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Conor Oberst
Pabst Theater
Milwaukee, WI
May 31, 2014
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Story by Andrea Jenels
Photos by Angela Wangrud

Few musicians can truly live up to the title of being 'a jack of all trades' within the realm of music creationism. Fortunately for us, Conor Oberst is one of them. From his humble beginnings recording cassette tapes in his parent's basement in Omaha, Nebraska to being raked in the Top Ten of Time Magazine's Top Ten Albums of 2005, Oberst has proved to be an ever-evolving musician whose musical talents and song writing abilities run thick in his blood.

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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