Conor Oberst

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Conor Oberst is an American singer-songwriter born February 15, 1980 in Omaha, Nebraska.

He began his recording career in 1993 at the age of 13 & has since produced an enormous amount of material.

Rolling Stone has referred to him as "a genius."

His current project is Bright Eyes. He also serves as the frontman to Desaparecidos, a punk-oriented side project), his only non-Bright Eyes project still in print.

At fourteen years of age, Oberst became singer and guitarist of Commander Venus
, an indie rock band. The former members of Commander Venus, Tim Kasher of Cursive, Robb Nansel, who now runsSaddle Creek, & 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 is also guitarist and singer for the band Desaparecidos
. The music & lyrics of Desaparecidos differ greatly from Bright Eyes, having more in common with punk rock than folk.
The lyrics're generally social & political commentary on the state of affairs in USA, the pitfalls of the suburban lifestyle, & America's love of capitalism as opposed to the more introspective lyrics of Bright Eyes.

Oberst's one of the founding members of the independent
record label Saddle Creek Records, which hosts and has hosted bands including Cursive, Desaparecidos, The Faint, Rilo Kiley, who left to start their own label Brute/Beaute Records, Bright Eyes, among others.

Oberst was involved in a boycott of Clear Channel Communications. His broadcast television performances include a spot on The Tonight Show with Jay Leno in March 2005, which sparked controversy with his performance of the incendiary "When
the President Talks to God", The Late Show with David Letterman, on which he performed "The Trees Get Wheeled Away", and his guitar-smashing performance of "Road to Joy" on The Late Late Show with Craig Ferguson.

Oberst was a member of the Vote for Change tour in 2004 with Bruce springsteen & R.E.M.
He has started his own label, Team Love, which is currently hosting bands such as Tilly & the Wall, M. Ward, and other.

Bands:
Commander Venus from 1995-97
the magnetas in 1996
Park Ave from 1996-98
Desaparecidos from 2001-2
Bright Eyes since 1995

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