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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

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

An Oral History Of The Wrens’ The Meadowlands

Ten years ago, three grown men approaching middle age lived in a house together in Secaucus, New Jersey. A recently married fourth was living in a Garden State home to the south. Ostensibly the quartet comprised a band, although they rarely played shows and hadn’t had a release of any sort in more than half… More »

By: Timothy Bracy And Elizabeth Bracy / September 9, 2013 - 9:56 am

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

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

Lovestreams – “Shock Corridor”

Okkervil River frontman Will Sheff has a new project, one he’s been quietly working on for about a year. On his website, Sheff writes that he rented a room last year and that he’s been going there everyday to work on music from his new solo thing Lovestreams: “I decided to do a project there… More »

By: Tom Breihan / January 15, 2013 - 9:40 am

Stream McSweeney’s Flaming Lips Radio Show Feat. Ed Droste, Will Sheff, Bill Callahan & More

Here’s another thing that Flaming Lips frontman Wayne Coyne can cross off of his increasingly insane to-do list: Record an hour-long radio drama about the human-head-shaped tumor on the inside of his leg. Coyne teamed up with McSweeney’s, KCRW, and producer Richard Parks to put together the show, entitled Wayne Coynes Human Head Shaped Tumor. More »

By: Tom Breihan / November 26, 2012 - 9:57 am

Alex Chilton Remembered, One Year After His Death

Alex Chilton passed away one year ago today. Big Star was scheduled to play SXSW in 2010, instead the show became a tribute, with friends and fans playing Chilton’s music and remembering his work. We posted a short obituary at the time, but I thought that a year later we could take a closer look… More »

By: jessica / March 17, 2011 - 10:02 am

Will Sheff – “Lay Of The Last Survivor” Live Video

Our last look at Okkervil River was via their collaboration with Roky Erickson. In this video shot at the Living Room in NYC, main man Will Sheff performs a new song, “Lay Of The Last Survivor.” He introduces it as “incredibly depressing,” but it’s more a mild downer. More »

By: brandon / August 16, 2010 - 9:57 am

Roky Erickson And Okkervil River @ The Music Box, Hollywood 5/18/10

It’s been 14 years since Roky Erickson last released an album of new material. His album with Okkervil River backing him (and Okkervil frontman Will Sheff producing), True Love Cast Out All Evil, came out last month, and the Erickson/Okkervil team made its debut at SXSW earlier, but each show still sort of feels like… More »

By: jessica / May 19, 2010 - 3:09 pm