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Okkervil River

Hometown: Austin, TX
Tags: rock, indie, folk

Album “The Stage Names” scored 8.7

Musicians’ lives don’t naturally translate to compelling movies, but in the right hands, they can make for powerful albums. On Okkervil River’s autobiographical fourth full-length, frontman Will Sheff…

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  • KCRW's Marion Hodges

    KCRW's Marion Hodges on Okkervil River

    7 months ago

    Played "Stay Young" 09/01/2013 3:03 am

  • KCRW's Marion Hodges

    KCRW's Marion Hodges on Okkervil River

    7 months ago

    Played "Walking Without Frankie" 09/01/2013 4:54 am

  • KCRW's Eric J. Lawrence

    KCRW's Eric J. Lawrence on Okkervil River

    7 months ago

    Played "Down Down The Deep River" 09/02/2013 12:27 am

  • TheOwlMag

    TheOwlMag on Okkervil River

    7 months ago

    Okkervil River The Silver Gymnasium [ATO]

    The Silver Gymnasium finds Okkervil River moving from longtime home Jagjaguwar to ATO, and reverting to the novel concept album that seems to be Will Sheff’s default status. Extracurricular fun includes a map done by long time artwork collaborator William Schaff, who turns Meriden, NH into Sheff’s own personal Hundred Acre Wood. And if that weren’t enough, there’s also an 8-bit Silver Gymnasium game!

    Meriden in the mid-‘80s evokes references to Ataris, VCRs, and cocaine. Sheff examines how a certain place in time leaves its mark on a person, for good and ill, and the band responds magnificently to the challenge: from the Box Tops horns that buttress “On A Balcony” to the gritty balladry of “Lido Pier Suicide Car,” John Agnello’s ace production reveals more with every listen.

    Side two is relentless: “Stay Young” starts with synth flourishes heralding the worst ’80s radio friendly fodder, but unfolds into an Okkervil anthem that would slide easily onto a John Hughes soundtrack. They trump it two songs later with “All The Time Every Day.” Closer “Black Nemo” pitches towards the scope of prime Jackson Browne, and maintaining its smarts amid a pure AM radio setting is The Silver Gymnasium’s triumph.

    more at theowlmag.com

  • TheOwlMag

    TheOwlMag on Okkervil River

    about 1 year ago

    Okkervil River I Am Very Far [Jagjaguwar, May 10, 2011]

    I Am Very Far marks Texas based Okkervil River’s sixth album. Also, the first one not co-produced by Brian Beattie. The success or failure of the album therefore rests entirely on the band and front man Will Sheff.

    “Abandoned by All Her Admirers,” laments Sheff in “White Shadow Waltz,” an expansive tune full of strings and crashing drum beats. “We Need A Myth” feels like an inner struggle between bleak reality and the hope for a better future. I Am Very Far is full of dark images conjured up by Sheff’s words, interwoven within the backdrop of every song.

    Okkervil River’s Will Sheff has always been a brilliant lyrical wordsmith. This is one of the things those familiar with the band’s previous works have come to expect from an Okkervil River album. And they do not disappoint here. It’s a solid effort, yet something seems to keep us at bay; it’s amost as if Sheff was having an inner battle within himself with each song. The production seems a bit, for lack of a better word, “messy” at times, but for a band that’s been battling commercial success for a better part of a decade, perhaps this is exactly where they want us to be.

    more at theowlmag.com

  • Pitchfork Best Albums

    Pitchfork Best Albums on Okkervil River

    over 1 year ago

    Album "The Stage Names" scored 8.7

    Musicians' lives don't naturally translate to compelling movies, but in the right hands, they can make for powerful albums. On Okkervil River's autobiographical fourth full-length, frontman Will Sheff...

    more at pitchfork.com

  • Covert Curiosity on Okkervil River

    about 3 years ago

    I hate to be the bearer of bad news, but the forthcoming Okkervil River album isn't that great. more at blogspot.com

  • Covert Curiosity on Okkervil River

    about 3 years ago

    I have lived in Austin long enough that I sometimes take for granted the fact that there is a never-ending reserve of good music being created around me, so grabbing a few handfuls of this stuff from time to time and putting it all together in one place is one way of keeping up with what's happening. more at blogspot.com

  • Covert Curiosity on Okkervil River

    about 3 years ago

    Alright kids, here is the third group of music that I promised from artists you might want to consider checking out at SXSW 2007. more at blogspot.com

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