AAA’s Hottest Record of the Week: Dylan Thomas by Better Oblivion Community Center

AAA’s Hottest Record of the Week: Dylan Thomas by Better Oblivion Community Center

Better Oblivion Community Center have shared the surreal music video for debut single Dylan Thomas – and it’s our Hottest Record Of The Week. Last week saw Phoebe Bridgers and Conor Oberst release their surprise collaboration album under the Better Oblivion Community Center moniker, and the pair have also just announced a UK and world tour. You can check out the tour dates below, as well as the video for Dylan Thomas, directed by Japanese…

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Conor Oberst and Phoebe Bridgers release surprise collaborative album

Conor Oberst and Phoebe Bridgers release surprise collaborative album

Bright Eyes mainman Conor Oberst and Californian folk-rock singer Phoebe Bridgers have released a surprise collaborative album under the name Better Oblivion Community Centre. Speaking to NME about the album, Bridgers said: “I really wanted to, because even before we started this I had a really good idea of what our hypothetical band would sound like. “I don’t think it does like sound that, so I wanted to make sure that people didn’t think it…

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AAA’s Hottest Record of the Week: Fireworks by First Aid Kit

AAA’s Hottest Record of the Week: Fireworks by First Aid Kit

Swedish sister duo First Aid Kit first came to our attention when their cover of Fleet Foxes’ Tiger Mountain Peasant Song became a YouTube sensation in 2008. AAA then caught them live supporting Conor Oberst on a couple of his European dates and were blown away by just how good they are. Not only are the girls easy on the eye, but their exquisite brand of indie-country is easy on the ear, with sibling harmony…

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Jenni Fagan’s AAA Edinburgh

Jenni Fagan’s AAA Edinburgh

Jenni Fagan was born in Livingston, and lives in Portobello – a seaside town in Edinburgh. She has twice been nominated for the Pushcart Prize and was shortlisted for the Dundee International Book Prize, the Desmond Elliott Prize and the James Tait Black Prize. Jenni was selected as one of the Granta’s Best Young British Novelists in 2013 after the publication of her astonishing debut novel, The Panopticon. Her most recent novel, 2016’s The Sunlight…

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Ian Felice talks debut album ahead of Edinburgh gig

Ian Felice talks debut album ahead of Edinburgh gig

Ian Felice, lead singer of Conor Oberst’s recent touring band The Felice Brothers, brings his excellent solo debut album to Edinburgh’s Voodoo Rooms in November as part of a wider UK tour. Breaking from the Felice Brothers to release music under his own name for the first time, In The Kingdom Of Dreams sees Felice reflecting on chapters of his life, but not in a specifically literal or logical sequence. “The result is a pretty…

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Review: Conor Oberst, O2 ABC

Review: Conor Oberst, O2 ABC

It was a quick return to Scotland for Conor Oberst on Tuesday night – and for that we were grateful. Indeed, six months on from his five-star showing at Edinburgh’s Queen’s Hall, the insanely-talented Nebraskan rocked up at Glasgow’s O2 ABC – this time with a six-piece band in tow – to tear through tracks from both his beloved band Bright Eyes and his many impressive solo albums. As was to be expected, last year’s…

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Conor Oberst opens up about brother’s death and false rape allegations

Conor Oberst opens up about brother’s death and false rape allegations

Ahead of this month’s visit to Scotland, indie-folk star Conor Oberst has talked about the death of his brother and the personal impact of being falsely accused of rape. The prolific Nebraskan, who fronts Bright Eyes, Desaparecidos and Monsters Of Folk, as well as enjoying a hugely successful solo career, was accused of sexual assault by an anonymous online commenter in 2014. After a long period in which Oberst vehemently denied the allegations, the accuser recanted her…

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Review: Conor Oberst, Queen’s Hall

Review: Conor Oberst, Queen’s Hall

Dark times, they say, have the power to bring out the poets. With a dangerous, delusional lunatic freshly sworn in as the President of the United States, some might say that we are most certainly living in dark times right now. Enter, house left, Conor Oberst. On Friday night, at the Queen’s Hall, the mercurial singer-songwriter took a moment during his intimate-feeling, stripped-down gig to apologise – yes apologise – for his country. “I’m so sorry for…

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Conor Oberst announces new album Salutations – listen to reworked version of A Little Uncanny

Conor Oberst announces new album Salutations – listen to reworked version of A Little Uncanny

Just weeks before his eagerly-awaited visit to Edinburgh, Bright Eyes singer Conor Oberst has announced the release of a new album – five months after his last solo offering. The prolific Nebraskan, whose last record was 2016’s Ruminations, will return with a companion piece titled Salutations. The record will feature guest contributions from a host of artists, including Jim James, Blake Mills, Maria Taylor, M Ward, Gillian Welch, Gus Seyffert, Pearl Charles, Nathaniel Walcott, and Jonathan…

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AAA’s Hottest Record Of The Week – Tachycardia by Conor Oberst

AAA’s Hottest Record Of The Week – Tachycardia by Conor Oberst

Truth told, we could have picked any one of the ten songs on Conor Oberst’s just-dropped new solo album, Ruminations, and made it our hottest record of the week. It was a tough call, but we’ve gone for the album’s opening track, Tachycardia. You can listen to it below. Tachycardia, of course, refers to an abnormally fast heart rate, and Oberst was hospitalised with precisely that last year. A CT scan was followed by a MRI, which led to…

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