Conor Oberst

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    October 17, 2013

    NYC's Best Music Moments in 2013 (So Far)

    We've still got a couple of months before it's time to avoid Times Square like the plague while ringing in 2014, and yet we've already had a year's worth of memorable musical moments (and then some). Ensemble tributes, controversial hip-hop sets that came up in conversations for weeks afterwards, ex ... More >>

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    September 27, 2013

    The 10 Best Concerts in New York This Weekend, 9/27/13

    For more shows throughout the weekend, check out our New York Concert Calendar, which we update daily.

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    September 18, 2013
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    February 25, 2013

    The Ten Best Concerts in New York This Week, 2/25/13

    Here are the 10 best concerts in the city this week, in no particular order.

  • Voice Choices

    February 20, 2013


    Conor Oberst is ready to fight

  • Blogs

    October 1, 2012

    First Aid Kit - Music Hall of Williamsburg - 9/30/12

    First Aid Kit Music Hall of Williamsburg Sunday, September 30, 2012 Better than: Somebody with a beard. Johanna and Klara Soderbergh walked to the edge of the stage at Music Hall of Williamsburg on Sunday night. "We're going to play this one without the mics," Johanna said, slightly sliding her f ... More >>

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    March 21, 2012

    First Aid Kit Are Ladies of the Fjord

    A Scandinavian spin on Americana

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    July 18, 2011

    Saturday In New York: The Waste Of Paint Team Hits Up The 4Knots Music Festival

    ​ In Waste Of Paint, our writer/artist team of Jamie Peck and Debbie Allen will review goings-on about town in words and images. This weekend, Debbie and I turned our attentions inwards, to the Village Voice's own 4Knots Music Festival at South Street Seaport. As always, the Seaport was a str ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 11, 2011

    Week In Review: "In Reality, There Is No Greatest of All Time"

    ​"In reality, there is no greatest of all time," wrote Prodigy, wisely from prison. This sort of wisdom resonates in a week during which Phil Collins says "That's All" (sort of) to his epic career, and the Dropkick Murphys make a confusing Billboard Top Ten debut with an album called Going Out ... More >>

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    March 9, 2011

    Live: Bright Eyes Give The People What They Want At Radio City

    Bright Eyes/Superchunk/WILD FLAG Radio City Music Hall Tuesday, March 8 Better Than: Oh, come on. I'm not making a Roseland Ballroom joke. We need to talk about Nate Walcott. You long ago made up your mind about Conor Oberst, and if you've never found in-house producer/utility man Mike Mogis' wa ... More >>

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    February 23, 2011
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    November 30, 2010

    Bright Eyes Playing Radio City Music Hall In March, To Celebrate Their New Record

    ​You may regard Conor Oberst and his ongoing Bright Eyes concern as emblematic of a pasty, Paste-addled strain of whiny indie rock, but as such they can still be wildly entertaining: Last time I saw him, Oberst was kicking the crap out of a toy piano (with help from Dave Rawlings!) onstage at ... More >>

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    March 1, 2010

    Download: Titus Andronicus, "A More Perfect Union"

    ​This is the epic, leaving-New-Jersey-and-already-sorta-regretting-it album opener from The Monitor, the new Titus Andronicus record that you'll be hearing quite a lot about soon. It's civil war-themed, sorta. Also about moving to Boston, and friends. Some other stuff too. TA frontmant Patrick ... More >>

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    December 2, 2009

    F2K No. 28: Xiu Xiu, "Support Our Troops OH (Black Angels OH)"

    F2K is a countdown of the 50 worst songs of the decade. Track our progress here. Breaking news: Sensitive indie rocker still mad at world because he got noogies in junior high First, let's play fair: I love me some Xiu Xiu. Their six-album run from 2002's Knife Play to 2008's Women As Lovers i ... More >>

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    November 6, 2009

    This Weekend! Monsters of Folk, Girls, Basement Jaxx, And Wolfmother If You're Nasty

    Here be monsters​It seems that even people you'd think would hate that Monsters of Folk record warmed to it -- more monster, less folk, I guess. The M. Ward/Conor Oberst/Jim James/less famous dude partnership hits United Palace Theatre tonight and the Beacon Theatre Sunday.

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    September 1, 2009


    The great Norse hope comes to the Bowery

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    July 31, 2009

    Week in Review: I Have a Blog, This is What Happens.

    Rebecca SmeyneThese Are Powers' Pat getting his temperature taken in China​ In the week leading up to All Points Wet (har har), vandals insulted the word "gay" in describing Coldplay, we came up with suggestions for a Beastie Boys tribute on Friday at All Points West, and there were plenty of ... More >>

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    July 30, 2009

    Photos: Mazor Lazer, The Virgins, Amazing Baby, Conor Oberst, Public Enemy at Japan's Fuji Rock Festival

    all photos by Rebecca Smeyne While you were busy shrieking at the East River stormclouds this past weekend, some of our locals were overseas for Fuji Rock, a gorgeously run three-day Japanese music festival. There were approximately 130,000 attendees, Oasis, Weezer, and Franz Ferdinand as headliner ... More >>

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    July 27, 2009

    News Roundup: Monsters of Folk, Weezer, Merce Cunningham

    ​--The Monsters of Folk will hit the road this fall. The band, consisting of Bright Eyes' Conor Oberst and Mike Mogis, alongside M. Ward and My Morning Jacket's Jim James (got that?), will perform as a band, switching off instruments and vocal duties. They'll play New York twice: November 6 at ... More >>

