Entries tagged with: Conor Oberst
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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]
Conor Oberst's new album is titled Upside Down Mountain and it's out on Nonesuch on May 20. The album was produced by Jonathan Wilson and features guest vocals from First Aid Kit. The first single is "Hundreds of Ways," which will be out as a 7" on Record Store Day and you can stream it right now, below.
Around the time of the album's release Oberst will begin his summer tour which currently wraps up in NYC at Central Park Summerstage on July 29 (Rumsey Playfield).
No word on when tickets go on sale for the Summerstage show but you can keep checking Ticketmaster. Early in the tour, Oberst will be in the NY area for a show at Long Island's The Space at Westbury on May 22. No word on tickets for that show either.
UPDATE: Tickets for both NYC-area shows go on sale Friday (2/14) at noon and Dawes open both shows.
Speaking of, Jonathan Wilson is in NYC this week: Bowery Ballroom on 2/12 and Music Hall of Williamsburg on 2/14. Tickets for both are still available.
All Conor Oberst dates are listed, along with the new song stream, below...
Governors Ball and Hangout Fest lineups were just announced today (and Firefly yesterday and Coachella not long before that), and now comes the lineup announcement for another big fest, Atlanta's Shaky Knees Festival. The fest goes down from May 9-11 at Atlantic Station with The National, Modest Mouse, Spoon, Local Natives, The Gaslight Anthem, Violent Femmes, Conor Oberst, Iron and Wine, Jenny Lewis, Dawes, Foals, Deer Tick, The Hold Steady, Tokyo Police Club, Graveyard, Mutual Benefit and many more. There's also one headliner still TBA. Outkast?
Tickets go on sale Friday (1/17). Full lineup and flyer below...
photos by Dana (distortion) Yavin, Soundwave photos by Caitlyn Ridenour
Preservation Hall Jazz Band & Desaparecidos @ Voodoo Fest Day 1 - 11/1/13
"The Friday Voodoo line-ups are usually pretty slow, so I came into City Park expecting to have a lot of downtime (which ended up being a good thing because for some reason Voodoo never deems it necessary to label anything, so every stage is always unmarked).... I had some time to kill before the night truly began, so I marveled at all of the extraordinary costumes festival goers brought to the park (Walter White was an obvious favorite).Other sets on Voodoo day 1 included Anamanaguchi, Those Darlins and New Orleans's own Preservation Hall Jazz Band, all three of which also had over to our Soundwave stage hosted by the funny Dave Hill and Billy Jones (Soundwave schedule HERE).
The night began with Desaparecidos. I'm a huge fan of post-hardcore--I love Fugazi, Minor Threat, Rites of Spring, you name it, I probably at least like it. I've also been to (probably more than) my fair share of post-hardcore shows (getting stuck in an Against Me! mosh pit is arguably the punkest thing I've ever done), so when I say that Desaparecidos's Voodoo performance was the best post-hardcore show I've ever seen, it definitely means something. Conor Oberst definitely brought his best cynical self to the show, spouting political statements and really getting into the music with major head banging." [The Daily Reveille]
The day's big headliner was Pearl Jam, who recently played two big shows at Barclays Center, and whose...
headlining set [at Voodoo] started emotionally when guitarist Mike McCready introduced Steve Gleason, the Washington state native who settled in New Orleans after his days with the New Orleans Saints ended. Stricken with Lou Gehrig's disease, the wheelchair-bound Gleason rolled to declare, in his computer-generated voice, "This is my hometown; this is my hometown band." Gleason's presence lingered throughout the show as McCready wore a Team Gleason T-shirt and Eddie Vedder, a wristband. Vedder later dedicated the show and 2006's "Inside Job" to Gleason and his family, and announced that the band let Gleason write the set list -- which led to the inclusion of a quiet "Chloe Dancer" alongside a number of songs from the new Lightning Bolt. [SPIN]Pearl Jam's full setlist and pictures from the whole day, costumed attendees included, are in this post. Pictures from Day 2 are HERE. More Day 1 below....
still from 'Inside Llewyn Davis'
Inside Llewyn Davis is the new Coen Brothers film starring Oscar Isaac, Carey Mulligan, John Goodman, Garrett Hedlund and Justin Timberlake, which has been on the festival circuit this year (including this fall's New York Film Festival) and will open in December. The music in the film was executively produced by T-Bone Burnett, and mostly consists of covers of old folk songs. The soundtrack will be released on November 12 via Nonesuch.
