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Better Oblivion Community Center, Sloppy Jane, Christian Lee Hutson


Doug Fir Southeast
Sat March 16, 9 pm 21+


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Earlier this year, beloved singer/songwriters Phoebe Bridgers and Bright Eyes frontman Conor Oberst shocked and delighted fans with the surprise release of Better Oblivion Community Center, the duo’s first collaborative LP. The album is named after an imagined wellness center, and they’re billing concerts on their nearly sold-out tour as Better Oblivion Community Center “meetings” where attendees will be invited “to celebrate the common path toward ultimate relaxation.” Lyrics revolve around this moment in history’s particular strain of hopelessness, the desire to tune out the news and your own thoughts with white noise, and the resultant guilt for doing so (as captured in self-deprecating lines like “I’ve really never done anything for anyone” from the song “Didn’t Know What I Was in For,” which could’ve alternately been titled “I Didn’t Ask to Be Born”). Even if the way they’re promoting the project is a little gimmicky, and even if it’s a little unclear what the point is, Better Oblivion Community Center is a solid album of confessional, emo-tinged folk-rock that finds Bridgers and Oberst harmonizing their despair and finding solidarity within the proverbial dumpster fire.

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Doug Fir

830 E Burnside St., Portland, OR 97214
Hours: Daily 7 am-2:30am

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  • Daily 7 am-2:30am
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This event is in the past.
  • Sat March 16, 9 pm