Conor Oberst
American musician
Conor Oberst
Conor Mullen Oberst is an American singer-songwriter best known for his work in Bright Eyes. He has also played in several other bands, including Desaparecidos, Norman Bailer, Commander Venus, Park Ave. , Conor Oberst and the Mystic Valley Band, and Monsters of Folk.
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The All Songs Considered Holiday Extravaganza 2016
NPR - 2 months
Kacey Musgraves, Conor Oberst and more special guests join All Songs hosts Bob Boilen and Robin Hilton on a steam engine to the north pole. (Image credit: Hendrik Schmidt/AFP/Getty Images)
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Watch Conor Oberst Play His New Record Live In New York City
NPR - 4 months
At Housing Works Bookstore Cafe, Conor Oberst delivered a powerfully spare set of new songs from his new album, Ruminations.
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Watch Conor Oberst Play His New Record Live In New York City
NPR - 4 months
At Housing Works Bookstore Cafe, Conor Oberst delivered a powerfully spare set of new songs from his new album, Ruminations.
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Watch Conor Oberst Play New Songs For The First Time Live
NPR - 4 months
With just piano, acoustic guitar and harmonica, Oberst's new songs are stark ruminations from a time when his life got a little scary.
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EL VY's Song Against Trump, New Conor Oberst, Kristin Hersh, More
NPR - 4 months
This week's show features an anti-Trump song from El Vy, new music from Conor Oberst, Kristin Hersh, and many more.
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Music Monday (10/3): This Week's New Albums + Videos
Yahoo News - 5 months
Our guide to this week's (and last week's) album releases also features the week's top new music videos from artists like Solange, The Weeknd, and Faith No More, plus brand new streaming music from NOFX, Conor Oberst, Phantogram, Ab-Soul, and more. Read and Post Comments | Get the full article at Metacritic
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First Listen: Conor Oberst, 'Ruminations'
NPR - 5 months
Oberst's distinctive warble is set against a spare patchwork of acoustic guitar, piano and the occasional harmonica, drawing most of the attention to his dark, personal words.
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First Listen Live: Come See Conor Oberst Premiere 'Ruminations'
NPR - 5 months
Conor Oberst, the lead singer of Bright Eyes, will premiere his new solo album, Ruminations, live in New York. You can join us for the show — in person or online — Oct. 14.
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Timeline
Learn about memorable moments in the evolution of Conor Oberst
    THIRTIES
  • 2016
    Age 36
    On October 14, 2016, Oberst will release his seventh studio solo record, titled Ruminations, on Nonesuch Records.
    More Details Hide Details Oberst is one of the founding members of the independent record label Saddle Creek Records, an integral part of Omaha's indie rock scene, which hosts bands such as Cursive, Desaparecidos, The Faint (who left to start their own label Blank.wav), Rilo Kiley (who left to start their own label Brute/Beaute Records), Bright Eyes, Two Gallants, Son, Ambulance, Azure Ray, The Good Life, and Sorry About Dresden, among others. Oberst co-founded the Team Love record label (along with Nate Krenkel longtime manager of Bright Eyes) to "do different things, or smaller things, that we couldn't get everyone to be into at the same time" at Saddle Creek. such as Tilly and the Wall, Willy Mason, The Felice Brothers, David Dondero, Taylor Hollingsworth and Jenny Lewis' solo album with The Watson Twins. Oberst was drawn to music at a very early age, due in part to his brother Matt's penchant for bands like The Smiths, R.E.M., Fugazi, and The Cure. He has cited The Cure's first singles collection, Staring at the Sea, as the first record he ever bought, as well as being one of his favorites. "It must have been third grade I bought the cassette at a local record store chain called Homer's in Omaha. I just loved the sound of Robert Smith's voice. It just sounded good."
  • 2014
    Age 34
    Oberst released a new solo record, titled Upside Down Mountain, on May 19, 2014.
    More Details Hide Details He has been working with producer Jonathan Wilson (Dawes, Father John Misty) and Swedish duo First Aid Kit.
  • 2012
    Age 32
    Throughout the end of 2012 and the beginning of 2013, Oberst embarked on a solo tour of North America and Europe performing with Ben Brodin on guitar and vibraphone.
    More Details Hide Details On the tour, he played songs from Bright Eyes, Mystic Valley Band, and Monsters of Folk as well as playing new songs.
