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Conor Oberst, Jonathan Wilson Staff Pick

When: Sun., Sept. 14, 6:30 p.m. 2014
Price: $25-$40
www.redbuttegarden.org/conor-oberst
As a singer-songwriter who's been involved with multiple projects—political punk band Desaparecidos, indie-rock darlings Bright Eyes and more—Conor Oberst is skilled at taking on various guises to fit with the diverse musical landscapes of those bands. Maybe that's why his latest solo album, the folk/roots-rock Upside Down Mountain—released in May—is so refreshing: because it's a glimpse of the true Conor, who's hearkening back to his musical roots. "This is a return to an earlier way I wrote," Oberst says in his online bio. "It's more intimate or personal, if you will." Full of poignant personal musings and observations—like "Pleasure's not the same as happiness" from "Kick"—as well as distinctive Oberst weirdness ("Talked to a girl with Klonopin eyes," from "Governor's Ball"), Upside Down Mountain is a revealing look at a compelling musician. (Kolbie Stonehocker)
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