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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...."

Will Sheff, Grupo Fantasma Earn Grammy Nods
A brief breakdown of Austin artists headed to the red carpet
DAILY Music  December 1, 2010, by Austin Powell
"...The Grammy nominations were announced earlier this evening. There’s no shortage of hometown heroes headed to the red carpet for the 53rd annual award ceremony in February, most surprisingly Will Sheff, who earned a Best Album Notes nod for Roky Erickson with Okkervil River’s True Love Cast Out All Evil...."

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...."

A Little 'Midnight' Music
Will Sheff and Alex Holdridge's mutual appreciation
Screens Story  August 29, 2008, by Austin Powell
"...In Search of a Midnight Kiss writer/director Alex Holdridge and songwriter Will Sheff of Okkervil River (and formerly of Shearwater) use the same words to describe each other's work: poignant, earnest, and raw. Both have a distinct knack for character-driven narratives, a way of revealing unsettling truths without really commenting on them, and the ability to force their respective audience to wrestle with the meaning...."

Tour of Psychedelic Austin, Part 1
Roky Erickson and Okkervil River hit the historic streets
DAILY Music  April 29, 2010, by Austin Powell
"...Will Sheff uses two microphones when Okkervil River backs Roky Erickson in concert: one for his serene harmony on “Be and Bring Me Home” and ghostly echo on “I Walked With a Zombie,” the other to prompt Erickson through the band’s PA without the audience hearing. He needed both at the Paramount last Saturday...."

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...."

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...."

If You Have Ghosts
Erickson acolytes sound off on ‘True Love Cast Out All Evil’
DAILY Music  April 16, 2010, by Austin Powell
"...“I was so happy when I heard it. Not only did we have a former intern playing on the record [guitarist Lauren Gurgiolo], but Will [Sheff] understood that Roky’s songs breathe, and he captured that energy..."

Black Sheep Boys
Okkervil River navigates the headwaters of its career
Music Story  April 1, 2005, by Melanie Haupt
"...Now, with Black Sheep Boy (Jagjaguwar), Okkervil River has reached a critical point in its evolution, one that's poised the band on the brink of notoriety and success. The secret lies in frontman Will Sheff's songwriting, which has matured in exponential leaps with each new release..."

Okkervil River
Bloodletting the evil out of acoustic-trio Okkervil River.
Music Story  March 3, 2000, by Kate X Messer
"...The rivulet that would become Okkervil River formed when Will Sheff first met Seth Warren in grade school, and the two later hooked up with transplanted Texan Zachary Thomas via high school in the small town of Meriden, New Hampshire. The three shared weirdo status throughout their school years, so they did what any respectable group of high school outsiders does at times of social isolation: They formed a band..."

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
"..."We kept struggling to find the right way to make 'Please Judge' work," recalls Okkervil River leader and True Love producer Will Sheff, who first attempted a full-band version of the original tune and later tried an Americana backdrop. "I had this breakdown where I didn't know what else to do...."

Fun Fun Fun Fest Preview
Okkervil River's Will Sheff on the writing of The Stage Names
Music Story  November 2, 2007, by Doug Freeman
"...In writing The Stage Names, Okkervil River's fourth release for Jagjaguwar, Will Sheff sought seclusion amid the maddening din. In a tiny New York City fourth-floor walk-up apartment, the album emerged as Sheff sat by his open window, staring beyond the fire escape into the human dramas unfolding below...."

Okkervil River
Music Review  September 15, 2016, by Doug Freeman
"...On 2013's The Silver Gymnasium, Will Sheff waxed nostalgic about his 10-year-old self in New Hampshire. Away now follows up with the fallout of having reckoned that past..."

The B-Side
Old Settler's Fest digs in as Okkervil River's Will Sheff digs out, and Marijuana Law for Musicians tokes on
Music Column  April 19, 2007, by Darcie Stevens
"..."TCB" returns next week. A River Runs Through It Local songwriting savant Will Sheff led his folk-punk fivepiece, Okkervil River, through the wringer during the recording of their fifth LP..."

TCB
Floating down Okkervil's river of golden dreams, taking Pinetop Perkins, Helios Creed, and a bunch of T-shirts along for the ride
Music Column  January 21, 2005, by Christopher Gray
"...Okkervil River frontman Will Sheff might be under the weather, but hes practically bouncing off the walls with excitement over the groups new album, Black Sheep Boy, due April 5 on Indiana indie Jagjaguar. "It's our favorite so far," he gushes..."

Shearwater The Dissolving Room (Grey Flat)
Music Review  April 13, 2001, by Michael Chamy
"...It's generally considered an asset when a songwriter, whether Dylan, Van Zandt, or Elliott Smith, has an accumulation of experience to draw upon. Shearwater's local debut, a collaboration between Will Sheff of Okkervil River and Jonathan Meiburg of Kingfisher, wears the sincere and allegorical clothes of such sage craftsmen proudly, but leans more toward the confused coming-of-age adolescent perspective, in the process supplying more questions than answers..."

Okkervil River
Music Review  May 24, 2018, by Abby Johnston
"...Less than 30 seconds into Okkervil River's ninth full-length, we learn that Will Sheff, the creative leader and frontman for the Austin-birthed act, endured a tracheotomy as a baby. The bizarre admission of album opener "Famous Tracheotomies," an oral history of celebrities who've undergone the procedure, encapsulates the tone of In the Rainbow Rain, a joyous and witty introspection eschewing the somber pining of 2016's Away..."

Okkervil River Record Review
Music Story  September 6, 2013, by Doug Freeman
"...Will Sheff strikes hardest when he's strafing the cultural subconscious, exhuming within his dense, hyper-literate narratives the tenuous traumas and defining details of his characters that sync to larger, and deeper social truths. He's also one of the few songwriters who works better behind a theme, his allusion-laden lyrics and arrangements layering best upon a concept..."

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