Entries tagged with: Okkervil River
"When I was making Black Sheep Boy, I felt like it was good, and I was confident that it was gonna be the best record that I'd made. That said, I didn't expect for it to be successful, necessarily"
photo: Okkervil River @ Bowery Ballroom, 11/22/15 (more by Amanda Hatfield)
Realizing that 2005 was ten years ago is a kind of strange, almost surreal moment. Maybe it's aging that gives time a more abbreviated characteristic or perhaps the fact that more things come into our lives to reduce what were the seemingly endless spaces between moments of significance in our youth. Because of that, timelessness and all that comes with the word in the context of art becomes a rare commodity. One of the more recent examples came just a decade ago by way of the Austin-based Okkervil River's third full-length, Black Sheep Boy. An eleven-song course through the mind of its fictional title character, the album was released to nearly universal acclaim with vocalist/guitarist Will Sheff offering his most unapologetically earnest narrative. In 2015, the band played the album in full on tour in support of a 10th anniverary reissue. That included three nights at Bowery Ballroom.
A story told from the mind of a character based partially in fiction and partially in what at the time was the crippling reality of addiction and heartbreak for the band members, the vulnerability paired alongside Okkervil River's confrontational type of folk rock made Black Sheep Boy one of the genre's most compelling albums since Wilco's Yankee Hotel Foxtrot, an album still considered as one of the 21st century's greatest musical achievements. I recently spoke with Sheff over the phone about the album's significance to him now and what changes and what also stays the same in the course of ten years.
BV: After ten years, do you view Black Sheep Boy in a different light than you did when you first wrote those songs?
Will: Well, it's an interesting question because as simple as it seems I don't know really know the answer. So much has happened since then. When I was making Black Sheep Boy, I felt like it was good, and I was confident that it was gonna be the best record that I'd made. That said, I didn't expect for it to be successful, necessarily. I didn't really know what to expect. It was kind of just a last try in my mind at that point. I thought it was good at the time. I guess if it was some album that I didn't think was good, and then I changed my mind and then thought it was good, then maybe so. You have a really difficult or different relationship with this stuff when it's your own work. I remember writing those songs, and I remember recording them, and I remember all the songs that I didn't record, and I remember all the guitar parts that we didn't use for one solo section of a song, so that album means something slightly different for me than maybe it does to somebody who didn't experience all of that. But I will tell you that going back listening to it, and I usually don't listen to my own records that much, and I don't think that's very uncommon at all, because like I said, if you live through it, and you go through every little bit, it's like listening to work, and you're really familiar with it anyway, and you don't need to refer back to it. But after ten years passes, you do come back to it, and you do that with a new perspective, so in the process of approving masters and re-learning these songs and everything, I did feel kind of happy with my younger self on some levels. Everything I've ever done, there's some part that I probably wouldn't have done like that. I didn't feel a desire to reach back in time to fix it or make some little tweaks.
Cass McCombs, Jana Hunter (Lower Dens), Will Sheff (Okkervil River), Gang Gang Dance, Kevin Devine, MAS YSA, Frankie Cosmos, Spirit Family Reunion, and many more will be performing as part of a two-night fundraiser for Democratic presidential hopeful Bernie Sanders. "Brooklyn is Berning! - 2 Nights of Music and Culture" happens at Baby's All Right on January 5 & 6. Tickets are $30 for each night (or $100 a night as a "Super Supporter") or $150 for both days as a Super Supporter.
Here are the daily lineups and set times:
TUESDAY, JANUARY 5They're promising special appearances too -- maybe Sanders himself? Full lineup of "Brooklyn is Berning" is listed below...
