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2014

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Conor Oberst Accepts Rape Accuser's Public Apology

July 16, 2014

Conor Oberst has accepted Joanie Faircloth's recent public apology for accusing the Bright Eyes frontman of rape. "This has been extremely difficult and stressful for me personally and for those I love," Oberst said in a statement. "I'm appreciative of...

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Conor Oberst Rape Accuser: 'I Made Up Lies'

July 14, 2014

Joanie Faircloth, who alleged that Bright Eyes frontman Conor Oberst had sexually assaulted her in the comments of an XOJane article, has now admitted that she made the whole story up. In February, Oberst had filed a libel lawsuit against her, calling...

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Conor Oberst's New Dystopian Music Video

May 28, 2014

Conor Oberst's new video for "Zigzagging Toward the Light" – the first clip for a song off his most recent album, Upside Down Mountain – begins a decade into the future. There, the Bright Eyes frontman sits for an interview...

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Mac Miller Explains Bright Eyes Cover

February 7, 2014

Mac Miller's musical progression from his playful 2011 debut Blue Slide Park to last year's more serious Watching Movies With the Sound Off showcased the rapper's increasingly diverse influences. But even longtime fans might have been thrown...

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Conor Oberst Auditioned for 'Inside Llewyn Davis'

January 2, 2014

Conor Oberst was up for the titular role of Inside Llewyn Davis – "and thank God for everyone that I didn't get it," he joked during a chat with the film's actual star, Oscar Isaac. In a chat for Interview, Isaac and the Bright Eyes frontman spoke...

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Conor Oberst Files Lawsuit Over Rape Allegations

February 20, 2014

Bright Eyes frontman Conor Oberst filed a libel lawsuit against a woman who claimed the singer raped her 10 years ago. The suit claims that "the only connection between Oberst and [Joanie] Faircloth was one of artist and fan" and that Faircloth, who was...

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Inside Conor Oberst's Grown-Up Solo Album

January 31, 2014

Conor Oberst gets carded as he enters an East Nashville bar on a recent Monday night, but at 33, he doesn't feel like a kid anymore: After an insanely prolific 15-year run in which he played in half a dozen different bands and wrote hundreds of songs,...

2012

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Conor Oberst's Desaparecidos Release Track Calling Out Sheriff Joe Arpaio

August 2, 2012

Desaparecidos, the recently reunited post-hardcore act fronted by Bright Eyes' Conor Oberst, have a new protest song out titled "MariKKKopa," which calls out controversial Maricopa County, Arizona sheriff Joe Arpaio. The track will be available to purchase...

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Conor Oberst to Open Bar in Omaha, Reunites Desaparecidos

April 23, 2012

According to the Omaha World-Herald, singer-songwriter and noted drinker Conor Oberst will open a cocktail bar in the Dundee district of his hometown, Omaha. Teaming up with fellow Omaha musician Phil Schaffart, Oberst will open a space tentatively named...

2011

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Bright Eyes Play Rooftop Concert Above the Lights of Las Vegas

September 25, 2011

Las Vegas' rock and roll scene is best known for residence shows from Santana, Elton John and other veteran acts playing for a largely tourist market. But a number of festivals and projects are giving Sin City a more current spin; earlier this year, Vegas'...

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Lollapalooza 2011

August 1, 2011
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Bright Eyes Presents Long, Wordy Set and Anti-War Sentiment at SXSW

March 20, 2011

The most moving moment of Bright Eyes' hour-and-three-quarters open-air SXSW set at Auditorium Shores Stage (which borders Austin's Lady Bird Lake reservoir) early Saturday evening wasn't a song; it was a statement, following the Nebraska indie-folksters'...

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Reviewed: Bright Eyes Plays to His Strengths on 'The People's Key'; George Michael's 'Faith' Holds Up as a Pop Classic

February 1, 2011

It's an excellent time to go record shopping: This week's slate of Rolling Stone reviews is uniformly positive. In the lead review, Jon Dolan praises the new Bright Eyes album The People's Key for consolidating all of songwriter Conor Oberst's strengths,...

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Bright Eyes Crank Guitars, Drop Rasta Knowledge on New Album

January 12, 2011

Conor Oberst went into the new Bright Eyes album with a guiding principle: Less is more. "On [2007's] Cassadaga, all the sonic real estate was occupied," says Oberst. "That one felt like it was left in the oven too long. As we were making this record,...

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Bright Eyes' Explosive 'Jejune Eyes'

June 10, 2011

Lance Acord's video for "Jejune Stars," a rocking new wave-ish number from Bright Eyes' latest album The People's Key, is both low key and literally explosive, with the band performing on a dimly lit stage while an elaborate fireworks display illustrates...

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Bright Eyes Perform Synth-Rock 'Jejune Stars' on 'Letterman'

February 25, 2011

Bright Eyes turned up on Late Show with David Letterman to play "Jejune Stars," an up-tempo synth-rock number from their latest album The People's Key. It's a good, dynamic performance, but the best part of this clip may actually be Letterman stumbling...

Album Review

The People's Key

February 1, 2011

Click to Listen to Bright Eyes' The People's Key It's been almost a decade since Bright Eyes' Lifted or The Story Is in the Soil, Keep Your Ear to the Ground, the epic 2002 album that established Conor Oberst as the pain-strumming poet of emo and the...

2010

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Bright Eyes to Release Album Next Year

November 30, 2010

On Februrary 15, Bright Eyes will release a new album, The People's Key, the band's first album since 2007's Cassadaga. Despite the group's hiatus, singer and main songwriter Conor Oberst has been prolific as ever, releasing two solo albums and an EP...

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Noise Floor (Rarities 1998-2005)

November 2, 2010

Bright Eyes leader Conor Oberst was a prolific songwriter back before he could shave, and he kept up that pace while turning into the poet laureate of Heartbreak Nation and a sex symbol for nice girls who dreamt of mothering him. The unfortunately front-loaded...

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