Oberst shouts out Miwi La Lupa, Simon Joyner, O’Leaver’s to 373,000 during webcast
A modest publicity tour is in effect for Conor Oberst ahead of his forthcoming solo album. The singer/songwriter appeared live via New York Times’ Facebook channel Wednesday, performing two new tracks and answering questions from fans.
A few of the online submissions provided Oberst the opportunity to shout out fellow Nebraska artists Miwi La Lupa and Simon Joyner, as well as his “favorite place to play” in O’Leaver’s. More than 91,000 watched as he tabbed La Lupa — his current bandmate and accompaniment for the performance — as a current muse and listed Joyner as a formative influence. [Update: the latest view count totals more than 373,000].
Of O’Leaver’s, he said, “It’s one my favorite places to play. It’s kind of a dive bar but it has a special place in my heart.”
The interview followed performances of “Gossamer Thin” and “‘Till St Dymphna Kicks Us Out” — both of which appear on Ruminations — and preceded Bright Eyes fan-favorite “At The Bottom Of Everything.” Oberst poked a little fun during questioning, comparing himself to John Mayer, giving advice to aspiring songwriters and imploring the audience to eat their vegetables.
Watch the live performance and interview here.
Ruminations comes out Friday, Oct 14 on Nonesuch Records. Check back tomorrow afternoon for our On The Record podcast review.
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KZUM announces Soup & Songs return
KZUM looks to warm the ears and the soul again this winter.
Soup & Songs is back, the nonprofit community radio station announced yesterday. The monthly indoor concert series — which runs October through March — features local musicians playing intimate shows inside Near South Lincoln’s historic Ferguson House with soup and refreshments from Open Harvest Co-op Grocery, Goldenrod Pastries, Sweet Minou and Meadowlark Coffee and Espresso.
KZUM Development Director Shannon Claire says bringing the series back was an obvious choice given its popularity; it sold out four of six shows last year. Claire also says the series’ cozy setting helps break down the barrier between artist and performer.
“It allows [artists] to connect with their audience in a way they aren’t used to, providing more of a storyteller environment,” Claire says.
The series kicks off Sunday, Oct 23 with Mary Lawson and Myles Jasnowksi of Mesonjixx. Scheduled performers include Root Marm Chicken Farm Jug Band, Josh Hoyer & Gerardo Meza, Edem Soul Music, Jackie Allen and Evan Bartels.
New this year, KZUM is offering advance tickets to each show, available in person at the station or online at KZUM.org. With limited seating at Ferguson House, they are restricted to the first 45 attendees. Tickets are $15 and include admission, soup and other refreshments. All proceeds benefit KZUM.
View the full schedule below, and find more details here.
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Photo coverage of Touché Amoré with Tiny Moving Parts, Culture Abuse at The Waiting Room
HN multimedia intern Lauren Farris went to The Waiting Room last night, where Los Angeles post-hardcore band Touché Amoré stopped on tour in support of its latest album Stage Four, out now on Epitaph Records. Tiny Moving Parts and Culture Abuse opened the show. See Farris’ photos below:
Tiny Moving Parts
Photos by Lauren Farris
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Tonight, Jessica Hernandez & the Deltas return to Zoo Bar, 136 N 14th St, bringing its potent mix of surf pop, rockabilly, gypsy punk and jazz. The Detroit native band hit its stride in 2014, releasing its lone studio album Secret Evil and performing single “Sorry I Stole Your Man” on The Late Show with David Letterman. New England pop/rock band Tancred and local funk outfit A Ferocious Jungle Cat open the show. Tancred just released the video for its single “Pens” from its latest album Out Of The Garden (watch here). $15, 18-plus, doors at 9 p.m. RSVP here.
Find more shows at our statewide calendar here, and let us know what we missed in the comments, or by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org.