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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.

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

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Desaparecidos Sign Deal With Epitaph, Announce New Album

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Conor Oberst's punk rock band, Desaparecidos, have just inked a deal with Epitaph Records who will deliver the band's untitled new album later this year.

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Peter Buck Curated Music Festival, Todos Santos, Announces 2015 Lineup

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It's never too early to talk about festival season.

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Conor Oberst and Friends Spread Holiday Cheer for WFUV In New York City

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Conor Oberst walked onto the stage of New York City's iconic Beacon Theatre Monday night (Dec. 8) to open the show he was headlining.

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Conor Oberst Performs ‘Zigzagging Toward the Light’ and ‘Artifact #1’ On ‘Kimmel’

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Conor Oberst stopped by ‘Jimmy Kimmel Live!’ last night (Nov. 11) to perform two songs from his latest solo album, ‘Upside Down Mountain.’

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Conor Oberst + Jenny Lewis May Release Old Collaboration as Edible 7-Inch

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Karl Walter/Stephen Lovekin, Getty Images

Jenny Lewis and Conor Oberst talked to each other in front of some cameras, and the subject of releasing an old, odd collaboration they recorded 10 years ago came up.

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Conor Oberst Announces New Release for Record Store Day Black Friday

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Ahead of his fall tour, Conor Oberst has announced details on an upcoming release for this year's Record Store Day Black Friday event.

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Conor Oberst Debuts New Music Video for ‘Common Knowledge’

Conor Oberst - 'Common Knowledge'
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The music video for 'Common Knowledge' -- a companion video for a previous release -- is just as dreary as the song itself. But that's not necessarily a bad thing.

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Conor Oberst Performs ‘Hundreds of Ways’ on ‘Letterman’

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Mike Lawrie, Getty Images

Conor Oberst stopped by 'The Late Show With David Letterman' last night to play the groovy, jazzed-up 'Hundreds of Ways' from his latest solo album.

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