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Okkervil River Share New Song “What Friends Do” From “Click, Clack, Moo” Christmas Special

Theme Song to Amazon Prime's Click, Clack, Moo: Christmas at the Farm

Nov 28, 2017

Okkervil River have shared a new song, "What Friends Do." It's the theme song to Click, Clack, Moo: Christmas at the Farm, a new Amazon Prime Christmas special based on the children's book series Click, Clack, Moo, by Doreen Cronin and Betsy Lewin, which is about farm animals who go on strike and send messages to their farmer via a typewriter.  More

Okkervil River Share “Denomination Blues” for “Our First 100 Days” Anti-Donald Trump Project

"Our First 100 Days" Will Include a New Song Every Day for the First 100 Days of Donald Trump's Presidency

Apr 19, 2017

"Our First 100 Days" is an anti-President Donald Trump project. The good folks behind the "30 Days, 30 Songs" anti-Trump campaign during the election have teamed up with Secretly Group for "Our First 100 Days."  More

Listen: Okkervil River - “You Don’t Love Me Yet” (Roky Erikson Cover)

Taken From Amazon's Love Me and Love Me Not Valentine's Day Playlists

Feb 03, 2017

Okkervil River released a new album, Away, last year via ATO. Now the band's Will Sheff has covered Roky Erikson's "You Don't Love Me Yet" for Amazon and two Valentine's Day playlists they've put together entitled Love Me and Love Me Not.  More

Jan 18, 2017

Okkervil River released a new album, Away, last year via ATO. Previously the band had shared the album's first single, "Okkervil River R.I.P.," as well as its video. More

Nov 14, 2016

Legendary singer/songwriter/poet Leonard Cohen's death was announced on Thursday even though he actually died last Monday. Okkervil River were performing in Bristol, England on Friday night when the band covered Cohen's "Anthem," a song from 1992's The Future.  More

Oct 17, 2016

Okkervil River released a new album, Away, last month via ATO. Now the band has shared a video for "Call Yourself Renee." Bret Curry directed the video, which was filmed during a recent U.S. tour by the band and features two fictional Okkervil River fans, a man and a woman, at one of the band's concerts. You see the lives of the two fans outside of the concert, as well as them at the show and footage of the band performing the song live. More

Oct 07, 2016

Okkervil River released a new album, Away, last month via ATO. Previously the band had shared the album's first single, "Okkervil River R.I.P.," as well as its video. More

Under the Radar Examines Music and Politics with the 2016 Protest Issue

Special Issue Takes On Sexism and Feminism in the Music Industry, Tackles the Election, and Features Amanda Palmer on the Cover

Sep 09, 2016

Under the Radar is excited to announce the full details of our 2016 Protest Issue (out September, October, and into November), which is out now both digitally and on newsstands. We've done a Protest Issue every U.S. Presidential election year since 2004 and as before this issue features articles examining the intersection of music and politics and photo shoots with musicians holding protest signs of their own making. Then in mid-October we will be launching our charity Protest Auction, in which we auction off all the protest signs in the issue, with all profits going to the American Cancer SocietyMore

Stream the New Album by Okkervil River - “Away”

Away Due Out September 9 via ATO

Sep 01, 2016

Okkervil River are releasing a new album, Away, next Friday (September 9) via ATO. Previously the band had shared the album's first single, "Okkervil River R.I.P.," as well as its videoMore

Watch: Okkervil River - “The Industry” Video

Away Due Out September 9 via ATO

Jul 25, 2016

Okkervil River are releasing a new album, Away, on September 9 via ATO. Previously the band had shared the album's first single, "Okkervil River R.I.P.," as well as its video. More

Jul 06, 2016

Okkervil River are releasing a new album, Away, on September 9 via ATO. Previously the band had shared the album's first single, "Okkervil River R.I.P." Now the song has a video.  More