The film's music will be celebrated and performed in NYC on September 29 at Town Hall during a big concert that features Jack White, Patti Smith, Colin Meloy (The Decemberists), Conor Oberst, Joan Baez, Marcus Mumford, Gillian Welch & David Rawlings, Punch Brothers, Avett Brothers, Milk Carton Kids, Rhiannon Giddens (Carolina Chocolate Drops), and more, in addition to some of the film's cast, including Oscar Isaac, John Goodman, Carey Mulligan, and Stark Sands.
Concert flyer and film trailer, below...
by Bill Pearis
TOY @ BV SXSW 2013 (more by Sarah Frankie Linder)
UK motorik shoegazers TOY were supposed to play NYC back in March while the band were coming over for SXSW. The Austin shows happened (like at one of our SXSW day shows) but NYC didn't -- a personal bummer to this writer, as their debut album was one of my favorites of 2012. Good news, TOY will be stopping in NYC on their way to the Corona Capital Fest in Mexico City, playing Glasslands on October 10. Tickets to that show go on sale Friday (7/26) at 10 AM.
The Corona Capital Fest happens October 12 & 13 at Mexico City's Hermanos Rodriguez Autodrome. You can check out the line-up -- which includes Phoenix, Arctic Monkeys, QOTSA, Vampire Weekend, The xx and more -- below and tickets are on sale now.
TOY video and Corona Capital Fest flyer are below.
Titus Andronicus at Maxwell's - 7/16/13 (via @suchashorttime)
Titus Andronicus played their last three Maxwell's shows ever this week (7/14-16) as part of the final run of shows at their soon to close home state venue. The shows were all pretty special for the band, reaching the three-hour mark and hitting significant amounts of all three full lengths, in addition to non-album tracks, covers, and new songs. Each night also had a different special guest opener. On the first night, it was Liquor Store (who also opened Titus' Local Business release show at Shea Stadium), on the second it was Titus' friends/past tourmates Screaming Females, and finally on the last night it was Heeney, who were joined by Titus drummer Eric Harm for their set. (Heeney also plays Shea on Friday [7/19] with Roomrunner, Greys, and Weird Womb.)
Of the covers that Titus did, one of them, which they did on night 3, was Bruce Springsteen's "Glory Days" (joined by Heeney), which has extra significance because Bruce filmed the video for that at Maxwell's. You can watch a video of Titus covering that song below. Their setlist from night 2 is below too.
Earlier this summer, The Felice Brothers also played a Maxwell's show and had surprise opener Conor Oberst (who recently had Ian Felice open for him) join them for a cover of "Glory Days" too. You can also watch that video below.
photos by Tracy Allison
After Conor Oberst brought his old band, Desaparecidos, through NYC last Tuesday (2/26) for a show at Wester Hall on their tour with Joyce Manor and Thursday/Rival Schools-related project States & Kingdoms, they stuck around to play the venue again the next night. Their setlist was the same as the previous night, including the entirety of their only album, Read Music/Speak Spanish, the band's new singles, and covers of Joyce Manor's "Constant Headache" (joined by members of the band) and The Clash's "Spanish Bombs."
More pictures of all three bands and Desaparecidos' setlist from night 2 below...
photos by Guy Eppel
Desaparecidos' Conor Oberst @ The Stone Pony, 2/15/2013
Conor Oberst pulled his old band Desaparecidos out of retirement and their first East Coast tour in 10 years kicked off at The Stone Pony in Asbury Park on Friday night (2/15). Never without a good anecdote, Oberst reflected upon the time Desaparecidos played the nearby Convention Center opening for Jimmy Eat World. "It was one of the worst fucking shows of all time. Terrible. I laid down and didn't sing the last four songs, the crowd sucked so bad...and Jimmy Eat World's pretty terrible." In addition to their own songs, the band covered The Clash's "Spanish Bombs" and there's video of that, along with more pics from the show, below.
Desaparecidos will wrap up their East Coast jaunt with two shows at Webster Hall next week (Feb. 26 + 27) both of which are with Joyce Manor . Tickets are still available.
In other news, there's a new Desaparecidos 7" out that is available exclusively through the band's website. You can stream both sides below.
