What a thrilling ride it’s been to watch Conor Oberst (above, performing “Tachycardia” at the Sydney Opera House) grow up. Beginning his insanely prolific singer-songwriter career, as Bright Eyes, at the ripe age of 13, Oberst’s releases have tested the limits of multiple genres (check out his politically charged punk band Desaparecidos if you need proof) all while strengthening his skills as one of the best lyricists of the past 20 years. And while it might be lazy to throw out the Dylan comparisons, hey, they both grew up in the Midwest. There must be something in the water? Oberst has put out records in the past under his own name accompanied by the Mystic Valley Band, but his 2008 eponymous album (stream it below) was truly his first solo venture. Last year’s Ruminations (stream it below) went further down that path as he stripped down his songs to their ribcages with only Oberst playing guitar, piano and the occasional harmonica. He later released a full-band companion version of that album titled Salutations with Catskill Mountains’ favorite sons the Felice Brothers acting as his backing band. Oberst and the Felice Brothers will bring songs from his entire career to the Prospect Park Bandshell on Thursday for an electrifying night of music. Philly rock royalty Hop Along and Brooklyn’s own Big Thief will open. Show up early so you don’t miss these two great bands for what will be one of the most stacked bills of the summer. —Pat King | @MrPatKing
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Tim Kinsella (vocals), Mike Kinsella (drums), Victor Villareal (guitar) and Sam Zurick (bass) had been making music together in a variety of bands—including emo pioneers Cap’n Jazz—since high school in Chicago when they decided to give it a go officially as Owls. The quartet put out an angular, exploratory self-titled album (stream it below) produced by Steve Albini in 2001. AllMusic said, “Owls may not take over music based on this disc, but it is still a fine achievement and many of the collaborators’ best work in years.” But a year later, the band broke up and the members went their separate ways. And that’s where this story would have ended if they hadn’t reunited in 2012. After a considerable amount of time spent writing and recording, Owls released their second full-length, the aptly titled Two (stream it below) this past March. Again, AllMusic weighs in: “Though they took over a decade to follow up their first album, Two still sounds like a band a decade ahead of its time.” See them tomorrow night at The Bowery Ballroom. Hop Along and Glocca Morra open the show.
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