May 18, 2016

Okkervil River have announced a new album and some tour dates and shared the album's first single. Away is due out September 9 via ATO and below you can listen to its first single, the interestingly titled and fairly stripped down "Okkervil River R.I.P." More

Jan 04, 2016

2016 Democratic presidential candidate Bernie Sanders has already gotten some vocal support from several indie-leaning musicians (Jeff Tweedy, Neil Young, Killer Mike, etc.) and this Tuesday and Wednesday at Baby's All Right in Brooklyn some musicians are banding together for a Sanders fundraiser.  More

Okkervil River Releases 1980s Covers EP, “Golden Opportunities 3”

It’s Beginning to Look a Lot Like Christmas!

Dec 19, 2013

As is their holiday tradition, Okkervil River has released a third installment of their Golden Opportunities cover EP series. More

Watch: Okkervil River - “Stay Young” Video

Dirt Bikes and Four-Wheelers

Oct 28, 2013

Okkervil River's new album The Silver Gymnasium centers its concept around the childhood memories of frontman Will Sheff.  More

Play the Okkervil River Video Game

Winners Get A Download EP

Oct 03, 2013

As previously announcedOkkervil River is transforming themselves into characters with their own video game. As of today, you can join their eight-bit world in all its wonder. More

Aug 26, 2013

After a multitude of insanely personal and creative pieces of promotion for the record's release, singer/songwriter Will Sheff and Okkervil River will finally release their much-anticipated new album The Silver Gymnasium next week on Sept. 3. More

Okkervil River Goes 8bit in RPG Video Game

Features Chiptune Versions of Songs From The Silver Gymnasium

Aug 21, 2013

Continuing to be quite creative in the promotional lead-up to his band's newest album The Silver Gymnasium, an album inspired by his childhood living in Meriden, NH, Okkervil River frontman Will Sheff has embraced his '80s childhood roots by developing his own 8bit video game. More

Aug 15, 2013

On Sept. 3 Okkervil River will release their latest LP The Silver Gymnasium, a record inspired by frontman Will Sheff's hometown of Meriden, NH. More

Listen: Okkervil River - “Stay Young”

Another Shared Track From The Silver Gymnasium

Aug 08, 2013

For the past several weeks Okkervil River frontman Will Sheff has been providing a more personalized touch to the promotion of his band's upcoming record The Silver Gymnasium, showing off childhood photos, playing in his old high school cafeteria, and creating an interactive map of his hometown, the setting of which served as the inspiration for the album. More

Jul 31, 2013

In the lead-up to Okkervil River's forthcoming album, The Silver Gymnasium, frontman Will Sheff has been providing fans a particularly intimate look into his years growing up in Meriden, NH. More

Listen: Okkervil River - “Down Down the Deep River”

With Interactive Map of Will Sheff's Hometown

Jul 17, 2013

Heading towards the release of their new album The Silver Gymnasium on Sept. 3, Okkervil River has shared another piece of the effort with the song "Down Down the Deep River." More

Watch: Okkervil River - “Lido Pier Suicide Car” (Instrumental Version) Video

Featuring Photos and Places From Will Sheff's Childhood

Jul 01, 2013

On Sept. 3 Okkervil River will release their newest LP The Silver Gymnasium. More

Jun 24, 2013

Austin ensemble Okkervil River have revealed new details pertaining to their forthcoming new album The Silver Gymnasium. More

Jun 17, 2013

Last week singer/songwriter Will Sheff and his Texan outfit Okkervil River announced that would soon be releasing their seventh studio album The Silver Gymnasium. More

Jun 10, 2013

Okkervil River has announced the release of their seventh studio album The Silver Gymnasium. More

Listen: Okkervil River – “It’ll Never Happen Again (Tim Hardin Cover)”

Reason To Believe: The Songs Of Tim Hardin Out 2/26 Via Full Time Hobby

Feb 22, 2013

As part of Full Time Hobby’s tribute to singer/songwriter Tim Hardin, Okkervil River covered his dark ode to addiction, “It’ll Never Happen Again.”  More

Jan 15, 2013

Okkervil River's Will Sheff has announced that he has begun a new solo project called Lovestreams. More

Nov 05, 2012

Despite having once written a song titled “The President’s Dead,” Okkervil River singer and songwriter Will Sheff says he hasn’t really written any songs that he considers to be overtly political. But as a keen observer of the spectacle of American politics, he isn’t shy about expressing his opinions on the role of music in social movements and the extent to which artists should be using their work to push for change. More

Protest Sign Auction Ends In One Hour!

