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Conor Oberst

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Omaha NE, United States (1993 – present)

Conor Oberst is an American born February 15, 1980 in Omaha, Nebraska. He began his recording career in 1993 at the age of 13 and has since produced an enormous amount of material. Conor was deeply influenced early on by singer-songwriters David Dondero and Simon Joyner. His first two albums “Water” and “Here’s to Special Treatment” were both released in 1994. Rolling Stone has referred to him as “’s boy genius. ” His current project is Bright Eyes, and he also served as the frontman to Desaparecidos (a -oriented side project). In August 2008 Conor released his first solo effort, titled Conor Oberst, in over a decade.

At fourteen years of age, Oberst became singer and guitarist of Commander Venus, an band. The former members of Commander Venus, Tim Kasher of Cursive, Robb Nansel (who now runs Saddle Creek), and Todd Fink of The Faint, would later go on to feature in many Saddle Creek recording groups. Conor was also a member of the band Park Ave, which he joined after terminating the difficult relationship he had with Megan Saienni, due to an affair with Maria Pantin.

Oberst was also guitarist and singer for the band Desaparecidos. The music and lyrics of Desaparecidos differ greatly from Bright Eyes, having more in common with punk rock than . The lyrics are generally social and political commentary on the state of affairs in America, the pitfalls of the suburban lifestyle, and America’s love of capitalism as opposed to the more introspective lyrics of Bright Eyes.

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