Monsters of Folk is an American supergroup, consisting of Jim James from My Morning Jacket, Conor Oberst and Mike Mogis from Bright Eyes, and M. Ward of She & Him. The band was formed in 2004 when the members were on tour with their respective bands and solo projects. After playing together both on-stage and backstage, they started working together on various material. Due to the members' main projects, Monsters of Folk did not wrap up their first album until 2009, and it was released on September 22 on Rough Trade. It debuted at 143 on the Billboard Top 200 and peaked at 15. It also reached #3 on Top Independent Albums, #8 on Top Rock Albums, #7 on Top Digital Albums, and #6 on Top Alternative Albums..
Their song "Baby Boomer" was chosen as the Starbucks iTunes Pick of the Week for October 27, 2009.
October 23 & 24 2009 they performed at Neil Young's 23rd annual Bridge School Benefit held in Mountain View, California at the Shoreline Amphitheater.