Your Last Chance to Bid on Autographed Protest Signs Made by Tegan and Sara, Janelle Monáe, Death Cab, Dan Deacon, James Blake, The Drums, EMA, of Montreal, DIIV, Okkervil River, and others

Oct 23, 2012

Under the Radar magazine's Protest Auction ends in one hour at 2:00 p.m. EST. The auction features all of the autographed protest signs created by musicians for the magazine's The Protest Issue, which is on newsstands now. All profits will go to the War Child charity. Musicians who are taking part include Janelle Monáe, Death Cab for Cutie, Tegan and Sara, Dan Deacon, The Drums, of Montreal, DIIV, James Blake, Okkervil River, Tom Morello, Liars, Matthew Dear, Dum Dum Girls, EMA, Menomena, Amanda Palmer, Laetitia Sadier, Reggie Watts, Youth Lagoon, Zola Jesus, and many others. More

Protest Sign Auction Ends Tomorrow at 2:00 PM EST

Bid on Autographed Protest Signs Made by Tegan and Sara, Janelle Monáe, Death Cab, Dan Deacon, James Blake, The Drums, EMA, of Montreal, DIIV, James Blake, Okkervil River, and others

Oct 22, 2012

Under the Radar magazine's Protest Auction ends tomorrow, Tuesday at 2:00 p.m. EST. The auction features all of the autographed protest signs created by musicians for the magazine's The Protest Issue, which is on newsstands now. All profits will go to the War Child charity. Musicians who are taking part include Janelle Monáe, Death Cab for Cutie, Tegan and Sara, Dan Deacon, The Drums, of Montreal, DIIV, James Blake, Okkervil River, Tom Morello, Liars, Matthew Dear, Dum Dum Girls, EMA, Menomena, Amanda Palmer, Laetitia Sadier, Reggie Watts, Youth Lagoon, Zola Jesus, and many others. More

Bid on Autographed Protest Signs Made by Tegan and Sara, Janelle Monáe, Death Cab, and more

Protest Auction Ending Tuesday, Also Features Dan Deacon, James Blake, The Drums, EMA, of Montreal, DIIV, James Blake, Okkervil River, and others

Oct 21, 2012

Under the Radar magazine's Protest Auction is now on and ends Tuesday at 2:00 p.m. EST. The auction features all of the autographed protest signs created by musicians for the magazine's The Protest Issue, which is on newsstands now. All profits will go to the War Child charity. Musicians who are taking part include Janelle Monáe, Death Cab for Cutie, Tegan and Sara, Dan Deacon, The Drums, of Montreal, DIIV, James Blake, Okkervil River, Tom Morello, Liars, Matthew Dear, Dum Dum Girls, EMA, Menomena, Amanda Palmer, Laetitia Sadier, Reggie Watts, Youth Lagoon, Zola Jesus, and many others.

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“Obama: First Indie Rock President?” Protest Article Tackles Musicians’ Support of Obama

Kevin Barnes, Jello Biafra, Andrew Bird, Carl Newman, Will Sheff, and Tom Morello Discuss Obama's First Term and Musician Involvement in the Election

Sep 26, 2012

In Under the Radar's Protest Issue, which is on newsstands now, we examine the intersection of music and politics. The issue includes an article titled "Barack Obama: The First Indie Rock President?" in which we talk to of Montreal's Kevin BarnesDead Kennedys' Jello BiafraAndrew BirdThe New Pornographers' Carl NewmanOkkervil River's Will Sheff, and Rage Against the Machine's Tom Morello about President Barack Obama's first term, and the erosion in support from musicians versus the 2008 election. More

Under the Radar’s Protest Issue feat. Dan Deacon and Tegan & Sara covers hits newsstands next week!