Jana Hunter - (Set time: 11:30 PM)
Frankie Cosmos - (Set time: 10:50 PM)
Kevin Devine - (Set time: 10:10 PM)
Jamie Kilstein - (Set time: 9:35 PM)
Will Sheff of Okkervil River - (Set time: 9:00 PM)
Dead Heavens - (Set time: 8:20 PM)
Spirit Family Reunion - (Set time: 7:40 PM)
Kat Wright & Brett Hughes - (Set time: 7:00 PM)
DJ Hiro Kone - (Set time: 6:00 PM)
* DJ Tommie Sunshine between sets
WEDNESDAY, JANUARY 6
DJ Gang Gang Dance (Liz B and BDG) - (Set time: 11:15 PM)
WET - (Set time: 10:45 PM)
Cass McCombs & The Chapin Sisters - (Set time: 9:45 PM)
Dee Dee of Dum Dum Girls - (Set time: 9:00 PM)
Mas Ysa - (Set time: 8:15 PM)
Pants Velour - (Set time: 7:30 PM)
DJ Stretch Armstrong - (Set time: 6:00 PM)
* DJ Moses Archuleta (of Deerhunter) between sets
photos by Amanda Hatfield, words by Andrew Sacher
Okkervil River are celebrating the 10th anniversary of their best album Black Sheep Boy with a reissue (due 12/4 via Jagjaguwar) and a tour that has them playing the album in full. They're currently in the midst of a three-night run at NYC's Bowery Ballroom that wraps up tonight (11/23). We caught last night's show.
Will Sheff opened with a few solo acoustic versions of songs that came out before Black Sheep Boy and talked a bit about their early days, and then the rest of the band came out to perform the album front to back. These shows were already going to be special, but it got even more special when Black Sheep Boy era member (and Shearwater frontman) Jonathan Meiburg joined them on "Black" and stayed for the rest of the set. Plus for the next song ("Get Big"), Will's girlfriend and frequent collaborator Beth Wawerna of Bird of Youth joined them on harmonies and stayed for several others too. They played the album exactly the way you'd want to hear it, with all the beauty and raggedy edges it has on record. Nostalgia for this type of thing has been hitting pretty hard lately (or hitting me, at least). Enough time has passed and "indie" has gone through enough changes that I kinda miss the era when that genre was often associated music that's a little folky but rooted in punk's energy, and fleshed out by unconventional (for rock) instrumentation. Black Sheep Boy is certainly a classic of that era, and last night's show had all those elements coming together: pounding drums, Will rambunctiously bringing his sing to a shout, trumpets, violins, mandolins, organs, slide guitar, the works. You could tell the band (and the packed crowd) was having a great time playing these songs, and they sounded as fresh last night as they did ten years ago.
Will & Jonathan
They left the stage after Black Sheep Boy closer "A Glow" and returned for an encore that had them playing the entire Black Sheep Boy Appendix EP, which came out a few months after the album and included material from its sessions. The whole show (which had no opener) lasted just about two hours.
More pictures from Okkervil River at Bowery night 2, below...
Robyn & Eugene Mirman (via Robyn's Facebook)
As mentioned, Robyn Hitchcock is playing NYC's City Winery on November 20. There are still a few tickets left for that 7 PM show but Robyn has now added a late show (10 PM) that same night. Tickets for the late show are on sale now.
Robyn will also be performing at the next edition of Wesley Stace's vaudevillian Cabinet of Wonders which happens at City Winery on October 9. Also appearing: Dave Hill, Kelly Link, Eugene Mirman, poet Tom Sleigh, Emma Swift, The Dead Milkmen's Joe Jack Talcum and Loudon Wainwright III. Tickets are on sale now.
The November edition of Cabinet of Wonders happens 11/18 at City Winery and is with Advance Base, Tanya Donelly, Jon Glaser, The Barenaked Ladies' Steven Page, Okkervil River's Will Sheff and Bobby Tisdale. Tickets for that show are on sale as well.
All Robyn Hitchcock dates are listed below...
photo: Okkervil River at Grand Central in 2013 (more by Fred Pessaro)
Okkervil River are playing their beloved 2005 album Black Sheep Boy on tour later this year for its 10th anniversary. The tour already includes NYC shows on November 21 & 22 at Bowery Ballroom, both of which are sold out, but now includes a third show for November 23 at the same venue. Tickets for the newly-added show go on sale Friday (10/2) at noon.
Updated dates are listed, with a video of the band playing Black Sheep Boy highlight "Black" live in 2008, below...
