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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 Henley sees as copyright violations of his music. In the case of Okkervil River, Henley prevented Sheff from releasing a cover of the song “The End Of The Innocence” for… More »

By: 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 his star-making Nostalgia, Ultra mixtape. Sounds like Henley is still angry at Ocean. Henley had this to say to The Daily Telegraph:… More »

By: 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 series is called Golden Opportunities, and the last installment, dedicated to vaguely obscure singer-songwriters, came out in 2011. Now there’s a third EP in the series, and it, too, has a… More »

By: 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, frontman Will Sheff is heading a campaign to create a short film based on the single “Down Down The Deep River” that will be partially funded via Kickstarter. The film… More »

By: 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 segment of society that indie has not permeated. Case in point: CBS This Morning, the weekend newsmagazine show, has a musical segment called Second Cup Cafe, and now Okkervil River… More »

By: Tom Breihan / November 11, 2013 - 9:18 am

The 5 Best Videos Of The Week

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 »

By: Tom Breihan / November 1, 2013 - 11:01 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 in New Hampshire. Lately, Okkervil River frontman Will Sheff has also been posting synthpop tracks online under the name Lovestreams, and now he’s remixed his own band’s song, giving “Stay Young”… More »

By: 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 Lou Reed’s death has spread. Among those paying tribute to the Velvet Underground founder is Okkervil River frontman Will Sheff, who penned a heartfelt obit for Gawker entitled “A Reaso… More »

By: 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 grew up. With the new video for the gently rollicking single “Stay Young,” director Sean Dunne filmed in Claremont, New Hampshire, near Sheff’s hometown. In the clip, he focuses o… More »

By: 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 books in their lives. So maybe it was a meeting of the minds when Okkervil River served as musical guests on last night’s episode of Conan. Or maybe it wa… More »

By: Tom Breihan / October 24, 2013 - 11:53 am

Okkervil River Albums From Worst To Best

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 »

By: John Everhart / September 24, 2013 - 11:16 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 exploration of the town of Meridian, New Hampshire, where frontman Will Sheff lived as a kid. We’ve already heard a bunch of songs — “It Was My Season,” “Lido Pier SuicideMore »

By: 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 River will soon release The Silver Gymnasium, frontman Will Sheff’s musical exploration of the New Hampsire town where he grew up. And now you can explore the town, too, thank… More »

By: 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 another new track from the album. “Stay Young” song bobs along with a synth-heavy and percussive groove, but sports both a saxophone and a harmonica solo, keeping the band’s live-sounding… More »

By: 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 The Deep River” debuted, Sheff and his childhood friend Aaron Johnson took it to different open mic nights in New England near their hometown Meriden, NH. In this new video,… More »

By: 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 perform at different open-mic nights in the area. He and longtime friend and collaborator Aaron Johnson — they started playing music together when they were 8! — reunited after 15… More »

By: 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 an exploration of Meridian, New Hampshire, the town where frontman Will Sheff lived as a kid. And we’ve already posted a couple of tracks: First single “It Was My Season” and… More »

By: 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 first single “It Was My Season.” The album is a sort of tribute to Meridian, New Hampshire, the town where frontman Will Sheff lived as a kid, and of Sheff’… More »

By: Tom Breihan / July 1, 2013 - 12:50 pm

Okkervil River – “It Was My Season” Lyric Video

Will Sheff, frontman for literate Texan indie band Okkervil River, has lately been busying himself with the DIY synthpop project Lovestreams, but his main band comes roaring back in a couple of months with a new album called The Silver Gymnasium. This morning, we get to hear our first taste of the album: A slow-building,… More »

By: Tom Breihan / June 17, 2013 - 9:55 am

Lovestreams – “There’s Video” Video

Okkervil River frontman Will Sheff recently announced a new synthy solo side project called Lovestreams, and he’s planning on posting his songs online one at a time rather than gathering them into an album-sized bundle. After debut single “Shock Corridor,” the second Lovestreams song we’ve heard is the slow-building “There’s Video,” which comes drenched i… More »

By: Tom Breihan / April 22, 2013 - 4:03 pm
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