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.
M. Ward Reunites the Monsters of Folk at Hollywood Bowl
Jim James and Conor Oberst sat in on a few songs when M. Ward opened for Brian Wilson at the Hollywood Bowl.
Who Is Really the Next Bob Dylan? We Rank 28 Contenders
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?
Desaparecidos Cancel Remaining Tour Dates After Conor Obert Is Hospitalized
Oberst is reportedly suffering from laryngitis, anxiety and exhaustion.
Watch Conor Oberst's Desaparecidos Perform on 'Seth Meyers'
The Bright Eyes' artist took his punk outfit to 'Seth Meyers' to make their late night television debut.
Desaparecidos Premiere New Song 'The Left Is Right'
The punk-leaning band will finally release their sophomore effort, 'Payola,' later this month.
Conor Oberst Opens Up About Rape Allegations + More
Listen to Conor Oberst's recent visit to Marc Maron's WTF podcast.