Okkervil River are, as mentioned, going on a short tour in support of the 10th anniversary of their 2005 album Black Sheep Boy, where they'll play that LP in full. The November 21 show at Bowery Ballroom sold out, so they've added a second Black Sheep Boy show at Bowery Ballroom on November 22. Tickets for that second show go on sale Friday (9/18) at noon with an AmEx presale starting Wednesday (9/16) at noon.
The three-LP 10th Anniversary edition of Black Sheep Boy is out December 4 via Jagjaguwar. Updated tour dates are listed below...
photo: Okkervil River at Grand Central in 2013 (more by Fred Pessaro)
Okkervil River's most classic album Black Sheep Boy turns 10 this year, and in celebration of that they're releasing a three-LP set of the album, the Black Sheep Boy Appendix, and a previously-unreleased covers album There Swims A Swan. It was made during the Black Sheep Boy era and includes a over of Tom House's "I'm in Love with Susan Smith," which you can stream below.
The band will also play the album and the appendix in full on tour this fall in support of the reissue. The tour hits NYC on November 21 at Bowery Ballroom. Tickets for that show go on sale Friday (9/11) at noon with an AmEx presale starting today (9/9) at noon.
All dates are listed below...
by Bill Pearis
Will Oldham in 'Eden' / Will Sheff's directorial debut 'Down Down the Deep River'
The Rural Route Film Festival happens this weekend (July 24-26) at The Museum of the Moving Image. Now in its 11th year, the fest showcases "international films that take the road less traveled. This year's focus will be on bold, independent women behind and in front of the camera." Music is an element, too, and figures into a couple of the RRFF's events. On Saturday (7/25) it's the world premiere Down Down the Deep River, the directorial debut of Okkervil River's Will Sheff. Sheff will be on hand for the screening, playing a short set before the 42-minute film and participating in a Q&A afterward. Tickets are on sale and here's the synopsis:
The sci-fi fantasy world of two bullied sixth-grade boys invades reality and changes their lives forever. An explosion of the music video into a narrative film, Down Down the Deep River grew out of the recent work of acclaimed indie band Okkervil River, and directed by front man Will Sheff. The song of the same name appears in multiple incarnations throughout the film, interpreted in '80s appropriate styles (New Wave, soft rock, rap). A poetic, abstract tribute to classic children's fantasy films, Down Down the Deep River was shot in and around Sheff's hometown in rural New Hampshire and stars local actors.Then on Sunday (7/26) it's Elise DuRant's new feature Eden which stars Will Oldham:
Nine-year-old Alma is forced to leave Mexico with her artifact-smuggling father, John (played by Will Oldham). Years later, after her father's death, she returns to Mexico to confront the man responsible for their emigration. But she finds more than she was looking for, in the form of a new cultural identity and old secrets that are revealed. This sensitively depicted, personal exploration of the ties-that-bind--to family or country--is a film about our search for roots and a sense of belonging and the love and loss that accompanies this search.Preceding the screening will be a performance by Mariachi Flor de Toloache, "the first and only established all-female mariachi band." Director DuRant will be on hand for a Q&A after the film. Tickets are on sale.
You can check out the full list of Rural Route Film Festival screens over at Museum of the Moving Image's website.
Dave Derby, former Dambuilder and current mastermind behind New York's ever-rotating outfit Gramercy Arms seem to have a thing for love. Last year the band dropped The Seasons of Love and now Dave is putting together the NYC edition of long-running post-Valentine's Day tradition "The Love Hangover" at Bowery Electric on February 15. Tickets for the show are available now.
If you're unfamiliar, The Love Hangover features "the world-weary and the true believers alike huddle in pairs, playing songs to heal broken hearts and break whole ones." The NYC edition features a lot of Gramercy Arms-related pairings:
Dave Derby (Gramercy Arms) & Renee LoBue (Elk City, Melting Hopefuls)The next night, Will Sheff will also be DJing the front room Baby's All Right on February 16, which is free.
