Better Oblivion Community Center is the name of Phoebe Bridgers and Conor Oberst’s surprise collaboration, who released their debut album back in January after a performance on The Late Show with Stephen Colbert. Since then, they’ve begun a tour across North America, branding the project with semi-cultish merch and a creepy answering machine message.
On their stop in Philadelphia at Union Transfer, they performed songs from their self-titled album, as well as selections from Bridgers’ solo work and Oberst’s time with Bright Eyes. Their energy was vibrant the entire night, with a clear artistic chemistry between Oberst and Bridgers that demonstrates the obvious impetus behind the project. But it felt like that original spark was the only thing driving this machine forward. Many of their performances felt lackluster and half-hearted, others more self-satisfying, with a few gems hidden within the largely tiring night. Continue reading →