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Okkervil River Announces ACL Aftershow at Club de Ville
NBA ties, online gaming promotion, and a pixelated Will Sheff
DAILY Music  October 3, 2013, by Chase Hoffberger
"...Got a grip on this weekend’s ACL aftershows? Think again. Okkervil River just announced it’s playing a Friday night show at Club de Ville..."

Okkervil River Regroups
Brooklynite stretches revamped band at the Parish
DAILY Music  September 29, 2016, by Doug Freeman
"...Last December, Will Sheff returned to Austin for a solo tour celebrating the 10th anniversary of Okkervil River’s breakout LP, Black Sheep Boy. Even then, the formerly longtime local was clearly trying to reshape his catalog..."

ACL Live Shot: Okkervil River
Will Sheff’s local crew gets bloody
DAILY Music  October 5, 2013, by Doug Freeman
"...A primary test for each new Okkervil River album is how well the songs mesh live with their previous material. How the worlds that Will Sheff spins so completely with each LP collide and expand upon each other...."

Okkervil River Goes 8-Bit
An adventure game to promote 'The Silver Gymnasium'
DAILY Screens  August 22, 2013, by James Renovitch
"...It's a whole new world out there in the world of promoting and selling music. It's gotten so bad (or good) that indie stalwarts Okkervil River have taken to the internet with an episodic video game featuring throwback graphics that harken back to the heyday of Sierra On-Line (King's Quest, Leisure Suit Larry, etc.)..."

Okkervil River
Bloodletting the evil out of acoustic-trio Okkervil River.
Music Story  March 3, 2000, by Kate X Messer
"...Nice. Well, it's the 21st century, and while medical innovations have, at least for the time being, won out, it's not too difficult to comprehend people's fascination with the grisly therapy. What beats a good bloodletting (at least metaphorically) for getting to the heart of matters physical and emotional? Austin acoustic indie-rock folk trio Okkervil River is certainly not unfamiliar with the concept of purging...."

Okkervil River
Music Review  September 12, 2003, by Jim Caligiuri
"...Okkervil River Down the River of Golden Dreams (Jagjaguwar) Okkervil River's second album, 2002's Don't Fall in Love With Everyone You See, was hailed by critics worldwide. The band's brand of laconic country and off-kilter rock drew comparisons to the likes of Wilco, Will Oldham, and Bright Eyes..."

Spotlights: Okkervil River
Local folk-popsters look for the doom in their Wheaties
Music Story  March 15, 2002, by Christopher Hess
"...With a new Okkervil River album and a just-completed tour, as well as a SXSW showcase and second tour on the immediate horizon, one would think that Will Sheff, singer and guitarist for Okkervil River, has more than enough to do. He also writes for this paper's Screens section, and the Audiogalaxy Web site..."

Okkervil River Reviewed
Music Review  April 1, 2005, by Darcie Stevens
"...Okkervil River..."

Okkervil River Record Review
Music Story  September 6, 2013, by Doug Freeman
"...Okkervil River The Silver Gymnasium (ATO)..."

New Albums for Octopus Project and Okkervil River
Popular indie hypnotists tease upcoming LPs
DAILY Music  June 10, 2013, by Chase Hoffberger
"...In other album release news, Austin’s venerable indie rock storytellers Okkervil River today announced upcoming LP The Silver Gymnasium, its seventh, arriving Sept. 3 on ATO Records..."

Okkervil River Has Enormous Talent
Postmarks  April 6, 2005
"...Dear Editor, My wife and I were so glad to see these guys (Okkervil River) recognized [“Black Sheep Boys,” Music, April 1]. We no longer have time or the lifestyle to get out and hear a bunch of music live unless it's at the Cactus, but somehow or another we stumbled across one of Okkervil River's albums, and it was one of those that remained in our home CD player for weeks getting better and better every time we listened to it..."