Kendall Meade (Mascott) & Doug Gillard (Death of Samantha, GBV, Nada Surf)
Will Sheff (Okkervil River) & Beth Wawerna (Bird of Youth)
Lisa Clair & Benjamin Cartel (Kaiser Cartel)
Michael Aranella & Alan Cary (Dreamland Orchestra)
Alison Tusick & Richard Alwyn
In related news, Nada Surf frontman Matthew Caws (who sings on The Seasons of Love) will feature on the first of Kevin Devine's split 7" series where Devine teams with artists to cover each other's songs. The first split, out February 24 via Kevin's Devinyl Records, has Caws covering Devine's "Fiscal Cliff" and Devine covering Nada Surf's "Inside of Love," which you can stream (via AV Club) below.
Will Sheff getting ready to drone at Death by Audio in October (via BV Instagram)
Okkervill River frontman, former Shearwater member, Roky Erickson collaborator, Rock*A*Teens superfan, and all around cool guy Will Sheff will play a one-off NYC show TONIGHT (11/13) at Manhattan Inn (632 Manhattan Ave in Brooklyn) which starts at 11:30 PM and is totally FREE. He's promising brand new material and special guests.
Will's last NYC appearance was during the 24-hour drone marathon at Death by Audio in late October where the above picture was taken. DbA only has 10 nights left before closing. Dan Deacon plays tonight.
Watch a video of Will playing solo on a CBS morning show below...
photos by Gretchen Robinette
The Rock*A*Teens @ LPR 8/10/2014
I often make the outrageous drunken claim that the Rock*A*Teens were the best rock and roll band of the 1990s. It's sort of ridiculous to say, but as I write this sentence stone sober and drinking a glass of juice, I still kind of believe it. I keep waiting to not believe it, as I very frequently don't believe all kinds of outrageous claims that I make, but I just cross-referenced with all the other 1990s rock and roll bands in my iTunes (we're talking bands here, not singer-songwriters - and rock, not hip-hop which I think was way more important than rock in the 90s anyway) and I'm pretty much ready to double down; this disastrously scrappy Atlanta band with their not-very-good-sounding recordings and their name half-swiped from a 50's rockabilly outfit were...okay, let's not say the "best," because I don't really believe there's any objective truth when it comes to evaluating music - let's say they were my favorite. They had more great records than Nirvana (although no defining masterpiece), were (a tiny bit) smarter and had more at stake than Pavement, were more consistent than Guided By Voices, and had better all-around songs than Galaxie 500. So, though I love all those other bands, I'm going with them.Okkervil River's Will Sheff got to fulfill a fan's dream of opening for his '90s heroes The Rock*A*Teens who reformed for Merge Records' 25th Anniversary last month. The Le Poisson Rouge show on Monday (8/10) was the second of their two NYC show (the first was at Glasslands). Before this tour, the band hadn't played live in 13 years but frontman Chris Lopez is still a howlin' sweaty true-believer as these photos attest. Other superfans in the audience: AC Newman (New Pornographers), Matthew Caws (Nada Surf), and Chunklet founder Henry Owings.
- Will Sheff
As for Sheff, his band included Takka Takka drummer and National sometimes-co-drummer Conrad Doucette and Craig Montoro on bass and the set included Okkervil River songs plus a Rock*A*Teens cover.. Will's girlfriend, Beth Wawerna, is also a huge R*A*T fan and her band Bird of Youth (named after R*A*T's 2000 album, Sweet Bird of Youth) opened the Glasslands show. Pictures of Will's LPR set and more of Rock*A*Teens' (we missed opener Ricer) are below...
photos by Kyle Dean Reinford; words by Bill Pearis
Bob Mould / Ted Leo / AC Newman @ HiFi, 5/17/2014
Back in the '90s, most up-and-coming indie rock bands touring through NYC played either Mercury Lounge or Brownies. Mike Stuto started booking shows there in 1994, and became co-owner in 1998. (Full disclosure: I've known Mike from before his Brownies days, and the club was the first place I saw a show when I moved to NYC.) Pretty much everybody played there and it was the site of the infamous 1998 show by The Fall that ended in an onstage brawl, with frontman Mark E. Smith arrested. When the club closed in 2002, Stuto turned Brownies into HiFi, a bar with no live music but with a digital jukebox that, at the time (iPods were still a novelty), had an astounding number of songs.