Issue Also Features Ariel Pink, Passion Pit, Wild Nothing, Matthew Dear, Death Cab for Cutie, Janelle Monáe, Andrew Bird, The Drums, Tom Morello, Zola Jesus, Amanda Palmer, and much more

Aug 23, 2012

Under the Radar is pleased to share our election year Protest Issue for 2012, on newsstands next week, featuring two covers with Dan Deacon and Tegan and Sara. The issue features major stories on the music of Occupy and Gay musicians talking about current Queer issues. The issue is now available to buy in the digital/iPad format hereMore

Under the Radar Announces Best of 2011 Issue Featuring Three Covers: Bon Iver, M83, and The Horrors

Plus: Florence and the Machine, Beirut, PJ Harvey, Anna Calvi, SBTRKT, R.E.M., and more

Dec 23, 2011

Under the Radar's Best of 2011 Issue has shipped out to subscribers and will be hitting newsstands soon. The issue features three unique covers, each featuring an artist behind one of our Top 5 albums of the year: M83The Horrors, and Bon Iver. The issue also takes a look back at other artists who have made a splash in 2011, including BeirutAnna CalviEMAFlorence and the MachineGang Gang DanceNeon IndianPJ HarveyR.E.M.SBTRKT, Slow ClubSt. VincentSummer Camp, tUnE-yArDs, and Yuck. More

Nov 28, 2011

Okkervil River is offering fans an early stocking stuffer. Today the band released a free mixtape called Golden Opportunities 2More

The Digital Version of Under the Radar’s 10th Anniversary Issue Features 70 Extra Pages of Content

Includes Bonus Joanna Newsom vs. Robin Pecknold Interview, Plus Articles on The Dears, Dntel/The Postal Service, The Fiery Furnaces, of Montreal, Okkervil River, Saint Etienne, Elliott Smith, Sonic Youth, and more

Nov 23, 2011

The digital version of Under the Radar's 10th Anniversary Issue includes the same articles that appear in the printed version—plus 70 extra pages of editorial content not found in the print version, including extra full page photos, 13 bonus articles, and 11 bonus reviews. The digital version includes exclusive bonus articles on Arab Strap, Clinic, The Dears, The Delgados, DNTEL/The Postal Service, The Fiery FurnacesRobin Pecknold of Fleet Foxes vs. Joanna NewsomMogwai, of Montreal, Okkervil River, Saint EtienneElliott Smith, and Sonic Youth. More

Nov 10, 2011

Today Okkervil River debut the new video for “Your Past Life as a Blast” a cut from I Am Very Far. We have the clip.  More

Under the Radar Magazine Announces 10th Anniversary Issue Featuring Joanna Newsom and Fleet Foxes

Plus: Paul Rudd vs. The Divine Comedy, plus interviews with Broadcast, Grandaddy, The Flaming Lips, Bat For Lashes, Rilo Kiley, Broken Social Scene, and much more

Oct 19, 2011

Under the Radar is excited to announce the release of the indie music and entertainment print magazine’s 10th Anniversary Issue which hits newsstands next week. The extra-sized 10th Anniversary Issue features cover artists Joanna Newsom and Fleet Foxes Robin Pecknold together in an exclusive photo shoot and joint interview.  Exclusive video taken during the cover shoot of Robin Pecknold and Joanna Newsom arm wrestling can be found here More

Austin’s Fun Fun Fun Festival 2011 Lineup Announced

M83, Lykke Li, Odd Future, Reggie Watts, Passion Pit, and More

Aug 01, 2011

Today Austin's Fun Fun Fun Festival announced the lineup for this year's event, taking place November 4 - 6. More

