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Gigstock: Conor Oberst; James Vincent McMorrow; Jerron 'Blind Boy' Paxton

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Thursday, April 17, 2014

Conor Oberst performs at Soundcheck's Gigstock live at WNYC's Greene Space. Conor Oberst performs at Soundcheck's Gigstock live at WNYC's Greene Space. (Janice Yi for WNYC)

In this episode: Soundcheck presents the second night of Gigstock, a mini-festival held in The Greene Space. Conor Oberst, the mastermind behind Bright Eyes, performs a set of seven new songs from of his upcoming album, Upside Down Mountain.

Then: Singer-songwriter James Vincent McMorrow hits the high notes as he sings songs from Post Tropical -- his recent album that embraces R&B, hip-hop and experimental sounds.

And, as part of a "live" Gig Alert about the upcoming Brooklyn Folk Festival, hear modern day old-time bluesman Jerron "Blind Boy" Paxton perform "Motherless Child Blues" in the Greene Space.

 

Guests:

Conor Oberst and James Vincent McMorrow

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