Okkervil River at Stubbs
August 22, 2013. 20 photos.
PHOTO GALLERY  August 23, 2013
"...Thursday night, indie folk troupe Okkervil River prepped for their 26-date tour through the country with a tune-up inside Stubb’s. New album 'The Silver Gymnasium,' the local sextet’s eighth, drops Sept..."

Black Sheep Boys
Okkervil River navigates the headwaters of its career
Music Story  April 1, 2005, by Melanie Haupt
"...Seven years have passed since Okkervil River humbly shuffled onto the Austin music scene with their self-released Bedroom EP. Since then, the longtime friends have released three full-length albums, each one better than the last, positioning themselves on the national scene as a beloved cult act..."

Please, Judge
Roky Erickson's first studio album in over a decade proves Will Sheff and Okkervil River's genius once again
Music Story  April 16, 2010, by Austin Powell
"...The song is now the centerpiece of True Love Cast Out All Evil, the 62-year-old native Austinite's eagerly anticipated collaboration with Okkervil River and first new studio recording in more than a decade. The LP, released next Tuesday on restorative L.A..."

Darkness in the Heart of Town
Will Sheff, one step forward, two steps back
Music Story  September 6, 2013, by Michael Corcoran
"...His grandfather, 90, was running out of time, so Will Sheff made the five-and-a-half-hour drive from Brooklyn to his grandparents' home in New Hampshire often while writing songs for Okkervil River's difficult departure LP I Am Very Far in 2011. The three would eat breakfast together, then Sheff would vanish into the room above the garage until dusk, writing in isolation..."

Waking the Dead
Okkervil River's Will Sheff and Centro-matic's Will Johnson find common ground.
Music Story  September 12, 2003, by Melanie Haupt
"...Nonetheless, tarry is what these two men do, perched as respectfully as possible on an ancient monument, surrounded by other gargantuan gravestones bearing the poignant legends "Mother," "Father," "Our Baby Daughter." Together, Okkervil River's Will Sheff and Centro-matic's Will Johnson hold court amid the dead in a museum dedicated to absence...."

Black Sheep Boy Will Sheff
Okkervil River folksinger reflects on the past decade
DAILY Music  December 11, 2015, by Abby Johnston
"...On Wednesday, we rang up Will Sheff at home in Brooklyn, the Okkervil River frontman suspending dinner prep to talk about the 10th anniversary reissue of Black Sheep Boy, which includes the original LP, a follow-up EP, and a third CD of unheard material. Kitchen tips were also offered ahead of his sold-out solo sets this weekend at the Cactus Cafe...."

Our Life is Not a Movie or Maybe
Will Sheff gets in touch with his feminine side.
DAILY Music  December 18, 2007, by Austin Powell
"...Last week, Okkervil River digitally debuted its Golden Opportunities Mixtape, a marvelous live, nine-song cover collection – with the noted exception of “Listening to Otis Redding at Home During Christmas” – that serves as musical annotations to this year’s The Stage Names. It ranges from intriguing renditions of Joni Mitchell’s “The Blonde in the Bleachers” and Randy Newman’s “Simon Smith and the Amazing Dancing Bear” to “April Anne” by John Phillips and lead singer and songwriter Will Sheff’s personal translation of Serge Gainsbourg’s “I Came Here to Say I’m Going Away.” Sheff recently spoke to Off the Record about the way music and literature influence his character sketches narratives and his interest in the feminine voice...."

One Man’s View
Austin’s musical decade
DAILY Music  December 9, 2009, by Jim Caligiuri
"...There are decade lists popping up all over and, although I’m even not sure if the decade ends this year or next, I see those lists and note what’s missing: Austin. Sure, there’s been a mention here and there for Shearwater or Okkervil River, but our music scene is so much more..."

Wednesday Rewind
Okkervil River, Sahara Smith, Centro-matic
DAILY Music  January 12, 2011, by Austin Powell
"...Fresh off a nomination for the Austin Music Hall of Fame, Okkervil River appeared on Late Night with Jimmy Fallon on Monday to premiere the new single, “Wake and Be Fine,” a full four months before the group's new album, I Am Very Far, arrives in stores...."

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