New Release & Tour: Better Oblivion Community Center – Better Oblivion Community Center

Photo Credit: Nik Freitas

The rumours percolating since summer on fansites, Reddit boards and Twitter were recently confirmed, as an album entitled Better Oblivion Community Center by Better Oblivion Community Center appeared

The new band, formed by Phoebe Bridgers and Conor Oberst, kept their plans under wraps for months as they wrote and recorded in Los Angeles in the summer and autumn of 2018. By the tail end of the year, rumours were swirling and a mysterious phone number appeared on social media platforms. Fans of both artists began receiving enigmatic brochures in the mail and a bus stop advertising the Better Oblivion Community Center appeared in their hometown of LA. The album – released by Dead Oceans – appeared, without warning, on DSPs and within the hour the band performed Dylan Thomas on The Late Show With Stephen Colbert….

Co-produced by Bridgers, Oberst and longtime Oberst/Bright Eyes collaborator Andy LeMaster, Better Oblivion Community Center features the work of several talented friends: Yeah Yeah Yeahs’ guitarist Nick Zinner appears on two tracks, while Carla Azar (Autolux, Jack White) plays drums on half of the album. Dawes’ rhythm section Wylie Gelber and Griffin Goldsmith appear on the other half. Songwriter Christian Lee Hutson contributes guitar, Anna Butterss provides bass and the record was mixed by John Congleton

A tour has also been announced, which includes the following dates…

March 8th – Tucson, AZ @ Rialto Theatre
March 9th – Las Vegas, NV @ Bunk Bar
March 10th – San Diego, CA @ Music Box
March 11th – San Luis Obispo, CA @ Fremont Theater
March 13th – Los Angeles, CA @ Teragram Ballroom
March 15th – San Francisco, CA @ August Hall
March 19th – Salt Lake City, UT @ Metro Bar
March 20th – Denver, CO @ Bluebird Theater
March 21st – Omaha, NE @ Slowdown
March 22nd – Minneapolis, MN @ Fine Line
March 23rd – Chicago, IL @ Lincoln Hall
March 25th – Cleveland, OH @ Beachland Ballroom
March 26th – Pittsburgh, PA @ Mr. Smalls Theatre
March 28th – Boston, MA @ The Sinclair
March 29th – New York, NY @ Bowery Ballroom
March 30th – Brooklyn, NY @ Music Hall of Williamsburg
March 31 – Providence, RI @ Columbus Theatre
April 2nd – Philadelphia, PA @ Union Transfer
April 3rd – Washington, DC @ Black Cat
April 4th – Carrboro, NC @ Cat’s Cradle
April 5th – Asheville, NC @ Grey Eagle
April 6th – Atlanta, GA @ Terminal West
April 7th – Nashville, TN @ Basement East
April 9th – Austin, TX @ Mohawk
April 10th – Dallas, TX @ Trees
April 12th – Santa Fe, NM @ Meow Wolf
April 13th – Phoenix, AZ @ Crescent Ballroom
April 29th – Helsinki, Finland @ House of Culture
May 1st – Oslo, Norway @ Rockefeller
May 2nd – Stockholm, Sweden @ Berns
May 3rd – Copenhagen, Denmark @ Vega
May 5th – Berlin, Germany @ Columbia Theater
May 6th – Cologne, Germany @ Kantine
May 7th – Amsterdam, Netherlands @ Paradiso
May 8th – Antwerp, Belgium @ De Roma
May 11th – London, England @ O2 Shepherds Bush Empire
May 12th – Manchester, England @ O2 Ritz