HiFi underwent renovations last fall, adding a small performance room in the back with a bar, and a DJ booth to the front. With the 20th anniversary of his association with 169 Ave A, there was an invite-only "20 Years of Stuto" party at HiFi last Saturday (5/17) that doubled as a benefit for longtime bartender Rhea Buckner who has been battling cancer and incurred a lot of debt from it. You can donate too.
The evening featured a lot of live music, and all the acts had played at Brownies at one point or another. After an opening set from NYC vet Don Piper, we got Boy Morgan (which includes members of Robbers on High Street) who played some of their own '60s-leaning material before inviting up a host of guest vocalists: Will Sheff of Okkervil River did Nick Lowe's "Cruel to Be Kind," AC Newman of New Pornographers did Wings' "Mrs. Vanderbilt" which was then followed by Ted Leo doing another Wings' song, knocking out "Band on the Run." Newman remarked, "New Pornographers' first New York show was here, as was my son's first birthday party."
Next up was former Soul Coughing frontman Mike Doughty, which was followed by a short set from Ted Leo who told the crowd he probably wouldn't still be making music if it wasn't for Brownies' support and brought out the Pharmacists for a couple songs as well. Leo also brought up Stuto to do Elvis Costello's "Pump it Up" with the band.
Then out came Bob Mould who, even though it was just him and his electric guitar, was insanely, ear-bleedingly loud. I think his amp only has two settings: on or off. In addition to playing Sugar's "Hoover Dam" and "If I Can't Change Your Mind," we got a couple songs from his soon-to-be-released Beauty & Ruin. Then he brought back out Ted Leo + Pharmacists for a ripping rendition of Stiff Little Fingers' "Suspect Device."
The night's music ended with a set from Saratoga Springs power pop trio The Figgs who were the first band Stuto booked at Brownies. Their set also included some guests: Ben Smith (The Brought Low/Sweet Diesel) sang Small Faces' "Song Of A Baker," Jesse Malin (D Generation) sang the Stones' "Do Do Do Do Do (Heartbreaker)" and Steve Wynn (Dream Syndicate/Baseball Project) and his wife, Linda Pitmon (on drums) came out for a cover of Lou Reed's "Coney Island Baby."
It was a very fun night and pictures from all the above are in this post. As mentioned, HiFi is hosting live music now in its very small (35 capacity) back room, nothing with drums and nothing as loud as Bob Mould. They host readings and other performances too and you can check their schedule here.
More pics from Saturday's party below...
Bonnaroo 2013 (more by Katherine Hansen)
As mentioned, Bonnaroo 2014 happens June 12 - 15 in Manchester, TN. The fest has already been dropping hints as to who's going to play this year (Kanye and Elton John seem likely as headliners) but will finally spill the beans tonight via a web show called "Blam!" which airs at 9 PM EST on Bonnaroo.com (or an Xbox app). (Maybe you watched last year's with Weird Al Yankovich and Portugal the Man.) This year's announcement special is hosted by SNL's Taran Killam and Broad City's Hannibal Buress, with a "superjam" between The Flaming Lips and Ben Folds.
There's also a pre-Blam! web event from 7 - 9 PM EST featuring live cover song performances from Tenacious D, Kings Of Leon, Phish, My Morning Jacket, and others.
Or you can just check back here: we'll have the full Bonnaroo 2014 line-up in this post once its announced.
UPDATE (9 PM): Lineup now being announced and includes Kanye West, Elton John, Vampire Weekend, Nick Cave and the Bad Seeds, Arctic Monkeys, Phoenix, Mastodon, Frank Ocean, The Flaming Lips, Neutral Milk Hotel, Meshuggah, Damon Albarn, Disclosure, Broken Bells, James Blake, Lionel Ritchie, Jack White, Deafheaven, Janelle Monae, CHVRCHES, Darkside, Phosphorescent, Cloud Nothings, Danny Brown, Cut Copy, Typhoon, Sam Smith, Pusha T, Warpaint, Those Darlins, Cass McCombs, Lauryn Hill, Chromeo, Dr. Dog, The Bouncing Souls, Classixx, First Aid Kit, Fitz and the Tantrums, Chance the Rapper, Ice Cube, Caveman, Washed Out, Real Estate, Rudimental, Ty Segall, Polica, A$AP Ferg, Little Dragon, Omar Souleyman, Lucero, Goat, Okkervil River, Jonathan Wilson, Wiz Khalifa, The Avett Brothers and MANY more.