Wye Oak Announce More Tour Dates

Opening Dates For The Decemberists, The National, Okkervil River and More

Jul 27, 2011

Wye Oak has announced more fall tour dates in support of March release, Civilian. More

Okkervil River Announces Additional Fall Tour Dates

“Your Past Life as a Blast” to be Released on 7”

Jul 06, 2011

Okkervil River have announced they will be extending their fall tour dates in support of their May release, I Am Very Far. More

Jun 22, 2011

Okkervil RiverThe Hold SteadyRa Ra Riot, and Wye Oak are among the first acts announced for the Truck America Music Festival. We have the details.  More

Under the Radar Charity Auction for Japan Ends Today at 10 a.m. PST and Features Okkervil River

Auction Also Features Surfer Blood and Owen Pallett, and Includes Signed Posters, Vinyl, Headphones, and a Guitar Donated by Hooray for Earth

May 12, 2011

Under the Radar magazine's online charity auction for the Japan relief effort ends today, Thursday, May 12, at 10 a.m. PST/1 p.m. EST. It's your last chance to get bids in to win an Under the Radar SXSW poster signed by all the artists who played our party, either a guitar autographed by Hooray for Earth or top-of-the-line headphones from Shure, plus 11 pieces of vinyl, 3 CDs, 1 cassette, 2 bags, and an Under the Radar subscription!

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Under the Radar Charity Auction for Japan Features Okkervil River, Owen Pallett, and others

Auction Also Features Surfer Blood and Menomena, and Includes Signed Posters, Vinyl, Headphones, and a Guitar Donated by Hooray for Earth

May 05, 2011

Under the Radar magazine is hosting an online charity auction for the Japan relief effort that starts today and features Okkervil River, Menomena, Owen Pallett, Telekinesis, Surfer Blood, Hooray for Earth, and Porcelain Raft. More

May 02, 2011

Okkervil River's upcoming full-length release, I Am Very Far, takes them down a new and bold songwriting route. More

Mar 25, 2011

The third day of Austin's infamous SXSW Music Festival included performances by Toro Y Moi, Still Corners, Puro Instinct, and more. More

Greetings from Under the Radar’s SXSW Party

Bands Record Exclusive Videos

Mar 21, 2011

During the two days of Under the Radar’s SXSW parties we recorded exclusive greetings from some of the artists playing. In case you missed them on our Twitter and Facebook feeds, we’ve collected them here.  More

Mar 01, 2011

With their upcoming album I Am Very Far scheduled for release on May 10, Okkervil River have announced a number of spring and summer tour dates. More

Arcade Fire Adds U.S. Tour Dates

Local Natives, Okkervil River Join Them on the Road

Feb 19, 2011

Fresh off their Grammy win for Album of the Year—which nearly caused a Twitter meltdown as a result of angry and/or confused tweeters—Arcade Fire is heading on the road for a full U.S. tour. More

Okkervil River Debut New Song On Jimmy Fallon

Will Sheff Writes Grammy Diary

Feb 16, 2011

When they stopped by Late Night With Jimmy Fallon last month, Okkervil River recorded a web-exclusive performance of previously un-released song, "Weave Room Blues.”  We have the video.  More

Under the Radar Announces Winter 2011 Issue and Death Cab for Cutie Cover

Issue Includes Interviews with R.E.M., Bright Eyes, The Decemberists, Cut Copy, Jens Lekman, Okkervil River, Panda Bear, Lykke Li, Iron and Wine, Elbow, Duran Duran, Destroyer, and more

Feb 11, 2011

Under the Radar’s Winter 2011 issue is about to hit stands. The cover features Death Cab for Cutie, who gave writer Matt Fink insight into the band’s forthcoming album, Codes and Keys (due out in May). The issue also includes interviews with Bright EyesBritish Sea PowerThe DearsThe DecemberistsDestroyerThe DodosDuran Duran,ElbowIron and WineLykke LiR.E.M.TelekinesisToro Y MoiThe AntlersThe Big PinkCymbals Eat GuitarsEdward Sharpe & The Magnetic Zeros, Jens LekmanOkkervil RiverPanda BearVivian GirlsAnna CalviPorcelain Raft, Smith Westerns, Yuck, and more.

