck and OhMyRockness, has a pretty great lineup, with local indie rockers The Pains of Being Pure at Heart and Parquet Courts on day 1, and Bright Eyes frontman Conor Oberst with Dublin singer/songwriter James Vincent McMorrow on day 2. You can get tickets for day 1, day 2, or pick up a 2-day pass now.
Meanwhile, you can also catch The Pains of Being Pure at Heart at Rough Trade NYC on Friday (3/28), which is sold out but we're giving away tickets to. And catch them again when their tour with Fear of Men hits Bowery Ballroom on May 22 (tickets).
Conor Oberst also has a tour with Dawes that hits The Space at Westbury on 5/22 and Central Park Summerstage on 7/27 (tickets), and James Vincent McMorrow brings his tour to NYC for sold out shows on 4/9 at Bowery Ballroom and 4/11 at MHOW.
"Conor claims Joanie's just an embittered superfan, who gushed about him and Bright Eyes as recently as January 2013 -- writing about how the last time she saw Conor in concert is her best memory ever. She even listed "Bright Eyes" as her favorite band on Facebook." [TMZ]