Desaparecidos at FYF Fest 2012 (more by Debi Del Grande)
As mentioned, Conor Oberst's reunited punk band, Desaparecidos will be touring with Joyce Manor this February. That tour hits NYC for the previously discussed show on February 26 at Webster Hall with States & Kingdoms, which is sold out, but the band have just added another date happening a day later (2/27) at the same venue. Tickets for the newly-added show go on AmEx and Fan (password: "backsell") presale today (12/12) at noon with a general on-sale beginning Friday (12/14) at noon.
The tour also hits Asbury Park's The Stone Pony on February 15 and tickets for that show are still available.
A list of updated dates and a song stream are below...
photos by Sachyn Mital
"Conor Oberst was nothing short of spectacular tonight at Carnegie Hall" - Conor Merryman
"conor oberst at carnegie hall was an amazing evening." - Dustin Hellinger
Conor Oberst has been on a solo tour which he brought to NYC's historic Carnegie Hall on Thanksgiving Eve (11/21) for a show with Ian Felice (of The Felice Brothers). Conor played a bunch of Bright Eyes cuts like "At the Bottom of Everything," "Lua," "First Day of My Life," and others. Check out the setlist below. Plus, he played material from Conor Oberst and the Mystic Valley Band, Monsters of Folk, and a few new ones, including one called "Common Knowledge," which you can watch a video of below. Conor brought out a handful of guests on stage including Nate Wolcott, and others.
More pictures from the show, a couple videos, the setlist, and a list of all remaining tour dates, are below.
photos by Wei Shi
Conor Oberst / Jenny Lewis @ Fox Theater 10/3/2012
Last week, the prolific 32-year-old who primarily does business as Bright Eyes appeared at UCLA's Royce Hall, one of two seated, acoustic performances (the other was at Carnegie Hall) that cherry-picked his songbook and served up reworked gems occasionally abetted by friends like Jenny Lewis and the Watson Twins.Conor Oberst and Jenny Lewis & the Watson Twins played the Fox Theater in Pomona, CA on Wednesday (10/3) and there are pictures from that show in this post. Both Conor and Jenny are performing again today (10/5) at the Hardly Strictly Bluegrass Festival in San Francisco's Golden Gate Park which is happening as we speak and free and open to the public if you're out that way. Also playing the fest, on the Conor Oberst-curated stage today is Ben Kweller, with whom Conor recently played in Austin.
I heard that was riveting, and foolishly arrived without earplugs thinking the same thing (albeit with different selections) was due to happen Wednesday night at the Fox Theater, where Oberst drew a wildly devoted, near-capacity crowd. Yet this again was something different: a full-blown, full-band show, with long-haired Oberst in wide-brimmed-hat mode, folky like the new-millennium Dylan he's always been but rocking out with the feel (and sometimes the intensity) of late-'60s Neil Young. [Orange County Register]
More pics from the Fox Theatre show are below...
50 Cent wants you to stop masturbating, and he's taken to Twitter to tell you how to do it:
Step 1. To avoid the urge to masturbate stop going to porn sites.And there you have it. In related news, 50 may share the stage with his rival Fat Joe for for a Chris Lighty Tribute at the BET Hip-Hop Awards.
Step 2. Make a conscious decision not to turn your head after people walk by you.
Step 3. Do not go to strip clubs
Step 4. Do not look at lust filled magazines
Snoop Dogg on Teen Son's Pot Use: 'He's Learning From The Master'. Catch Snoop Lion at Wellmont Theater in Montclair, NJ tonight. He goes on at 10 (or when he feels like it). Tickets seem to still be available.
We premiered a new Strife song today.
More importantly, we're pretty sure your cat wants this for his or her birthday:
Conor Oberst played a 19 song solo show in Austin, with help from Daniel Johnston and Ben Kweller.
Ben and Conor will again team up at the Hardly Strictly Bluegrass Festival in Golden Gate park this October.
Obama and marriage equality supporters The National are currently in the studio (hopefully crafting the follow-up to 2010's High Violet), and have posted a six-second clip, titled "Jazz Brunch," to their new Soundcloud account. You can have yourself a "Jazz Brunch" HERE.
Steve Earle is playing an Obama fundraiser at Brooklyn Bowl.
When in doubt, do like Andre Williams says, and "Blame it on Obama."
26 years ago today, heavy metal lost one its greatest bassists and heroes to a tragic bus accident. His recordings are among some of the greatest albums ever produced in metal. Cliff Burton, you are missed.