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Jan 11, 2011

Okkervil River unleashed another preview of their forthcoming LP, I Am Very Far, in grand style last night on Jimmy Fallon, performing new single "Wake and Be Fine." We have the video. More

Okkervil River to Play Fallon Jan 10

Joined by A.C. Newman, Questlove, and Damon from The Roots

Jan 07, 2011

Today, Okkervil River’s Will Sheff confirmed that his band will be taking the stage at Late Night With Jimmy Fallon Monday, January 10. More

Arcade Fire, Florence and the Machine, and Black Keys Nominated For Grammys

Mumford & Sons, Okkervil River, and Goldfrapp, and Gorillaz Also Receive Nods

Dec 02, 2010

Last night, this year’s Grammy nominations were announced. Among the bevy of expected commercial artists (Hello Lady Gaga, Katy Perry and Eminem) a fair number of Under the Radar-friendly artists received recognition for their accomplishments More

Oct 30, 2009

This Saturday, PBS' Austin City Limits will premiere a performance of M. Ward and Okkervil River.  More

Aug 20, 2009

Pop-jazz pianist and chanteuse Norah Jones will release her fourth studio album this November on Blue Note records. Using the untitled album as a chance for musical experimentation, Jones enlisted songwriting assistance from both Ryan Adams and Okkervil River’s Will Sheff. Adding some production umph is Jacquire King—who has previously worked with Tom Waits and Modest Mouse. More

Coachella Set Times Finally Posted

Start Weeping About Set Time Clashes Now

Apr 14, 2009

The set times for Coachella have finally been posted to the festival website. With a nerve-shattering 3 days to go, festival goers can finally agonize over conflicts, geography and meal times. More


Interviews

Blue in a Red State: Learning to Live in an Us vs. Them Country

A Conversation with Cursive's Tim Kasher, The Mynabirds' Laura Burhenn, of Montreal's Kevin Barnes, Okkervil River's Will Sheff, and Shearwater's Jonathan Meiburg

Nov 10, 2016

There's a quote—now considered apocryphal—from legendary film critic Pauline Kael that for years stood as damning evidence of the extent to which people could exist in their own cultural and social bubbles.  More

A Season For Cynics: Musicians Contemplate a Lesser-of-Two-Evils Election

A Conversation with Billy Bragg, Deerhoof's Greg Saunier, Kristin Kontrol, Mew's Jonas Bjerre, Moby, Thurston Moore, Okkervil River's Will Sheff, Amanda Palmer, Henry Rollins, Shearwater's Jonathan Meiburg, Superchunk's Laura Ballance, and Andrew W.K

Nov 03, 2016

On July 11, 2016, Democratic nominee for president Bernie Sanders officially endorsed Hillary Clinton for president, thereby ending one of the unlikeliest campaigns in American political history. It had been a remarkable run for the 74-year-old Vermont senator, going from barely registering in national polls to running neck and neck with Clinton throughout much of the primary. And, if public statements and Twitter endorsements are to be believed, the world of indie rock stood almost unanimously in their support for him. Vampire Weekend, TV on the Radio, Grizzly Bear-all performed for Sanders at his rallies. Killer Mike of Run the Jewels filmed interviews with Sanders to help spread his message. More

Okkervil River

Just Right

Oct 13, 2016

When Will Sheff started writing the songs that would become Okkervil River's eighth full-length release, Away, everything seemed wrong. He had sat by his grandfather's side as he wasted away and died in a hospice.  More