  • 2011
    Age 31
    The band subsequently released The People's Key on Conor's 31st birthday, February 15, 2011.
    More Details Hide Details Oberst is a guitarist and singer for Desaparecidos. The music and lyrics of Desaparecidos differ greatly from Bright Eyes, having more in common with punk rock than Oberst's usual folk rock. The lyrics are generally social commentary on the state of affairs in America and the pitfalls of the suburban lifestyle, as opposed to the more introspective lyrics of Bright Eyes. Desaparecidos was active as a band between 2001–2002 but have regrouped to play shows in the Omaha area. They had two releases in 2002: a single for "The Happiest Place on Earth" and the full-length Read Music / Speak Spanish, on Saddle Creek Records. In 2012, the band regrouped and self-released the 7" single "MariKKKopa/Backsell", as well as continuing to tour. In 2013, they released two more 7"s independently, "Anonymous / The Left is Right" and "Te Amo Camila Vallejo / The Underground Man", and complimented these releases with yet another tour. In 2015, the band announced the release of a new studio album, Payola, on June 23 on Epitaph Records.
  • TWENTIES
  • 2010
    Age 30
    Oberst married Corina Figueroa Escamilla, whom he met while recording in Mexico, in 2010.
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  • 2009
    Age 29
    The quartet released their self-titled debut album on September 22, 2009.
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  • 2008
    Age 28
    Conor Oberst released the self-titled album Conor Oberst, which was recorded in Tepoztlán, Morelos, Mexico with Taylor Hollingsworth on guitar and Macey Taylor on bass, on August 5, 2008 on Merge Records.
    More Details Hide Details In about mid-October, the band sold a new EP, Gentleman's Pact. It was limited to 1000 copies and was only available on tour. The band placed limitations on how many were sold at shows. It has four unreleased tracks. Three of them are pre-album songs while "Corina, Corina" is a cover of a traditional folk song. Conor and the band released their second album, Outer South, on May 5, 2009 on Merge Records. They have also released a documentary, One of My Kind, following the band from Conor's solo album to their most recent album One of My Kind. Conor Oberst is one of the four members of the band Monsters of Folk. Other band members include Jim James of My Morning Jacket, M. Ward and fellow Bright Eyes member Mike Mogis. The band members swap instruments and share vocal duties.
    In addition, he also performed at the Electric Picnic, in County Laois, Ireland on August 31, 2008, the Cains Ballroom in Tulsa, Oklahoma and Austin City Limits in late September 2008, shows across Australia in early October 2008, and the Warfield Theater in San Francisco October 24.
    More Details Hide Details Conor also headlined the Friday night slot of The End of the Road Festival at the Larmer Tree Gardens in Wiltshire, held over the weekend of September 12–14, 2008.
    On March 31, 2008, it was announced that Conor Oberst would play at the 2008 Reading and Leeds Festivals.
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  • 2007
    Age 27
    In November 2007, it was reported that Oberst would work on a solo record with Jake Bellows, and that he and M.
    More Details Hide Details Ward would start a band and perform two late December shows in Minneapolis, Minnesota. Contrary to what was believed, the shows were not played with M. Ward, but rather with Nik Freitas and Jason Boesel. They also played a show in February in Mexico City, Mexico.
  • 2002
    Age 22
    With the release of 2002's Lifted or The Story Is in the Soil, Keep Your Ear to the Ground, Bright Eyes received national attention and Oberst was proclaimed a breakthrough artist by several notable magazines.
    More Details Hide Details On January 25, 2005 Bright Eyes simultaneously released two new albums: the folk I'm Wide Awake, It's Morning and more electronic-pop Digital Ash in a Digital Urn. Time listed I'm Wide Awake, It's Morning as one of the top ten albums of 2005. The Four Winds EP was released in March 2007, followed by their seventh album, Cassadaga in April. The song Four Winds was named a top 100 song of 2007 by Rolling Stone. Oberst spent the next two years focusing on other music projects, and in June 2009 told Rolling Stone he wanted to make one final album with Bright Eyes before retiring the group.
  • TEENAGE
  • 1999
    Age 19
    In 1999, Urinine Records released their only album, When Jamie Went to London We Broke Up, which has also now been re-released under Team Love.
