NPR First Listen Live, Album Stream, and Jimmy Kimmel Live

To mark the release of his new album Ruminations, Conor Oberst will perform the record in its entirety to an audience of contest winners at New York City’s Housing Works Bookstore Cafe on the album’s release day, Friday, October 14, 2016.

The performance, co-presented by NPR Music’s Bob Boilen and WFUV Radio’s Rita Houston, will be simultaneously webcast via NPR Music and NPR Music’s Facebook page. will host an on-demand audio stream of the concert in the days to follow.

Ruminations will be available to stream exclusively on NPR Music’s website beginning September 30 as part of its First Listen series.

Oberst also will be the musical guest on ABC’s Jimmy Kimmel Live! on October 24th.



In the winter of 2016, Conor Oberst found himself hibernating in his hometown of Omaha after living in New York City for more than a decade. He emerged with the unexpectedly raw, unadorned solo album Ruminations, available October 14, 2016, on Nonesuch Records. “I wasn’t expecting to write a record. I honestly wasn’t expecting to do much of anything. Winter in Omaha can have a paralyzing effect on a person but in this case it worked in my favor. I was just staying up late every night playing piano and watching the snow pile up outside the window. Next thing I knew I had burned through all the firewood in the garage and had more than enough songs for a record. I recorded them quick to get them down but then it just felt right to leave them alone,” says Oberst.

Ruminations is available to pre-order now from iTunes and from Oberst will perform songs from the album at a handful of special solo shows this fall at venues including Carnegie Hall and the Ryman Auditorium; complete tour dates are below.