Nov 05, 2012

Despite having once written a song titled “The President’s Dead,” Okkervil River singer and songwriter Will Sheff says he hasn’t really written any songs that he considers to be overtly political.  More

Okkervil River

Another Bad Movie

Sep 01, 2008

Okkervil River singer/guitarist Will Sheff is having more fun these days. Before 2005’s Black Sheep Boy charmed critics, he was seriously contemplating throwing in the towel. “Basically, I was broke,” he says from his home in Brooklyn. “I was totally broke, and I’d been broke for my entire adult life.” More

Jul 02, 2007

Few lyricists today weave a story as intricate and involving as Will Sheff, lead singer and songwriter (not to mention sole constant member) of Okkervil River. More


Reviews

Away

Away

ATO

Sep 07, 2016

Okkervil River hit the roll of their lives during the mid to late part of the '00s, with their albums captivating critics and fans alike. They were the unique act who broadened their fanbase while continuing to expand their artistic horizons, no easy task.  More

Black Sheep Boy (10th Anniversary Deluxe Edition)

Black Sheep Boy (10th Anniversary Deluxe Edition)

Jagjaguwar

Dec 04, 2015

Looking back with 10 years of hindsight, does Okkervil River's breakout on their third album Black Sheep Boy feel inevitable? The short answer is no, which is why the record maintains such a special place in the universe, and why, a decade later, it has received the deluxe reissue treatment.  More

The Silver Gymnasium

The Silver Gymnasium

ATO

Sep 03, 2013

Frontman Will Sheff has always sung with the conviction and passion of someone plumbing deep wounds, his voice cracking with the effort. Okkervil River's seventh full-length effort, The Silver Gymnasium, finds the band a little more controlled, the emotions a bit more corralled, more focused. More

I Am Very Far

I Am Very Far

Jagjaguwar

May 10, 2011

I Am Very Far continues Will Sheff and co.'s remarkable run of albums, one that finds them at peak form and threatens to put them in a class all their own. More

Shure Presents the Under the Radar SXSW 2011 Party Recap – Okkervil River and More

March 18th, 2011

Mar 28, 2011

We were pretty sure that people would show up to our Thursday SXSW party because of our exclusive set by Atlas Sound, and while we were confident that we had an equally strong lineup for our Friday party (which was presented by Shure), we still weren’t certain how many fans would show up. But our immediate concern at the start of the party was whether our first artist would make it in time (if at all). Porcelain Raft (aka Italian born, London-based, Mauro Remiddi) had underestimated how far his hotel was from our venue (The Flamingo Cantina), was running late, and had a dead cell-phone and thus no way to let us know that he was indeed on his way. Thankfully the charming Remiddi arrived with a thousand apologies 10 minutes before he was scheduled to perform and because he’s a one-man band, was pretty much ready to go on time. The crowd, by the way, was as healthy in numbers as the day before, with a to-capacity venue and a line down the block most of the day. More

Pop Lie (single)

Pop Lie (single)

Jagjaguwar

May 01, 2009

Not since Elvis Costello has any artist combined pop ferocity and magnetism with such challenging words. The standard rule is bitter and thoughtful = slow and delicate, but when artists escape that equation-when they recognize that smart people have blood in their veins too-they are justly hailed by their grateful minions in the press, like so: More

Coachella 2009 Day Three

April 19th, 2009

Apr 23, 2009

On day three of Coachella My Bloody Valentine threatened to burst a thousand eardrums. As we entered the festival site around 12:30 PM they were handing out complimentary earplugs in anticipation for the aural attack. Other highlights included a blood-splattered Fucked Up, an energetic Friendly Fires, and the incredibly strange Throbbing Gristle. More

The Launchpad, Albuquerque, NM

August 29th, 2007

Aug 30, 2007

Lowlights are a six-piece rock band that give off a folk/country vibe with a slight psychedelic tinge. I would compare them to contemporaries Oakley Hall, but with more of a haunting, low-key Western feel than the Brooklyn band. More