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Conor Oberst records new song “LAX” with Phoebe Bridgers for Amazon Music

Conor Oberst | photo by Jeremy Zimmerman for WXPN

Here’s the good news: Musical pals Conor Oberst and Phoebe Bridgers have teamed up once again, this time to record a song for Amazon’s “Produced By” series. The less great news is that, for now, the track is exclusively available via Amazon Music; those who aren’t subscribers can hear a short preview below. The “Produced By” series pairs a leading producer with four different musicians to record an original song; Bridgers joined Oberst to sing harmonies on the former Bright Eyes frontman’s song “LAX,” which was previously released as a demo. The track was produced by Simone Felice of the Felice Brothers. Continue reading →

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XPN Fest Recap: Wilco jams, Conor Oberst rages and Hop Along smokes to wrap XPNFest day one

Wilco | photo by Jeremy Zimmerman for WXPN

There was a lot of pent-up energy in the air last night as the XPNFest crowd settled in for the headlining BB&T Pavilion show. Was it going to rain or no? Would all the shifting around of sets and times throw a wrench in the festival works? Was that ominous flock of Canada geese going to go at it with the crowd on the lawn?

The answers: no, no and no. The show was kicked off by an explosive 30 minute set from Hop Along, sauntered through a powerful mix of Bright Eyes and solo tunes from Conor Oberst and was capped by a 95-minute jammer by Wilco — shorter than their usual fare, but nevertheless satisfying. Continue reading →

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Conor Oberst, Hop Along, and Big Thief cut to the feeling at BRIC Celebrate Brooklyn

Conor Oberst performing
Conor Oberst at BRIC Celebrate Brooklyn | photo by Scott Troyan for WXPN | scotttroyan.com

Before bringing the show to XPoNential Music Fest on Friday, Conor Oberst kicked off a weeklong tour with Philly’s Hop Along last Thursday in Brooklyn,playing the BRIC Celebrate Brooklyn Festival. The outdoor show took place at the Prospect Park Bandshell on a hot July night. Continue reading →

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Watch Conor Oberst’s wistfully bittersweet video for “Barbary Coast (Later)”

Conor Oberst | photo by Tony Bonacci | courtesy of the artistConor Oberst | photo by Tony Bonacci | courtesy of the artist
Conor Oberst | photo by Tony Bonacci | courtesy of the artist

Conor Oberst‘s music is full of heartfelt, authentic emotion, so it’s no surprise that his videos follow suit. Recently releasing a touching video for his song “Barbary Coast (Later),” which is featured on his new album Salutations, the short-film style video is a perfect match for the wistful folk tune; taking viewers back to the easier, carefree time of childhood. Continue reading →

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Hear Conor Oberst flesh out Ruminations via NPR First Listen with new Salutations LP

Conor Oberst | photo by Tony Bonacci | courtesy of the artistConor Oberst | photo by Tony Bonacci | courtesy of the artist
Conor Oberst | photo by Tony Bonacci | courtesy of the artist

If you haven’t been keeping up with Conor Oberst as of late and that headline doesn’t make a whole lot of sense, let me explain. Last October, Oberst released Ruminations, a ten song set of straight-to-tape solo performances. It featured some of the sharpest tunes we’ve heard from the guy in years, and he did it with just voice and guitar or voice and piano. Now, only a few months later, he’s updated the record with Salutations, a full-band reimagining of those tracks with seven more cuts thrown in for good measure. It’s out this Friday, March 17th via Nonesuch, but you can stream it now in its entirety via NPR First Listen. Continue reading →

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Wilco, Conor Oberst and Hop Along will headline night one of XPoNential Music Festival 2017

Wilco| Photo By Noah Silvestry | silvestography.com

The 2017 edition of WXPN’s XPoNential Music Festival takes place July 28th through July 30th at Wiggins Park and BB&T Pavillion in Camden, and we are thrilled to bring you the first wave of artist announcements today.

Kicking off the weekend at BB&T on Friday, July 28th will be a set from Wilco, who previously played XPoNential in 2013 and 2012. In the time since, they’ve released two albums — 2015’s left-of-center rock set Star Wars and 2016’s contemplative collection Schmilco — and performed a dazzling set in Philly last summer.

Also headlining on Friday are Conor Oberst, the acclaimed singer-songwriter behind Bright Eyes who releases his new Salutations LP on March 17th via Nonesuch Records, and Hop Along, the killer Philadelphia rock and roll four-piece who wowed us in 2015 with Painted Shut and who we generally love around these parts. Continue reading →

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Lend us your ears, and we’ll play some New Music Tonight! Including Conor Oberst, Middle Kids and more!

 

Conor Oberst | photo by Tony Bonacci | courtesy of the artistConor Oberst | photo by Tony Bonacci | courtesy of the artist
Conor Oberst | photo by Tony Bonacci | courtesy of the artist

What should we play first?  New Spoon? Arcade Fire? Ryan Adams?  The good news is we have new music from all of those folks … and more.  Ryan unveiled yet another new song from his forthcoming Prisoner album and as you might surmise – it’s great.  Arcade Fire surprised us not only with a brand new song, but a one of a kind collaboration.  The indie-rock superstars welcome a legendary voice, Mavis Staples, to their new offering. And we’ll definitely spin “Hot Thoughts”, the undeniable new tune from Spoon.  Join us at 8pm tonight as we’ve got plenty more to fill up our two hours tonight, including … Continue reading →

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Conor Oberst teams up with The Felice Brothers, Jim James, Gillian Welch and more on Salutations

Conor Oberst and The Felice Brothers | photo by Julia Brokaw | courtesy of the artist
Conor Oberst and The Felice Brothers | photo by Julia Brokaw | courtesy of the artist

Last year, singer-songwriter Conor Oberst spent a winter in Omaha and recorded Ruminations, a stunning and solitary meditation on life and isolation, and his best record in a decade.

This year, he returns to that body of work in a full-band Americana-rock context with longtime friends and collaborators The Felice Brothers. Joining them are an impressive roster of guests including Jim James, Blake Mills, Maria Taylor, M Ward, Gillian Welch, Gus Seyffert, Pearl Charles, Nathaniel Walcott, and Jonathan Wilson. The Salutations collection will come out on Nonesuch Records on March 17th, expanding on the ten songs of Ruminations and unveiling an additional ten songs.

This winter and spring, Oberst will go on tour with The Felice Brothers as his backing band; check out the tour dates below, as well as the album art and track listing. To get a now-and-then view, watch the newly-released video “A Little Uncanny” from Salutations, and compare it alongside the original version on Ruminations. Continue reading →

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Watch Conor Oberst play an intimate bookstore show to celebrate Ruminations

conor oberst | NPR show @ Housing works | screencap via performance vid
Conor Oberst | NPR show @ Housing Works | still from video

Singer-songwriter Conor Oberst recently put on a very personal performance at Housing Works Bookstore in New York to celebrate his new record Ruminations. Looking through his lens of helplessness and worry, Oberst easily entertained a friendly atmosphere of fans with three tracks off of the new record.

With a recent health scare in the form of a brain cyst, Oberst moved back home to Omaha and would eventually make the record in a 48 hour recording session, resulting in a reflective collection of songs about his situation.

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