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For the People: Bush-Era Protest Songs and the Promise of Web 2.0

Remember when Bright Eyes' "When the President Talks to God" and TV on the Radio's "Dry Drunk Emperor" protested George W. Bush? And when the Internet was full of promise for the best of humankind?

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Conor Oberst: Upside Down Mountain

Conor Oberst steers clear from social prognosis or overbearing attempts at change, focusing more on what broke him into the mainstream’s eye in the first place.

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Conor Oberst - "Hundreds of Ways" (stream)

Bright Eyes frontman releases a freewheeling, genre-jumping single from his forthcoming solo album.

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Desaparecidos + Little Brazil: 9 August 2012 - Minneapolis, MN

Desaparecidos, Conor Oberst's post-hardcore band, officially reunited and kicked off their tour in fiery fashion.

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M. Ward: A Wasteland Companion

Three years since his last solo album, the prolific, melodic M. Ward goes out on his own again (with only some minor supporting appearances from Zooey Deschanel).

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First Aid Kit: The Lion's Roar

At its best, The Lion’s Roar is a staggering beautiful recreation of the sounds of Americana long gone, with a few added sprinkles and melodramatic twists that contribute extra dimension and weight to the material.

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Bright Eyes: The People's Key

On The People's Key, Conor Oberst bids farewell to an adolescence marked by histrionics and artistic restlessness. Even enfants terribles have to grow up sometime.

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Conor Oberst and the Mystic Valley Band: Outer South

Conor Oberst's post-Bright Eyes growing pains continue with an overstuffed, half-baked album that feels more like a compilation.

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Various Artists:Dark Was the Night

In its 20th year and in the hands of the National's Dessner Brothers, Red Hot delivers another compilation

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Conor Oberst and the Mystic Valley Band

Like it or not, the efforts of this band will always be judged via Conor Oberst’s Bright Eyes output.

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Conor Oberst: Conor Oberst

For the first time in his career, the usually self-serious Oberst sounds loose, relaxed and even playful. Ironically enough, he's starting to sound like a songwriter worth taking even more seriously.

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High-Minded Bullshit

Philosophy itself is often regarded as part and parcel with the bullshit of popular culture. But it is philosophers who been trying to determine exactly what bullshit is and how it works its magic.

George Reisch and Gary L. Hardcastle
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