Conor Oberst

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    September 15, 2014

    6 Best Concerts to See in Phoenix This Week

    Have you recovered from Mad Decent Block Party? Last weekend, everything musical in Phoenix paused to give space for what is arguably the largest EDM event that will happen this year. This week, the Phoenix music universe has adjusted, compensating for the overabundance of beats and turntables with ... More >>

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    May 21, 2014

    Ryan Adams' Love Is Hell Turned 10 And No One Noticed

    With hardly a whisper from the collective music community in the past two weeks, the 10th anniversary of a defining record for one of this generation's most prolific musicians came and went. Ryan Adams' Love Is Hell, his fifth solo record and what may be his darkest offering to date, was a stripped- ... More >>

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    December 28, 2012

    13 Phoenix Bands You Need to Know in 2013: The Complete List

    As 2012 draws to a close, we couldn't be more optimistic about the state of music in the Valley of the Sun. With new bands emerging from various scenes and subgenres, it can be hard to keep up with the latest in Phoenix music. What follows are our picks for 13 acts that will make an impact on the S ... More >>

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    December 19, 2012

    Sundressed Is Sad (And That's Good)

    Indie folk band Sundressed is a sad bunch, and that's good. Lead by singer/songwriter Trevor Hedges, the quintet thrives on all of those things that make pop music so endearing; you know, things like heartbreak, rejection, and misery. See also: -13 Bands You Need to Hear in 2013 -[Archive] That W ... More >>

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    September 13, 2012

    Blake Mills: Fiona Apple's Guitarist Makes Killer Pop on His Own

    Blake Mills isn't a household name, but like classic sidemen of lore (David Lindley, Ry Cooder, Leon Russell), he's makes an impact wherever he shows up. As a guitarist in Fiona Apple's band (he's performing with her on Tuesday, September 18, at Mesa Arts Center), Lucinda Williams, Cass McCombs, B ... More >>

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    July 12, 2012
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    July 12, 2012
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    May 4, 2012

    Five Must-See Shows This Weekend (Cinco de Mayo Edition)

    Curious what's going on around town this weekend? Need some suggestions as to how to rock, dance, or krump in the Valley of the Sun? Don't fret: These are our Five Shows to See This Weekend. Saturday May 5: Cinco de Mayo Phoenix Festival in Downtown Phoenix More than 150,000 people are expected to ... More >>

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    June 20, 2011

    Seven Suggested Songs For the Morning Commute

    Kholood EidThe morning commute can be a zen experience with the right playlist.​The morning commute can be a drag. A lack of sleep, caffeine or motivation can take its toll on a person. Luckily, there's music to at least help make the trip to work/school more bearable. Up on the Sun threw togethe ... More >>

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    June 13, 2011

    Six Degrees of The Elected

    Blake Sennett of The Elected: Somehow connected to Angelina Jolie, Johnny Depp, and Bright Eyes.​The 1993 film Six Degrees of Separation, about how everybody is ultimately connected to everybody else through somebody else, has spawned some spin-offs -- most notably, the game "Six Degrees of Kevin ... More >>

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    June 2, 2011

    Top 40 Songs with Arizona in the Lyrics: Songs 40 through 21

    Wikimedia CommonsArizona: Land of sun and song.​There have been more than 140 songs with lyrics about Arizona in them. Seriously. Some of them have been big hits by huge acts, too ("Get Back" by The Beatles, "Take It Easy" by The Eagles). The lyrics to these songs capture various snapshots of the ... More >>

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    May 24, 2011

    Happy 70th Birthday Bob Dylan: The Seven Best "New Dylans"

    ​ Bob Dylan turns 70 today. The man who gave us "The Times They Are A-Changin'," the man who wrote "Like a Rolling Stone," "Mr. Tambourine Man," and "With God On Our Side." Over the years, he's influenced and remained busy. He inspired Sam Cook to write "A Change is Gonna Come," and even gave his ... More >>

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    April 19, 2011

    Sound Strike Responds To One-Sided Article

    Zack's been coming to AZ long before 1070 was an issueWhen I read the recent article "How a boycott meant to save Arizona is hurting it," I wondered to myself how its author, a woman by the name of Drew Grant, ended up writing such an insipid, one-sided piece about the Sound Strike, a piec ... More >>

