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Music, All Shook Down Conor Oberst Inc. Takes Over the Fillmore

Conor Oberst Inc. Takes Over the Fillmore

Conor Oberst M. Ward The Felice Brothers The Fillmore, San Francisco October 3, 2015 Better Than: Listening to I’m Wide Awake, It’s Morning alone in your room and trying to understand why high school is so cruel. “Conor and…
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Music, Presented by Conor: How Bright Eyes Got a Stage at Hardly Strictly

Presented by Conor: How Bright Eyes Got a Stage at Hardly Strictly

Conor Oberst is the unwaveringly frank songwriter and voice behind Bright Eyes, Desaparecidos, and the Mystic Valley Band, sure, but he's also got another cool gig: guest booker at Hardly Strictly Bluegrass. For the past three years, Oberst has had…
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Music, All Shook Down Bright Eyes Recruits Rich Liberals for Revolution at the Fox Theater

Bright Eyes Recruits Rich Liberals for Revolution at the Fox Theater

Bright EyesApril 12, 2011@ The Fox Theater, OaklandBetter than: Whatever shit Mike Huckabee listens to.If Bob Dylan sang the universal in such exquisite poetry that it became personal, Conor Oberst shouts the personal so loudly that it can't help but seem universal.…
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Music, All Shook Down The Poor Man's Coachella: A Guide to Seeing Your Favorite Artists Without Leaving Home

The Poor Man's Coachella: A Guide to Seeing Your Favorite Artists Without Leaving Home

Don't want to travel south for the three-day festival of the sunburn? Well, fine: Most of the biggest and best draws at Coachella are hitting the Bay Area over the next few weeks anyway. Here's a guide to whom to…
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Music, All Shook Down In Print: Papercuts' Stunning Sub Pop Debut, Killer Mike's Righteous Fury, and More

In Print: Papercuts' Stunning Sub Pop Debut, Killer Mike's Righteous Fury, and More

S.F.'s Papercuts Make a Stunning, Dreamy Sub Pop Debut: On Papercuts' Sub Pop debut, Fading Parade, Quever's vision of atmospheric, world-weary indie-pop is expanded to a stunning degree. Not only is it by far the best thing Papercuts has yet…
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Music, Hear This Bright Eyes: Show Preview

Bright Eyes: Show Preview

Two words: Conor Oberst. We'd put money on the fact that a whole bunch of people reading this just swooned at the mere sight of his name, because the Bright Eyes frontman has enjoyed (and at times suffered) a near-obsessive…
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Music, All Shook Down Helpful Advice: How To Survive NOT Going To SXSW

Helpful Advice: How To Survive NOT Going To SXSW

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Music, All Shook Down Album That Time Time Sort Of Forgot: Desaparecidos' 'Read Music/Speak Spanish'

Album That Time Time Sort Of Forgot: Desaparecidos' 'Read Music/Speak Spanish'

Today sees the stateside release of the Arcade Fire's third full-length album, The Suburbs, which supposedly kicks ass. Not having heard it, I will instead ruminate on another album about suburbs: Read Music/Speak Spanish, the first and only record…
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Music, Let's Get Killed Jamie Stewart's infinite sadness is exhausting

Jamie Stewart's infinite sadness is exhausting

Jamie Stewart is a morgue-serious songwriter. And yet it's impossible for me to take the Xiu Xiu frontman seriously. The ache in his indie rock takes introspective moping to such an exaggerated extreme it's difficult to endure with a straight…
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Music, Reviewed Conor Oberst

Conor Oberst

Oberst has the tendency to be heavy-handed with metaphor and with language in general, often reading like a hipper, more literate version of a 16-year-old's poetry journal. His newest effort, recorded in a rural Mexican locale dubbed Valle Místico, doesn't…
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Plugged in -- ASD's music picks for Sunday, June 3

Indiefun: Manchester Orchestra, 8pm at Slim's w/ mewithoutYou, and Piebald $14/$16 "Lavishly moody indie rock that ought to appeal to fans of Death Cab for Cutie, Modest Mouse and Bright Eyes. The 'orchestra' part of the name isn't entirely misleading:…
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Music, Bright Bursts

Bright Bursts

All right, Conor Oberst. White flag. You win. With your hair all long now and those convincingly repentant songs about snorting dope, digging Satan, and conquering starlets, we give. Cassadaga, the ambitious mess that is Bright Eyes' fifth record, finds…
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Music, Department of What The Fuck? Music videos: First they were all the rage, then they were all but dead. Thanks mainly to Apple, they're back.

Music videos: First they were all the rage, then they were all but dead. Thanks mainly to Apple, they're back.

Video killed the radio star in 1981. By the end of the '90s, though, 120 Minutes was dead; MTV had discovered, via The Real World, that reality doesn't bite so much as addict viewers; and the music video had become…
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Music, Reviewed Someone Still Loves You Boris Yeltsin

Someone Still Loves You Boris Yeltsin

Dear Unknown Band From Middle-of-Nowhere Missouri, How do I love thee? Let me count the ways. Firstly, your name, which tickles me in ways I don't fully understand. Secondly, your singer's voice, like a friendly, joy-buzzed handshake from the Mendoza…
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This Week's Day-by-Day Picks

Wednesday, May 4, 2005 It beats us why anyone else likes Bright Eyes. Bandleader Conor Oberst, to put it mildly, is no opera singer, and he's also self-obsessed, unashamed of his drug abuse, and whiny. It so happens that we…
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Music, Turn Around, Bright Eyes

Turn Around, Bright Eyes

Some pop culture phenomena are unfathomable. Why the boys in Maroon 5, who have as much soul as a worn-out sandal, are hugely popular is beyond comprehension. Ashlee Simpson? She couldn't sing her way out of a paper bag. Jim…
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Music, Reviewed Magnolia Electric Co

Magnolia Electric Co

Contemporary. Midwestern. Indie. Rock. Four words that conjure images of skinny introverts with guitars, the sort who make up band names for their solo projects. And while one of those dudes' Bright Eyes seems to be getting much of the…
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Music, Reviewed Bright Eyes

Bright Eyes

Little Conor Oberst, bless his heart. We've watched him grow up right before our eyes, much like the zany girls of The Facts of Life. Although, in his case, he's gone from writing sensitive stories influenced by mid-America suburbia to…
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Music, Saddle Chic

Saddle Chic

On a September night at New York City's Bowery Ballroom, Cursive takes the stage forcefully, flooding the hall with its distorted opuses of precise guitars and pining vocals. In between songs, singer/ guitarist Tim Kasher fields fans' questions about everything…
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Calendar, Night&Day The Future's So Bright

The Future's So Bright

Usually during times of stress there's a tendency to seek out mindless entertainment, but these days folks are looking to pair their frivolous diversions with more substance. As this year's all-time-low Oscars ratings prove, we want meatier fare. Given that,…
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