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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.

By ANNIE ZALESKI  |  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
By BRAD MINTZ  |  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
By TED DROZDOWSKI  |  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."
Merge (2009)
By MIKAEL WOOD  |  May 12, 2009

Make it new!

A refresher course from the indies
A refresher course from the indies
By MICHAEL BRODEUR  |  March 16, 2009

2008 Listravaganza!

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
By BOSTON PHOENIX MUSIC STAFF  |  December 24, 2008


Molten ’core

You might not buy this, but Fitchburg was pretty happening 15 years ago.  
The triumphant return of Shudder To Think
By MICHAEL BRODEUR  |  October 08, 2008

Conor Oberst

It’s just an Omaha boy playing some good old country pop — for once.
Conor Oberst | Merge
By DAVID BOFFA  |  August 26, 2008

Campaign lies

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

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
By DAVID THORPE  |  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
By MATT ASHARE  |  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
By SAM PFEIFLE  |  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
By DAVID BRUSIE  |  October 03, 2007

Shop talk

Will Sheff is a songwriter’s songwriter.
Ryan Walsh interviews Will Sheff about Okkervil River
By RYAN WALSH  |  September 18, 2007

Post-punk pantheon

They were, by definition, misfits.
Daydream Nation  tops our list of 10 landmark albums that made indie rock
By PHOENIX STAFF  |  July 16, 2007

Folk heroics

“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
By MIKAEL WOOD  |  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
By JIM SULLIVAN  |  April 23, 2007

Maria Taylor

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
By MATT ASHARE  |  March 12, 2007

Rockin' out!

Conor Oberst's come a long way from being an introverted solitary performer with an acoustic guitar.
Bright Eyes, Somerville Theatre, February 28, 2007
By MELISSA POCEK  |  March 02, 2007

Brit flops?

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
By MATT ASHARE  |  February 06, 2007

Bright Eyes

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
By SAM MACLAUGHLIN  |  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
By SHARON STEEL  |  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
By MATT ASHARE  |  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
By MIKAEL WOOD  |  November 30, 2006

Soft sells

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
By FRANKLIN BRUNO  |  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
By MIKAEL WOOD  |  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
By BRETT MILANO  |  May 02, 2006

Two Gallants

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
By CHRIS BROOK  |  April 14, 2006

Roots canals

Punk’s courtship of Americana has always been a natural one.
The country excursion of Jenny Lewis, the Elected, and Neko Case
By MATT ASHARE  |  March 14, 2006
Say Anything Is a Real Boy

Say Anything

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
By MIKAEL WOOD  |  January 23, 2006