Photo by Julia Brokaw


Conor Oberst

Sept. 7
8 p.m.
Alternative, Americana, Folk, Rock, Singer-Songwriter

Conor Oberst’s fans and detractors should all be able to agree that the Omaha native long ago established his own idiosyncratic style, singing consistently in a vulnerable quaver, with painfully honest lyrics that tend to be the focal point regardless of whatever instrumentation backs him. Oberst first emerged with Bright Eyes, essentially a solo act, and over the years he’s also started and rebooted other projects—his band Desaparecidos, for example, returned in 2015 after a 13-year hiatus with an excellent album of political punk, Payola. More recently, Oberst, 37, has been releasing material under his own name. He followed up last year’s vaguely Blood on the Tracks-style Ruminations with a companion album, Salutations, that featured full-band arrangements of Ruminations’ songs, plus seven new tunes. Material from those two albums fills out much of Oberst’s set lists these days, though he also makes room for a handful of Bright Eyes numbers. Phoebe Bridgers opens.