1. Conor Oberst's Managers Nate Krenkel and Gabriel Gonzalez Form NAG Mgmt: Exclusive

    January 24, 2017 10:00 AM EST The duo will also rep Bright Eyes, Desaparacidos and the Mystic Valley Band. Conor Oberst 's longtime managers Nate Krenkel and Gabriel Gonzalez have formed NAG Management, a new company based in the Hudson Valley town of New Paltz, NY.   The new concern will also represent Oberst's…

  2. Conor Oberst Announces New Album 'Salutations'

    January 18, 2017 4:03 PM EST Conor Oberst will be releasing a new album -- Salutations -- on March 17, a companion to his 2016 solo release Ruminations . Salutations will include seven new songs and reworked renderings of Ruminations ' 10 tracks. Created with help from The Felice Brothers and drummer Jim Keltner ,…

  3. Frankie Ballard's Smokin' 'Cigarette' Owes Sexy Vibe to Three Fellow Artists

    September 02, 2016 1:00 PM EDT Kip Moore, Chris Stapleton, The Cadillac Three's Jaren Johnston are behind the track. It opens with a brash electric guitar, carving out the offbeats with a massive echo. Frankie Ballard ’s “Cigarette” has a bold, in-your-face tone made by just a handful of musicians, and it provides a…

  4. Embattled Pop-Punk Artist Jake McElfresh on Underage Sexting Allegations: 'I'm Not a Pedophile, I'm Not a Rapist'

    July 30, 2015 10:57 AM EDT When Jake McElfresh, the emo singer - songwriter known as Front Porch Step , took the Vans Warped Tour’s acoustic basement stage on July 1 for an unannounced performance , hecklers greeted him. “Go rape some little girls!” someone shouted in the Fairgrounds Nashville audience. “F--- you,…

  5. Conor Oberst on His Politically Minded Punk Group Desaparecidos: 'There's Something Good About Being Able to Get Angry'

    June 30, 2015 4:55 PM EDT Don't like music mixed with politics? "Then don't listen to our band," says Conor Oberst , speaking not about Bright Eyes -- his renowned, long-running indie-folk project -- but Desaparecidos, the Nebraska punk group the 35-year-old formed in 2001. After splitting in 2002,…

  6. Conor Oberst: The Ex Boy Wonder of Indie Rock Moves to a Major Label

    April 28, 2014 6:23 PM EDT At 34, Conor Oberst would still prefer to never grow up. But a major label is okay Conor Oberst lives with ghosts. They lurk in the jukebox at the bar near his East Village apartment, and howl on the radio at home in Omaha, Neb. At just 34, the shape-shifting singer-songwriter has been…

  7. Conor Oberst Shares New Song, Announces Tour

    February 11, 2014 8:58 PM EST "Upside Down Mountain" is out May 20 It's been nearly three years since Conor Oberst last released a record. The Omaha singer-songwriter dropped Bright Eyes' "The People's Key" in February 2011, following releases from Monsters of Folk and the Mystic Valley…

  8. Bright Eyes Giving Christmas Record Wide Release

    October 29, 2013 7:47 PM EDT Bright Eyes is back, though it's with an album recorded over a decade ago. "A Christmas Album," a holiday record Conor Oberst recorded and released on a limited basis through Saddle Creek Records' website in 2002, is getting a wide release Nov. 5, in time for the…

  9. Tilly & The Wall Lighten the 'Heavy Mood' on First Album in Four Years

    October 04, 2012 7:26 PM EDT "Heavy Mood" is an all-encompassing title for the four-year period since Tilly & The Wall 's last album, "O." After the Omaha indie-poppers experience their biggest success to date from 2008 to 2009 -- playing record crowds with a headlining tour, scoring major…

  10. Deer Tick Bringing Jackson Browne & More to Newport Afterparties

    July 20, 2012 9:30 AM EDT For the second year in a row, Deer Tick will curate a weekend of intimate afterparties for the Newport Folk Festival. The three-night charity event will be held at the 300-capacity Newport Blues Cafe, with all proceeds benefiting the Multiple Myeloma Research Foundation and the Newport…