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    July 7, 2009

    News Roundup: Lupe Fiasco, Elliott Smith, Brooklyn Bowl, Late Night TV

    -- Lupe Fiasco released the first single from his upcoming album, Lasers. The track is the spacey "Shining Down," which has Lupe taking a dig at autotune by using it. It leaked last month to the rapper's dismay. He plays Governors Island on Sept 11 (tickets go on sale Friday at noon) and SUNY's Dewa ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 6, 2009

    Live: Conor Oberst and Jenny Lewis Get Festive on the Fourth of July

    Conor Oberst Jenny Lewis Battery Park River to River Festival Saturday, July 4 Conor Oberst's labelmate Tim Kasher once sang, "I'm writing songs to entertain/ But these people, they just/ They just want pain." It's an apt summation of the lukewarm reaction to last year's eponymous Conor Oberst, ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 2, 2009

    This Weekend! 4th of July Edition

    It's our country's birthday this weekend. Thursday, the Celebrate Brooklyn festival hosts Puetro Rican pop star Obie Bermudez at the Bandshell; he paid his dues working a Bronx laundromat job for three years. Luke Temple earned his weight by pulling hours at a candy store; Friday, he fronts Here We ... More >>

  • Voice Choices

    June 24, 2009


    Conor Oberst & the Mystic Valley Band rock the River to River Festival

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    April 20, 2009

    Coachella 2009, By The Numbers

    David AtlasLeonard Cohen: hymnal, transcendant Clubs editor Stacey Anderson sojourned in Indio, California this past weekend for Coachella. She already covered the frantic play-by-play over at our Twitter, so we asked her to wrap-up the festival with a by-the-numbers guide to her three days in the ... More >>

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    April 15, 2009

    On Bright Eyes' Cover of "Papa Was a Rodeo" From SCORE! 20 Years of Merge Records: The Covers

    Always thought "Papa Was a Rodeo" was a genuine love song. Satirical disclaimer, of course, written in uncharacteristically referential homage to Nancy Sinatra and Lee Hazelwood, apparently. But the best tributes take on their own lives and layers, and Merritt's ode to American country balladry stil ... More >>

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    January 30, 2009

    Coachella: Paul McCartney's Coming to the Desert

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    November 14, 2008

    Week in Review: You Can’t Believe It

    In the week that Jim Jones made musical theater history, we joined the campaign to win Dame Dash a Tony Award, or at least a Vogue feature. T.I. continues to charm America; so, from beyond the grave, does ODB. AC/DC still have it, as do Quintron and Miss Pussycat. This new Jawbreaker band may or ma ... More >>

  • Blogs

    November 11, 2008

    Live: Conor Oberst at Terminal 5

    photos by Catherine Trestini Conor Oberst and the Mystic Valley Band Terminal 5 November 9 If you thought it was irritating having to call Bright Eyes a band, just wait ‘til you get a load of Boy Genius' “solo project,” wherein he ignores his “Bright Eyes” catalog altogether and jams for ... More >>

  • Voice Choices

    November 5, 2008


    Conor Oberst's latest songs are his most assured

  • Blogs

    October 5, 2008

    POP Montreal Day 4: The D'Urbervilles, Adam & His Amethysts, PUCE Pop

    Yesterday was a slow day for musical discoveries, barring Guelph’s The D’Urbervilles, who played an invigorating afternoon set at Le Divan Orange. Unfortunately, Adam and His Amethysts were too dull to deserve such a sparkling moniker; what’s worse, their front man is also a member of Miracle ... More >>

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    April 23, 2008
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    April 3, 2007

    Like a Rhinestone Cowboy

    Conor Oberst finally emulates the greats by mixing brilliance with bloated bumbling

  • Blogs

    January 30, 2007

    Live: Conor Oberst, uh, M. Ward at Town Hall

    Yeah, that's who you think it is on the left. Photo by Tammy Lo. More of her photos from Town Hall here. M. Ward at Town Hall Date: Friday, January 26 Opener: Portastatic Better than: Disaster Vagina at the Idiotarod Rating: 7.7 His heart is always on the line, he's traveled all kinds of places, a ... More >>

  • Music

    May 9, 2006

    Chumps with Chops

    MySpace studs muse on the long, dark December of their souls

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    March 28, 2006

    Exit Stage Left

    Earnest celebrities support the troops with jokes and anger

  • NYC Life

    March 21, 2006

    Get Your War Off

    Susan Sarandon, Cindy Sheehan, and Peaches bring it home

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    February 28, 2006

    Ratty Cool

    TV hospital drama life unfolds to new new wave

  • NYC Life

    January 31, 2006

    Plugged In

    Plug Awards push play; Bright Eyes wins Artist of the Year

  • NYC Life

    December 13, 2005

    Holiday Fear

    Jewcy juices up Hanukkah with Triumph and Perry Farrell; Santacon gets Scenic busted

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    September 13, 2005
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    June 14, 2005

    Sustenance Enough?

    Indie-rock heavy hitters get confused figuring out why they're doing it, doing it, doing it

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    May 31, 2005
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    January 25, 2005

    Tom Thumb's Blues

    It's alright, Ma (The generation's voice is only bleeding)

  • Music

    January 11, 2005

    What Color Is His Parachute?

    Conor Oberst supplies aging middlebrows with tote bag, Postal Service tykes with a mess

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    March 2, 2004
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    November 11, 2003
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    November 5, 2002
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    October 1, 2002
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    October 1, 2002
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    July 17, 2001
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