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Friday Cheers Preview: Conor Oberst with Big Thief

Conor Oberst has been recording music since he was 14 years old and has fronted more critically acclaimed bands than you can count on one hand. He’s also been called the Bob Dylan of his generation.

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Personally, this contributor could write a Ph.D. dissertation on the headlining artist for week five, but he’ll spare you the pages of adoration.

Up first are Big Thief, a folk-rock outfit whose debut album, “Masterpiece” garnered loads of critical praise in 2016. Fronted by the wispy-voiced Adrienne Lenker, the band tosses aside a lot of the tropes that have come to define the genre; opting for roaring guitars over the banjos and mandolins that proliferate the radio hits of their peers. Listen to the title track off of “Masterpiece” below:

Conor Oberst has been recording music since he was 14 years old and has fronted more critically acclaimed bands than you can count on one hand. His predominate outlet for the last two decades has been the genre-hopping collective known as Bright Eyes. He’s been called the Bob Dylan of his generation (that was back in 2005) and his music and lyrics have only continued to mature. He’s now touring on the back of his 2016 solo record, “Ruminations” and his 2017 record, “Salutations.” The latter contains full-band versions of the stripped-down tracks from “Ruminations” as well as original material. Members of another popular folk band, The Felice Brothers, will accompany him as he graces the stage for the first time in Richmond since 2011. Raise your glass and listen to the full-band version of his new track, “Till St. Dymphna Kicks Us Out:”

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Scott Castro is a local politico, writer, and unabashed supporter of the Richmond music scene. You've probably seen his signature white hair near the front row of the last local concert you attended. If you ever want to talk at length about the finer points of Conor Oberst: he's you man. Follow him on Twitter at @ScottCastro.