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There were so many music videos this week. It was out of control. I could just barely watch all of them, and that glut means that fascinating things like MGMT’s alien-abduction dance party and Kirin J Callahan’s upside-down command performance didn’t make the list. Half the bands in our Twitter feed had to make their… More »

Okkervil River frontman Will Sheff told me in an interview for an R.E.M. retrospective piece a few years back that when his band was initially conceived, “What was shocking, and quite funny to me, was that when I started Okkervil River and we incorporated some of the same stuff — bringing in mandolins and accordio… More »

How did you celebrate July 4th? On a rooftop BBQ listening to our summer mix? Maybe you stayed in and watched old episodes of Hoarders on Roku? Maybe I stayed in and did that. There is no way to know. But all across this great country we do know there were fireworks to be see… More »

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Okkervil River – “I’m In Love With Susan Smith” (Tom House Cover)

Okkervil River's third album, Black Sheep Boy, turned 10 earlier this year, and long-time label Jagjaguwar is reissuing the album as a special deluxe editio…
James Rettig | September 9, 2015 - 11:18 am

Obama Shares Vacation Playlists Featuring Florence + The Machine, Beyoncé, Okkervil River

Let's not bury the lede here: President Obama seems to be siding with Spotify in the streaming wars. POTUS tweeted a pair of vacation playlist…
Chris DeVille | August 14, 2015 - 12:13 pm

Here’s The Okkervil River Song Don Henley Doesn’t Want You To Hear

Yesterday we learned than Don Henley of the Eagles is still really angry at both Frank Ocean and Will Sheff (aka Okkervil River) for what…
Miles Bowe | June 5, 2014 - 12:24 pm

Don Henley’s Still Pissed At Frank Ocean, And Okkervil River, Too

Two years ago Don Henley threatened to sue Frank Ocean for performing "American Wedding," the altered version of "Hotel California" that Ocean included on hi…
Chris DeVille | June 4, 2014 - 12:22 pm

Download Okkervil River’s ’80s Covers EP Golden Opportunities 3

Every so often, the Texan rock band Okkervil River records a new EP of covers and releases it, for free, upon the public. The serie…
Tom Breihan | December 18, 2013 - 5:27 pm

Okkervil River Launch Kickstarter For Down Down The Deep River Film

Okkervil River released their seventh full-length album The Silver Gymnasium back in August, and in celebration, we ranked their albums from worst to best. Now,…
Gabriela Tully Claymore | December 9, 2013 - 5:18 pm

Watch Okkervil River Play CBS This Morning

Network television on Saturday morning: Probably not the first place you'd expect to encounter indie rock. But as we're continuing to learn, there is no…
Tom Breihan | November 11, 2013 - 9:18 am

Okkervil River – “Stay Young (Lovestreams Remix)” Video

Yesterday, we posted director Sean Dunne's video for Okkervil River's "Stay Young," a gorgeous montage of young people dirtbiking and riding snowmobiles across ponds i…
Tom Breihan | October 29, 2013 - 11:44 am

Read Will Sheff’s Wonderful Lou Reed Obituary

The most marvelous art tends to inspire the most marvelous prose, and such has been the case in the past 24 hours as news of…
Chris DeVille | October 28, 2013 - 1:38 pm

Okkervil River – “Stay Young” Video

The Silver Gymnasium, the new LP from the Austin band Okkervil River, is a concept album about the New Hampshire town where frontman Will Sheff…
Tom Breihan | October 28, 2013 - 10:06 am

Watch Okkervil River Play Conan

Conan O'Brien and Will Sheff, frontman for Austin rockers Okkervil River, are two men with New England roots who seem like they've read a few…
Tom Breihan | October 24, 2013 - 11:53 am

Stream Okkervil River The Silver Gymnasium

Texan rockers Okkervil River are about a week away from releasing The Silver Gymnasium, their new John Agnello-produced album, which works as an LP-length exploratio…
Tom Breihan | August 26, 2013 - 12:35 pm

Play Okkervil River & Juicy J’s Online Video Games

Two vastly different artists with new albums coming out soon have chosen similar ways to promote those albums: Online video games! Literate Texan rockers Okkervil…
Tom Breihan | August 21, 2013 - 4:52 pm

Okkervil River – “Stay Young”

In anticipation of their upcoming record The Silver Gymnasium — their first after leaving Jagjaguwar for ATO Records — Austin natives Okkervil River have released…
Elliah Heifetz | August 7, 2013 - 3:53 pm

Watch Will Sheff Perform New Okkervil River Songs In His Former High School Cafeteria

Will Sheff's promo run for the new Okkervil River album The Silver Gymnasium has been all about keeping it local. Before lead single "Down Down
Claire Lobenfeld | July 31, 2013 - 1:03 pm

Watch Will Sheff Perform Okkervil River’s “Down Down The Deep River” At Some Open Mic Nights

In what is, perhaps, the most endearing way to debut new music, Okkervil River frontman Will Sheff returned to his hometown of Meriden, NH to…
Claire Lobenfeld | July 17, 2013 - 2:01 pm

Okkervil River – “Down Down The Deep River”

The Austin-based literate-rock band Okkervil River returns in a couple of months with their new album The Silver Gymnasium. There’s a conceptual hook: It’s a…
Tom Breihan | July 15, 2013 - 1:42 pm

Okkervil River – “Lido Pier Suicide Car”

Texan rock band Okkervil River return in a few months with the new album The Silver Gymnasium, and we've already posted the lyric video for…
Tom Breihan | July 1, 2013 - 12:50 pm
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