Conor Oberst is an American singer-songwriter best known for his work in the musical group Bright Eyes. He has also played in many other bands, including Desaparecidos, Norman Bailer, Commander Venus, Park Ave., Conor Oberst and the Mystic Valley Band, and Monsters of Folk.
Throughout the end of 2012 and the start of 2013, Oberst went on his first solo tour of North America and Europe with Ben Brodin on guitar and vibraphone for support. Although he was on his solo tour, he continued to play songs from his other projects as mentioned previously, including Bright Eyes, Mystic Valley Band, etc. He also played his solo work.
Oberst’s solo record, Upside Down Mountain, was released on May 20 of this year. Oberst worked with producer Jonathan Wilson (Dawes, Father John Misty) and the Swedish duo First Aid Kit. The record, according to Oberst, is a return to an earlier style of his songwriting. Oberst explains how his album is like a language to Nonesuch Records.
“It’s more intimate or personal, if you will. Even if all my songs come from the same place, you make different aesthetic decisions along the way. For me, language is a huge part of why I make music. I’m not the greatest guitar player or piano player—I’m not the greatest singer, either—but I feel if I can come up with melodies I like that are fused with poetry I’m proud of, then that’s what I bring to the table. That’s why I’m able to do this.”
Conor Oberst at Stubb’s Bar-B-Q
Saturday, September 20, 2014
Doors: 7 PM
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Bright Eyes’ Conor Oberst will be embarking on a solo US tour this spring, with a stop at Union Transfer on May 21st. The tour is in support of his newest album, Upside Down Mountain, due for release on May 20th, just one day before the Philly stop. Upside Down Mountain will be released by Nonesuch Records, who will also be releasing a limited edition 7-inch single for Record Store Day. The single will feature the already released album track “Hundreds of Ways” along with a B-side track “Fast Friends.”
The last time we heard from Oberst was in 2011 with the Bright Eyes album The People’s Key, the band’s 8th studio release. His most recent solo offering was 2009’s Outer South. But this upcoming album will be a bit different in sound, described as a country-inspired album. Recording the album in Nashville, Conor Oberst got a little help from Father John Misty producer Jonathan Wilson. The album also features vocals from First Aid Kit, the Swedish folk duo comprised of sisters Johanna and Klara Söderberg.
There is no word yet on who will be opening for Oberst when he performs at Union Transfer this May. However, Dawes had previously been announced as the opening band as well as Oberst’s backing band for the extent of the tour, so we can only hope that they will show up in Philly as well.
Conor Oberst @ Union Transfer
Wednesday, May 21
Show @ 8:30 PM (Doors @ 8:00 PM)
Posted in Philadelphia
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