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Desaparecidos experience rebirth
In 2001, Desaparecidos were just another band formed by Conor Oberst, already a veteran of the Omaha music scene at the tender age of 21.
| February 22, 2013
Photos: Monsters of Folk at Orpheum Theatre
Monsters of Folk's Boston stop on their 2009 world tour
Monsters of Folk, live at the Orpheum Theatre, November 3, 2009
| November 06, 2009
Taking care of business
Boston is one of the healthiest markets for live roots music in the country. Here are the 10 roots shows we don't want to miss this fall.
Digging for gold in the roots and world-music scene
| September 18, 2009
Conor Oberst and the Mystic Valley Band | Outer South
"That's the thing about charisma," sings Conor Oberst in a song on his new, non–Bright Eyes release, Outer South. "It makes everyone believe."
| May 12, 2009
Make it new!
A refresher course from the indies
A refresher course from the indies
| March 16, 2009
We are not at all sick of bands with animal names yet and seem to have a soft spot for Erykah Badu that we kept very hush about all year.
An absolute glut of cruelly reductive Top 10 lists from our dedicated staff of tirelessly enthusiastic writers
BOSTON PHOENIX MUSIC STAFF
| December 24, 2008
You might not buy this, but Fitchburg was pretty happening 15 years ago.
The triumphant return of Shudder To Think
| October 08, 2008
It’s just an Omaha boy playing some good old country pop — for once.
Conor Oberst | Merge
| August 26, 2008
It’s impressive that your editorial in favor of the national popular vote did not even hint at any possible downside.
Letters to the Boston editor, August 1, 2008
BOSTON PHOENIX LETTERS
| July 30, 2008
The week in boners
With his new album expected to hit #1 on the Billboard charts this week, I think (Nasty) Nas is getting a bit swell-headed.
Ross exposed, FCC hosed, hicks opposed
| July 28, 2008
Hot and cold
Bands and artists do have a way of coming and going here in Boston.
A revved-up Bang Camaro and techno Freezepop lead the way
| May 07, 2008
Further + Further
Roy Davis has made a number of good choices since the release of his promising debut disc, Grey Town , in early 2007.
Roy Davis pushes forward with the Dregs
| April 09, 2008
Two Gallants: Saddle Creek
Adam Stephens and Tyson Vogel have long been trying for a sound that’s both earthy and artsy, Bright Eyes folk rock delivered with an aw-shucks squint.
An unhappy marriage of sounds
| October 03, 2007
Will Sheff is a songwriter’s songwriter.
Ryan Walsh interviews Will Sheff about Okkervil River
| September 18, 2007
They were, by definition, misfits.
Daydream Nation tops our list of 10 landmark albums that made indie rock
| July 16, 2007
“Why is he such a big deal right now?” a friend asked with some exasperation earlier this month when I mentioned that I had a phone date with M. Ward. M. Ward, "To Go Home" (mp3)
Or, how M. Ward became such a big deal
| June 19, 2007
The man and the band
Just as Bright Eyes is a vehicle for Conor Oberst, Aqualung is the name under which Matt Hales records.
Aqualung, Paradise Rock Club, April 17, 2007
| April 23, 2007
Singing in harmony with Orenda Fink in the indie-folk duo Azure Ray, Maria Taylor sounded so at home that it seemed a waste when the two pursued solo careers.
Lynn Teeter Flower | Saddle Creek
| March 12, 2007
Conor Oberst's come a long way from being an introverted solitary performer with an acoustic guitar.
Bright Eyes, Somerville Theatre, February 28, 2007
| March 02, 2007
Bloc Party have gotta be one of the more misunderstood — or at least mislabeled — Brit exports of the past couple of years. Lily Allen, "Smile" (mp3)
Bloc Party rise to the occasion, plus Lily Allen on SNL
| February 06, 2007
Too often, B-sides and rarities are B-sides and rarities for a reason. But Bright Eyes’ Conor Oberst is one of those songwriters who’s as musically adventurous as he is prolific.
Noise Floor (Rarities 1998-2001) | Saddle Creek
| January 16, 2007
“I got magic . . . coming out my fingers!”, Adam Baker screeches at the start of “Carry Around.” Annuals, "Brother " (mp3)
Be He Me | Ace Fu
| January 09, 2007
Indie springs forward
For years we waited. And then we started making jokes about it. And then the jokes got old. So we waited some more. Clap Your Hands Say Yeah, "Love Song No. 7" (mp3)
Clap your hands and say Axl
| January 02, 2007
Emo to the core
What’s the latest sign that emo has become a true part of the musical mainstream?
Kevin Devine, Tim Barry, and Stephen Brodsky
| November 30, 2006
Quiet is the new loud, pretty is the new rocking, and acoustic is the new electric. The Mountain Goats, "Woke Up New" (YouTube)
The rise of indie rock’s cult of the singer-songwriter
| September 22, 2006
Tilly and the Wall
The tap dancing conceit makes perfect sense in Tilly’s boisterous, lovedrunk sound, which skirts indie-folk tedium through sheer energy.
Bottoms of Barrels | Team Love
| June 06, 2006
Sex, clubs and rock ’n’ roll
The first thing you’d have noticed about the Dresden Dolls’ CD-release show at the Orpheum April 21 was how different it felt to be seated in a theater while the duo played.
The Dresden Dolls shift into harder-rockin’ mode
| May 02, 2006
It’s not difficult to figure out how Two Gallants, a band who borrow their name from the title of a James Joyce short story, wound up on Conor Oberst’s indie powerhouse Saddle Creek.
What The Toll Tells | Saddle Creek
| April 14, 2006
Punk’s courtship of Americana has always been a natural one.
The country excursion of Jenny Lewis, the Elected, and Neko Case
| March 14, 2006
This LA-based emo-rock outfit are the brainchild of young Max Bemis, an overachieving singer-songwriter who’s as unnerved by scene politics as he is by romantic tribulations.
. . . IS A REAL BOY | Doghouse
| January 23, 2006
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