  11. M. Ward Talks New Album, Promises More Monsters of Folk Material

    March 08, 2012 1:45 PM EST The deep-voiced M. Ward , known to many as the "him" in She & Him , speaks barely above a whisper. "I'm definitely more of an introvert than an extrovert, and I'm happy to say so," the Portland folk-rocker admits. It's no wonder that "living the…

  12. Austin City Limits 2011: 14 Things Seen & Heard Friday

    September 17, 2011 2:16 PM EDT "Keep Austin Weird" has become something of an official tagline for Texas' capital city -- a notion that even Kanye and Coldplay tried to abide by on Friday (Sept. 16). Did the first day of the tenth annual Austin City Limits festival live up to expectations? Read onward for 14…

  13. Lollapalooza 2011: 15 Things Seen & Heard Friday

    August 06, 2011 12:00 PM EDT "Welcome weirdos!" was Lollapalooza founder Perry Farrell 's message at the 10AM press conference that kicked off the 20th anniversary of the festival yesterday morning (Aug. 5) in Chicago's Grant Park. "In 1991, I expected about 10,000 weirdos," the dapper…

  14. Gillian Welch Returns with 'The Harrow and the Harvest'

    June 27, 2011 12:50 PM EDT Ten years ago, Mumford & Sons didn't exist. Neither did the Felice Brothers , or the Civil Wars , or Fleet Foxes . But the foundation of the roots music revival currently flourishing with those bands was laid when the soundtrack to "O Brother, Where Art Thou?" became the…

  15. Conor Oberst: New Bright Eyes Album Will Be 'Rocking'

    December 16, 2010 3:45 PM EST Three years and a new decade have brought a new sound from Bright Eyes for the group's new album, "The People's Key." "I wanted to make a record that was modern-sounding and steer clear of some of my tendencies, melodically," group founder Conor Oberst tells…

  16. Billboard Bits: Pink Talks Baby Names, Bon Jovi Going on Hiatus

    November 30, 2010 5:43 PM EST Billboard Bits serves up the best bite-sized nuggets of music news and gossip. Pink Reveals Top Choice for Baby Name When Pink announced on " Ellen " Nov. 17 that she was expecting a child, it didn't take long for the name game to begin. Although Pink told Ellen that her doctor…

  17. Rage Against the Machine to Plug Arizona Boycott

    July 21, 2010 6:34 AM EDT Rage Against the Machine will push for artists and musicians to boycott Arizona because of its new and restrictive immigration law . The politically outspoken rap-rock band's lead singer, Zach de la Rocha, plans to announce Wednesday (July 21) that proceeds from a concert in Los Angeles…

  18. Conor Oberst Pens Open Letter To Arizona Promoter Charlie Levy

    July 02, 2010 12:53 PM EDT Bright Eyes' mainman Conor Oberst has been an outspoken advocate for Zack de la Rocha's Sound Strike effort , joining fellow musicians and artists in a campaign to compel the state of Arizona to repeal its controversial immigration law. Ry Cooder, Nine Inch Nails, and comedian Chris…

  19. Zack de la Rocha Ups the Rage Against Arizona Immigration Law

    June 28, 2010 2:30 PM EDT R age Against the Machine frontman Zack de la Rocha is stepping up his campaign to compel the state of Arizona to repeal its controversial immigration law. In addition to adding Ry Cooder , Nine Inch Nails , and comedian Chris Rock to the growing list of artists who are refusing to perform…

  20. The Roots Enlist John Legend and Jim James, Sample Joanna Newsom For New Album

    April 22, 2010 5:37 PM EDT The Roots have enlisted John Legend and My Morning Jacket main man Jim James to appear on "How I Got Over," the hip hop band's oft-delayed next album, Billboard sources have confirmed. In addition, the band is working on a track that samples Joanna Newsom's "Book of…

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