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Few artists have been as musically active as Omaha native Conor Oberst. The Bright Eyes frontman got his start writing and recording music at the tender age of 12. Shortly after being coaxed to perform onstage, Oberst went home and, using his dad’s four-track recorder, wrote and recorded nine songs. He and his brother released the songs on cassette from their own Lumberjack Records, which would go on to become Saddle Creek Records. Since then, Oberst has played just about every instrument in a wide array of bands. His most notable outfit, Bright Eyes, began releasing powerful, sometimes noisy folk songs in 1998 and the critical acclaim quickly began to accumulate. Bright Eyes’ music focused on personal issues, often noted for discussing heartbreak and depression. Oberst also formed Desparecidos in 2001 which featured a much heavier sound and lyrics that explored larger social and political issues. He also led Conor Oberst and the Mystic Valley Band. Oberst, along with M. Ward, My Morning Jacket’s Jim James and former Bright Eyes member Mike Mogis, formed the Monsters of Folk in 2009. He now releases music under his own name.

Who Is Really the Next Bob Dylan? We Rank 28 Contenders

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Harry Thompson/Samir Hussein, Getty Images

It's almost a rite of passage for an emerging singer-songwriter to be dubbed "the next Bob Dylan." But are there any modern musicians who actually deserve the title?

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Desaparecidos Cancel Remaining Tour Dates After Conor Obert Is Hospitalized

Matt Cowan, Getty Images
Matt Cowan, Getty Images

Oberst is reportedly suffering from laryngitis, anxiety and exhaustion.

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Dawes’ New Video Features Cameos by Conor Oberst, Brandon Flowers, M. Ward + More

Dawes
Dan Martensen

Brandon Flowers, My Morning Jacket, M. Ward, Johnathan Rice and Gillian Welch all make appearances in the new video.

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Watch Conor Oberst’s Desaparecidos Perform ‘City on the Hill’ on ‘Seth Meyers’

Desaparecidos

The Bright Eyes' artist took his punk outfit to 'Seth Meyers' to make their late night television debut.

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Album Review: Desaparecidos, ‘Payola’

Desaparecidos
Matt Cowan, Getty Images

Desaparecidos are back with their second studio album and first in 13 years, 'Payola.' Read our review here.

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Listen to ‘The Underground Man’ From Desaparecidos’ Upcoming LP, ‘Payola’

Desaparecidos
Matt Cowan, Getty Images

Desaparecidos have unveiled the previously released song, “The Underground Man,” which will appear on their upcoming album, 'Payola.'

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Conor Oberst’s Desaparecidos Premiere New Song, ‘The Left Is Right’

Conor Oberst
Matt Cowan, Getty Images

The punk-leaning band will finally release their sophomore effort, ​'Payola​,' later this month.

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Governors Ball NYC Photo Gallery: Day Two

Future Islands
Emily Tan, Diffuser

Ryan Adams, Bjork, Future Islands and more rock the second day of Governors Ball 2015.

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Conor Oberst Opens Up About Rape Allegations + More

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Paul Morigi, Getty Images

Listen to Conor Oberst's recent visit to Marc Maron's WTF podcast.

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Todos Santos Music Festival 2015, Weekend Two [Photo Gallery]

Todos Santos Music Festival 2015 - Drive-By Truckers and Peter Buck
Howard Ekman

The second and final weekend of this year's Todos Santos Music Festival featured a massive send-off.

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