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Story by Andrea Jenels
Conor Oberst once again graced the stage at the ornate Pabst Theater in Milwaukee, WI Saturday night. LA-based Indie-Folk rockers Dawes, served as both the opening act and Oberst's backup band for the evening.
From the moment Oberst took the stage it was apparent he is not the type of musician who just goes through the movements of each song to simply get through it; but rather lives each and every song whole-heartedly.
Oberst (with Dawes backing), mostly played songs from his recently released solo album, Upside Down Mountain. but also revisited older tunes from his earlier days in Bright Eyes. This made for interesting moments enshrined by a now older and seemingly less angst-ridden Conor. However his intense stage presence still resonated strong within his performance, and the newer classically-composed folk music served as a curious backdrop to his spasmodic but sincere voice. Oberst's performance delivered an overall passionate telling of his poem-like lyrics set to good old fashioned Americana.
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