Metallica's Kirk Hammett will be signing his new horror memorabilia book on 10/11 in New York, NY @ Barnes & Noble, 10/13 in New York, NY @ Comic Con, 10/25 in Los Angeles, CA @ Barnes & Noble, 10/26 in Burbank, CA @ Monsterpalooza, 10/27 in New York, NY @ Chiller Theater, and on 11/20 in San Francisco, CA @ Books Inc.
Speaking of the Ramones, a young Morrissey did not like them, at least the first time around.
Tumbull, CT tried to throw a Michael Bolton concert, lost lots of money in the process.
More stuff below...
DOWNLOAD: The Felice Brothers - "Lincoln Continental" (MP3)
The Felice Brothers at Culture Shock 2012 (more by Kellyann Petry)
The Felice Brothers just released a new collection of songs titled God Bless You, Amigo, which comprises 8 traditional songs and 12 originals that the band have written over the years but never released. You can purchase the album at the band's website at $5 minimum, or any amount through $100 at $5 intervals. The proceeds will go towards a new tour vehicle and studio time for the band to record their next full length album. You can download the track, "Lincoln Continental," form God Bless You, Amigo, which premiered on Rolling Stone this week, above.
The Felice Brothers have some upcoming dates including opening for Modest Mouse at their sold out Wellmont Theatre show on Friday (7/20), before both bands play Firefly Music Festival in Dover, DE. Ian Felice of The Felice Brothers will be back in NYC later this year to open for Conor Oberst at his Carnegie Hall show on November 21. Tickets for that show are still available.
A list of all dates is below...
In other news, Oberst has reformed his band Desaparecidos who only made one album -- 2002's Read Music/Speak Spanish -- and haven't toured together in ten years. Desparacidos are touring in August but no East Coast dates have been announced, at least not yet. All Oberst solo and Desaparecidos tour dates are listed below.
The Newport Festivals Foundation continues to celebrate the festival's historic past by featuring emerging young artists alongside some of folk music's most venerable names. This year's festival features: My Morning Jacket, Jackson Browne, Conor Oberst, Iron & Wine, Patty Griffin, Guthrie Family Reunion, Dawes, The Head & The Heart, Deer Tick, Punch Brothers, City & Colour, Preservation Hall Jazz Band, The Tallest Man on Earth, tUnE-yArDs, Tom Morello, Trampled by Turtles, Gary Clark, Jr., Alabama Shakes, Blind Pilot, Of Monsters and Men, original music from: Jay Farrar; Will Johnson; Anders Parker; & Yim Yames set to the lyrics of Woody Guthrie, Sharon Van Etten, First Aid Kit, Sara Watkins, Charles Bradley & His Extraordinaires, Brown Bird, Jonny Corndawg, Jonathan Wilson, Spirit Family Reunion, Deep Dark Woods, Carl Broemel, Ben Sollee, Robert Ellis, Frank Fairfield, The Apache Relay, Spider John Koerner & His Rag Tag Boys, Joel Rafael, Joe Fletcher & The Wrong Reasons, Elizabeth Mitchell, honeyhoney, Sleepy Man Banjo Boys, The Kossoy Sisters, The Berklee City Music Choir and very special guests to be announced.The 2012 Newport Folk Festival lineup has been announced.
photos by Dana (distortion) Yavin
"How the hell in the world did i end up at a dr dog/bright eyes show?" - Big Troubles
"dr. dog just slaughtered providence. bright eyes are mopping the floor trying to clean up the bloodbath that was dr. dog." - Deer Tick
"dr. dog is opening for bright eyes. oh. news to me.
what a wonderful surprise." - Josi Gula
"Bright Eyes/Williamsburg Waterfront has taken the #1 spot in my Best Concerts of 2011 list. Apologies, Ra Ra Riot/Prospect Park." - Jenny Owen Youngs
"$50 a ticket for dr. dog/bright eyes. i will never ever be a bright eyes fan now. I hate you conor oberst. hate." - Sarah M
Dr. Dog @ Williamsburg Waterfront
Bright Eyes @ Williamsburg Waterfront
Bright Eyes, Dr. Dog and Real Estate played Brooklyn's outdoor Williamsburg Waterfront on Wednesday night (8/31). A set of pictures from that show continues, along with Bright Eyes' setlist, below...