Conor Oberst announces new album, U.S. tour with Dawes, premieres “Hundreds Of Ways”

February 11, 2014
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Conor Oberst (of Bright Eyes, Desaparecidos, Monsters Of Folk) has announced a new solo album, Upside Down Mountain, which will arrive May 20 via Nonesuch Records. Additionally, the singer has premiered a new single, “Hundreds Of Ways,” and has announced a U.S. tour with Dawes, who will open as well as act as Oberst's backing band.

“Hundreds Of Ways” is set to be released ahead of Upside Down Mountain as a limited-edition Record Store Day exclusive 7-inch single April 19, featuring album outtake “Fast Friends” as its b-side.

Upside Down Mountain, which was recorded in Nashville, Tenn. and produced by Jonathan Wilson, will include guest vocals from Swedish folk duo First Aid Kit. It marks Oberst's first full-length release under his own name (and without “The Mystic Valley Band” moniker) since his 2008 self-titled album.

Below, take and listen to “Hundreds Of Ways:”

And here's a full list of upcoming tour dates, the first leg of a planned world tour:

May 8 – Haw River Ballroom – Saxapahaw, NC
May 9 – The Orange Peel – Asheville, NC
May10 – Shaky Knees Festival – Atlanta, GA
May 11 – Charleston Music Hall – Charleston, SC
May 13 – Ponte Vedra Concert Hall – Ponte Vedra, FL
May 14 – The Beacham – Orlando, FL
May 16 – The Hangout Festival – Gulf Shores, AL
May 17 – Track 29 – Chattanooga, TN
May 22 – The Space at Westbury – Westbury, NY
May 23 – 9:30 Club – Washington, DC
May 24 – 9:30 Club – Washington, DC
May 25 – Carnegie Library Music Hall of Homestead – Munhall, PA
May 27 – Taft Theatre – Cincinnati, OH
May 29 – Metro – Chicago, IL
May 30 – Metro – Chicago, IL
May 31 – Pabst Theater – Milwaukee, WI
June 1 – First Avenue – Minneapolis, MN
June 2 – First Avenue – Minneapolis, MN
June 4 – Sokol Auditorium – Omaha, NE
June 5 – The Blue Note – Columbia, MO
June 6 – Ryman Auditorium – Nashville, TN
June 7 – Buster's – Lexington, KY
July 29 – Central Park SummerStage at Rumsey Playfield – New York, NY

Tickets for most performances are slated to go on sale this Friday, Feb. 14, with pre-sales taking place Wednesday and Thursday.

Written by Philip Obenschain

APTV Nashville Correspondent Born and raised on a steady diet of punk rock and DIY culture in Staunton, Virginia, and now residing in Nashville, Tennessee, Philip Obenschain has spent time as a touring artist, artist manager, and show promoter, and is currently involved in television production and music tech, outside of journalism. In addition to his work at Alt Press and APTV, Philip is the assistant editor at No Country For New Nashville.