"...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..."
"...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..."
"...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...."
"...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.)..."
"...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 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..."
"...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 The Silver Gymnasium (ATO)..."
"...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..."
"...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..."
"...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..."
"...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..."
"...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..."
"...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..."
"...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...."
"...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...."
"...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...."
"...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..."
"...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...."