Conor Oberst

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A writer of mu­sic trea­sured for its spare beauty and coura­geous vul­ner­a­bil­ity, Conor Oberst crafted the songs heard on his lat­est al­bum in a 48-hour burst of cre­ativ­ity that fol­lowed a move from New York City back to his home­town of Omaha in the win­ter of 2015 af­ter doc­tors dis­cov­ered a cyst on his brain. This was about a year af­ter Oberst, long aligned with fem­i­nist causes, strug­gled to un­tan­gle him­self from a made-up rape al­le­ga­tion, even­tu­ally re­canted by his ac­cuser. Recorded with vig­i­lant re­straint on pi­ano, acous­tic gui­tar and har­mon­ica for his 2016 al­bum “Ru­mi­na­tions” were 10 songs that co­a­lesced into a rich, ragged and some­times dark con­fes­sional — Oberst picks at the scabs of celebrity in “It’s a Lit­tle Un­canny” and “You All Loved Him Once,” and con­fronts mor­tal­ity on “Tachy­car­dia” and “Count­ing Sheep,” on which he sings, “Ev­ery­thing ends. Ev­ery­thing has to.” But in March of this year, Oberst re­vealed new lay­ers of emo­tion in these songs with When: Where: Cul­ture Room, 3045 N. Fed­eral High­way, Fort Lauderdale Cost: $30 Con­tact: 954-564-1074, Cul­


the com­pan­ion-piece al­bum “Sa­lu­ta­tions,” which presents the same 10 tracks, plus seven oth­ers, recorded with a full band. While the com­pli­cated in­tro­spec­tion of Oberst’s lone­some ru­mi­na­tions re­mains in­tact, the added tex­ture of ac­cor­dions, or­gans and strings warms them into some­thing more ap­proach­able and hope­ful. Crit­ics have been uni­formly im­pressed, com­par­ing these songs fa­vor­ably to any­thing pro­duced in his 15 years with in­die-folk opens

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