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Bright Eyes

Conor Oberst - FUV Live - 2014

by Carmel Holt

Of course you know this prolific musician from his work with his bands Bright Eyes, Desaparecidos and Monsters of Folk, to name a few. He’s also put out several albums as a solo artist. In fact, he just released his sixth solo album, Upside Down Mountain, and it we recently made the record our FUV's New Dig.  Of the new album, Oberst says, “For me, language is a huge part of why I make music. I’m not the greatest guitar player or piano player. I’m not the greatest singer either, but I feel if I can come up with melodies I like that are fused with poetry I’m proud of, then that’s what I bring to the table.”  Hear the ever-so-humble Conor Oberst perform songs from Upside Down Mountain for us in Studio A.

[recorded: 03/28/14]

Bright Eyes - Words and Music - 2007

by Rita Houston

It's been over a decade since Conor Oberst's indie-rock phemon days, and with his band Bright Eyes, he's clearly become one of the most thought provoking and talented songwriters around. Tonight Rita Houston chats with Bright Eyes about what's been called their most mature album to date, 'Cassadaga.'