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    April 12, 2011

    The Sound Strike Suffers Major Defections, Blocks Journalists from Facebook Page

    ​The Sound Strike has hit a rough patch.Yesterday, a federal appeals court again blocked SB 1070, which you can read all about on our Feathered Bastard blog, meaning the extremist Arizona immigration law will likely never take effect. That's great news for people who support the state's migrant co ... More >>

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    March 30, 2011

    Conor Oberst Disses Lady Gaga, Other Acts who Refuse Arizona Boycott

    ​Bright Eyes singer Conor Oberst is not backing down from the boycott of Arizona.In a new interview, Outburst Oberst singled out another musician by name, picking on Lady Gaga, who bravely performed in Phoenix last week for the second time on her current tour. Her first time through town she famou ... More >>

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    February 2, 2011

    The Sound Strike Gets Fancy New Web Site

    ​Would you like to see fewer (possible no) concerts played in the state of Arizona until SB 1070 has been repealed by a state legislature more interested in getting a gun into the hands of every man woman and child and making Obama hop through hoops to get his name on the 2012 ballot? The Sound St ... More >>

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    January 17, 2011

    River Jones & Friends Music Festival at The Paisley Violin Last Night

    Melissa FossumMichelle Blades playing live at the River Jones Music & Friends Festival at Paisley Violin in Phoenix.​River Jones Music Festival The Paisley Violin Sunday, January 16, 2011 The first images that came to mind when I heard about a folk festival at The Paisley Violin? Tie-dyed col ... More >>

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    November 26, 2010

    Owl & Penny: Fever Dreams

    ​Artist: Owl & PennyAlbum: Fever DreamsBasics: Ryan Osterman -- the man behind both Sownbones and Owl & Penny -- is one of the more talented players on the River Jones Music roster.Osterman's folk-tinged indie rock smacks of one of his admitted favorite artists, Ryan Adams.There's also a h ... More >>

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    November 25, 2010
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    September 24, 2010

    Painting by Cris Kirkwood, Signed Calexico and DeVotchKa Guitars, and More in Artists For Action Raffle

    ​Artists for Action, those plucky do-gooders counteracting Evil Mastermind Zach de la Rocha's attempts to make our state silent until SB 1070 is "repealed" (despite the fact that California's "eerily similar" Prop 187 was never repealed -- it just got stopped by a judge, the same way SB 1070 did) ... More >>

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    August 19, 2010


    How Phoenix's Smokus Pocus Accidentally Joined the Sound Strike Boycott

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    August 12, 2010
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    July 29, 2010

    The Most Worthlessly Obscure Bands on The Soundstrike's Arizona Boycott List

    ​Well, Thursday is finally upon us -- however, what could have been an entirely shitty day was made less so by the wonderful foresight of U.S. District Court Judge Susan Bolton and her injunctions on SB 1070. Gov. Brewer's evil army of mercenaries will have to wait until a decision is made on the ... More >>

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    July 27, 2010

    An Open Letter To Conor Oberst: What Will You Do If Nebraska Passes an SB 1070 Clone?

    Charlie Janssen: The man who may make Conor Oberst boycott his own state.​Dear Conor,Open letters about SB 1070 are all the rage right now, so I'm writing you one. I enjoyed the letters you and Arizona promoter Charlie Levy exchanged a few weeks ago and I thought your essay on the topic was though ... More >>

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    July 14, 2010

    July 14 In Blogs: Rage Against the Machine, Casey Moore's, Snakes! Snakes! Snakes!, Steam Crow, and J.D. Hayworth

    ​​​In the 24-hour news cycle, it can be difficult to keep up. We have the solution. Check back on Valley Fever every evening for highlights from each of New Times' blogs. Today's entries:

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    July 14, 2010

    Rage Against the Machine, Conor Oberst To Headline Anti-SB 1070 Concert

    Zack de la Rocha, back when all we had to worry about was ArpaioTrue to its June 29th promise, the Zack de la Rocha-led, anti-SB 1070 musicians' movement Sound Strike has announced a benefit concert for Friday, July 23 at the Hollywood Palladium to benefit organizations fighting SB 1070 on the groun ... More >>

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    July 6, 2010

    The Dan Band, "Total Eclipse of the Heart"