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  • 1995
    Age 15
    Oberst originally founded Bright Eyes as a solo project in 1995, and after the disbanding of Commander Venus, released A Collection of Songs Written and Recorded 1995-1997 in January 1998.
    More Details Hide Details This was followed quickly by Letting Off the Happiness, released in November of the same year. It featured members of numerous bands and was recorded in the Oberst family basement. One year later, Bright Eyes released its first EP, Every Day and Every Night. Bright Eyes' third album, Fevers and Mirrors was released in May 2000; it was ranked 170 on Pitchfork's list of the top 200 albums of the 2000s.
  • 1994
    Age 14
    Oberst formed the rock band Commander Venus in 1994 with Tim Kasher, Ben Armstrong, and Robb Nansel.
    More Details Hide Details They recorded two albums: Do You Feel at Home? (1995) and The Uneventful Vacation (1997). Kasher later went on to form Cursive and Nansel was the co-founder of Saddle Creek Records. Kasher left the group to focus on Cursive as they were about to go into the studio to record their second album, and was replaced by Todd Baechle. Commander Venus disbanded in 1998. The Magnetas were only active for a very brief period of time in 1996 in Omaha, Nebraska. Along with Oberst, band members included Todd Fink (The Faint) and Chris Hughes (Beep Beep). They recorded three songs, only one of which ("Anex Anex") was released on Ghostmeat Records' Parts compilation album. Two other confirmed recordings exist: "Clatter" and "Science Fiction in Schools." In January 1996, Oberst began playing drums in a group named Park Ave., alongside Clark Baechle, Jenn Bernard, Neely Jenkins (now in the band Tilly and the Wall), and Jamie Williams (also in Tilly and the Wall). The group only played between 10 and 15 shows and made a handful of recordings (several of them with Mike Mogis as producer). The group disbanded in 1998 when Williams, the singer and primary songwriter, moved to London, England.
    In 1994, following a Slowdown Virginia show, Oberst, along with friends Joel Petersen, Todd Fink (formerly Todd Baechle) and Clark Baechle, formed a band called Norman Bailer, later known as The Faint.
    More Details Hide Details A few days later, Oberst told the other members of the band that they had a show in two weeks at Kilgore's. Despite having never performed together, they produced nine songs to perform. An album, Sine Sierra was released on cassette only in 1995.
  • 1993
    Age 13
    In mid-1993, Oberst self-released his debut album Water on cassette tape.
    More Details Hide Details The release of the album was financed by his brother Justin on what they called Lumberjack Records, the indie label that would become Saddle Creek Records, making them founders and present day executives of the label. Shortly after his two solo recordings, Oberst began playing with four friends; they formed Commander Venus in mid-1995. Here's to Special Treatment was followed by 1996's The Soundtrack to My Movie, a cassette only released on Sing Eunuchs! Kill the Monster Before It Eats Baby, a split 7" vinyl with Bill Hoover, was also released around this time.
  • 1992
    Age 12
    One night in 1992, Ted Stevens (of Mayday and Cursive) invited Oberst onstage to play.
    More Details Hide Details Bill Hoover, who was in attendance, invited Oberst to come back to play with him a couple of weeks later. In that short amount of time, Oberst wrote enough songs to fill out the set, establishing himself as an artist. Shortly thereafter, Oberst began committing his new repertoire to tape in his parents' basement with his father's four track cassette recorder and an acoustic guitar.
  • CHILDHOOD
  • 1980
    Age 0
    Conor Mullen Oberst was born on February 15, 1980, as the youngest boy in a family of three boys, and raised in Omaha, Nebraska, to Matthew Ryan Oberst, Sr., an information manager for Mutual of Omaha, and Nancy Oberst, an elementary education director for Omaha Public Schools.
    More Details Hide Details Oberst has two elder brothers. Matthew Ryan Oberst, Jr. is a teacher and part-time musician, who helped finance one of Oberst's self-released independent albums. Matthew was also in the indie band Sorry About Dresden, which Conor played in from time to time. Justin H. Oberst is a graduate of the University of Nebraska College of Law and managing partner of a law firm. Oberst was educated at St. Pius X/St. Leo School in Omaha, Nebraska, where he was in the school choir and other musical groups, and Creighton Preparatory School, also in Omaha, Nebraska. He briefly attended college at the University of Nebraska but did not complete his course, dropping out after three semesters to tour.
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