The emo kid’s guide to Hardly Strictly Bluegrass

The first time I went to Hardly Strictly Bluegrass was 2010. This was the first time I saw Conor Oberst live. I had been a fan for 5 years, but I was barely 18 and barely going to shows on a monthly basis. My friends were more consumed by the fact that Kirsten Dunst could be seen backstage from where we were standing, while I was consumed by the fact that I was quickly becoming obsessed. Since then, I have seen Conor Oberst (in all his projects, except Monsters of Folk) 13 times, (which can either be the most impressive [...]

Editors' Picks: Holiday Edition

Nicole: My number one Christmas classic is the tale of unrequited love and wintry blues: "Blue Christmas," penned in 1948 by Billy Hayes and Jay W. Johnson, but made famous by the King in 1957. Over the years, many have done the melodramatic country ballad justice (The Beach Boys), and a few have provided renditions that I could do without (read: Kelly Clarkson or Michael Bublé). I've provided two of my favorite versions: one being a television performance of Elvis with Martina McBride — the duet could be seamlessly imitated by an country/indie pair like Conor Oberst and Jenny Lewis. [...]

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