    ​Song: The Dan Band, "Total Eclipse of the Heart"Context: Conor Oberst SB 1070 boycott letter ---> Bright Eyes ---> Bonnie Tyler's "Total Eclipse of the Heart" -----> Hilarious scene from Old School where The Dan Band plays the song. The Dan Band - Total Eclipse of the Heart

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    October 30, 2009

    Arty Girl: Monsters of Folk Mural...No Thanks

    Ok, just a warning: I'm going to be mean in this blog. But I assert that anything I say here does not hold a candle to the suffering I feel everyday on my way to work, when I've had to take in a begrudging eyeful of the Monsters of Folk Tour mural.The Monsters of Folk Mural by Joe Pagac.​Yeah, I ... More >>

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    July 24, 2009

    Incoming: Yo La Tengo, Mars Volta, Monsters of Folk, The Voodoo Organist, Marcy Playground, Sevendust

    We've already hit a lot of the highlights of this week's concert announcements earlier in the week (Yo La Tengo, Mars Volta, Monsters of Folk, The Voodoo Organist) but somehow a big one slipped through the cracks.Yes, Marcy Playground (pictured) is making their long-awaited return to Club Red o ... More >>

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    June 4, 2009
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    April 23, 2009
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    April 19, 2009

    Franz Ferdinand (Eventually) Resurrects The Dead at Marquee

    Martin CizmarSorry folks, this iPhone setlist shot is the best photo we got, as our photographer's credentials were lost.I know it's probably unfair to compare a crowd at the Marquee to a crowd at Coachella -- where the music-obsessed kids even greeted the white reggae band who came o ... More >>

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    April 2, 2009

    Matthew Reveles

    We'll Meet Halfway

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    March 24, 2009

    You Asked For It: Matthew Reveles

    One of the things I love best about Bright Eyes (and yes, I unapologetically love Bright Eyes) is the way the band mingles so many rootsy sounds in songs that end up being totally contemporary. It's for that reason, and not just Matthew Reveles' vulnerable, emotive vocals, that I compare the Tempe s ... More >>

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    December 28, 2008

    Top Ten Americana Albums of 2008

    By Noah W. Bailey Picking the best folk and Americana records of the year isn't nearly as hard as discarding those great records that just didn't feel right stuck in the category. Releases by Calexico and DeVotchKa felt far too worldly to pigeonhole as folk or country, for instance, while Blitzen ... More >>

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    November 2, 2008

    Concert Review: The Faint at Marquee Theatre on Nov. 1

    By Martin Cizmar If you want to judge a concert based on how far back the crowd is dancing – and I think it’s a pretty fair way to do it – it would be hard to top The Faint’s show Saturday. Feet weren’t just moving in the first few rows, or in the main clump in front of t ... More >>

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    September 12, 2008

    Future Shock: Horns up, Metallica is coming

    By Martin Cizmar Some cool new shows announced this week, including Metallica with Austin’s The Sword and former Pantera frontman Phil Anselmo’s band Down, who will bustle the shit out of your hedgerow. Metallica Tuesday, Oct. 21 Metallica released a new album this week (see earlier blog item ... More >>

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    May 22, 2008
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    April 24, 2007

    Bright Spots

    I'm a little bit shocked that my ol' homeboy Conor Oberst and his latest lineup for the ever-evolving Bright Eyes have actually debuted at #4 on the Billboard charts, despite remaining on Omaha's stalwart indie label Saddle Creek. The album, Cassadaga, is a step forward for Conor, Mike Mogis, and cr ... More >>

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    March 29, 2007

    Maria Taylor

    Good, angsty fun

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    October 27, 2005

    Sage Francis

    Not even Gandhi is safe

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    June 9, 2005
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    April 28, 2005

    Damien Jurado

    Low-key does not equal boring

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    April 21, 2005

    The Good Life

    Wry chapters of doomed love

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    February 10, 2005

    Conor's Cult

    Rising star stays true blue

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    August 19, 2004
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    February 19, 2004

    Phoenix Falling

    Want to see a good band? Go to Tucson.

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    April 24, 2003

    Hardest Art

    Tim Kasher of Cursive plays Ugly Organist. The rest is up to the listener.

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    February 28, 2002

    Breakup Songs

    The ironically named The Good Life is a dark detour from Omaha auteur Tim Kasher

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