profile: Monsters of Folk (with audio)

The super group Monsters of Folk is made up of actual "monsters of folk" Jim James (My Morning Jacket), Conor Oberst (Bright Eyes), M. Ward (of late, the "him" of She and Him), and producer Mike Mogis (Jenny Lewis, Rilo Kiley, Sea Wolf, Cursive, etc).

The foursome first came together as a result of a 2004 one-off gig in Chicago,"An Evening with Bright Eyes, Jim James and M Ward." Oberst later explained that the unnecessarily long name wasn't very catchy.