American songwriting great (that's right, he is) Conor Oberst served up a feisty career sampler on September 7 at St. Paul's Palace Theatre. The brain behind Bright Eyes delivered deep cuts ("Well Whiskey," "Something Vague") as well as fan-favorites ("Lua," "Four Winds") from every phase of his career, all with surplus intensity and verve. Clocking in at two hours, the mostly hard-rocking, occasionally acoustic set was split evenly between old Bright Eyes material and solo songs, including plenty of selections from March's Salutations. Oberst, 37, provided monologues concerning the "fucking orange rat" in the White House, but he also charmingly cracked wise throughout the night. Rising L.A. folkie Phoebe Bridgers opened. All photos by Lucy Hawthorne.
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