You may know Conor Oberst as the lead singer of the insanely popular emo folk band, Bright Eyes, or from his solo work, or perhaps from one of the other several bands he’s played in and performed with. The multitalented songbird was also named Best Songwriter of 2008 by Rolling Stone, but, yeah, you probably already knew that.
Next month, Oberst will be releasing a new solo album called Ruminations which is set to hit shelves on October 14. On the day of its release, the “You Are Your Mother’s Child” singer will be performing the entire new record live at New York City's Housing Works Bookstore Cafe (Enter for a chance to go to the performance IRL here!). Don't worry though, you can listen in thanks to NPR Music's First Listen series and on NPR's Facebook page if you can't make it to the live show.
If you’re feeling impatient, you’ll also be able to stream the entire album this Friday—just enough time to memorize all of the lyrics so you can sing along to the livestream.
After calling New York home for 10 years, Oberst holed up in his original hometown of Omaha, Nebraska during the winter of this year, where Ruminations was born. With the help of engineer, Ben Brodin, the entire album was recorded within 48 hours at ARC, Oberst's studio built with Bright Eyes bandmate Mike Mogis.
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