With a parched voice and in good spirits, Conor Oberst appeared on NPR’s Tiny Desk series earlier this summer. The video dropped yesterday and finds Oberst playing four songs from his new album, Upside Down Mountain, including “Time Forgot,” “Double Life,” “Zigzagging Toward The Light” and “Artifact #1.” He’s accompanied by the Goldsmith brothers from Dawes (Oberst’s backing band on his most recent tour.) Be sure to hang around for the end when Oberst presents NPR’s Bob Boilen with a token of his appreciation.
For more on Oberst’s Upside Down Mountain, listen to our review of the record here. And read coverage of Oberst’s recent Omaha tour stop here.
Orenda Fink premiered the second song from her forthcoming Saddle Creek album Blue Dream, set to be released August 19. “You Can Be Loved,” premiering via Entertainment Weekly, comes out on the heels of the first single, “Ace of Cups.” Both are harmonic and slightly ambient, but “You Can Be Loved” hinges more on tuneful, sleepy guitar.
Nebraska Folk & Roots Festival, a first-time festival to be held July 18 and 19 in Lincoln Railyard, has announced its full lineup of national and local artists. It was previously announced that the Austin folk-pop band Wild Child would headline, but you can find the full billing on their new poster. It now notably includes Indiana-based folk-punk artist Austin Lucas. Hear Nebraska is a media sponsor of the Nebraska Folk & Roots Festival.
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