Tickets go on sale Saturday (2/22) at noon.
Full lineup (spoiler: no Outkast) below...
Phosphorescent at Rough Trade NYC (more by Amanda Hatfield)
8-bit Will Sheff
If there's one thing Portland's Red Fang are known for, apart from monster riffs, it's their love of beer. With that in mind, the band are promoting their upcoming, Chris Funk-produced album, Whales and Leeches (out 10/15 on Relapse), with an online game where you, virtually, chug as much beer as possible while listening to songs from the new record. It's no Tapper, but if you're looking to kill a few minutes before you leave work and kill a few real beers, it'll do. Red Fang will be touring and in NYC with Cancer Bats in December and beyond. Updated dates are listed below.
If you're looking for a more nuanced album-tie-in gaming experience, Will Sheff helped created a videogame that compliments Okkervil River's new album, The Silver Gymnasium, a record inspired by the singer's '80s childhood. Paying homage to such games as Leisure Suit Larry and Maniac Mansion, the online adventure game features 8-bit versions of songs from the album and text by Sheff and co-creater Benjamin Miles. It's a multi-chaptered game with new chapters coming out every two weeks. You can play it here. Okkervil River's tour hit NYC last week (9/26) at Terminal 5.
Red Fang dates below...
Drumgasm, the percussive alternative supergroup of Janet Weiss (Sleater Kinney, Wild Flag, Quasi), Matt Cameron (Pearl Jam, Soundgarden), and Zach Hill (Death Grips, Hella), are streaming their self titled album at SPIN.
Texas garage punks Bad Sports (members of OBN IIIs) are streaming their new album, Bras, at SPIN.
Torres in Austin in June (more by Tim Griffin)
Grungy folk singer Torres recently wrapped up a tour with Lady Lamb (which didn't hit NYC, but it did hit Austin, as pictured above), and later this year, she'll head out as a support act on Okkervil River's tour. She's not listed as an opener for Okkervil River's previously discussed NYC show at Terminal 5 on 9/26 (Black Joe Lewis and Pickwick are though), but she opens many of the surrounding dates and is set to play her own NYC show the day before that at Glasslands (9/25). Tickets for the Glasslands show are on sale now. All Torres dates are listed below.
Since we last spoke, Okkervil River expanded their tour to include many more dates, and announced that the tour is in support of a new album, The Silver Gymnasium, which is due out on September 3 via ATO. Updated dates are listed, along with streams of two tracks from that album, below.
by Andrew Sacher
Okkervil River at Grand Central in April (more by Fred Pessaro)
Austin folk rockers Okkervil River were in NYC back in April for a show at Grand Central Terminal, and they've just announced that they'll return to the city for a show at a more traditional venue on September 26 at Terminal 5 with Black Joe Lewis & the Honeybears and Pickwick. A full tour hasn't been announced but the show falls in between their appearances at Boston Calling and ACL Fest, so it wouldn't be surprising if one is announced soon. Tickets For the T5 show go on sale Friday (6/7) at noon.
Seattle's Pickwick were recently in NYC for a sold-out Mercury Lounge show with Basia Bulat (which Pickwick headlined), and they released their debut album, Can't Talk Medicine, earlier this year. It features a cover of Richard Swift's "Lady Luck" with guest vocals from Sharon Van Etten, plus twelve original tracks of soul-inspired twang-rock. You can watch the video for "Lady Luck," along with a stream of the entire album, below.
rainy Saturday at Boston Calling Music Festival (via Kevin Begley)
The first-ever Boston Calling Music Festival went down over the weekend (5/25-26) at Boston's City Hall Plaza. It was headlined by The National (whose Aaron Dessner also curated it, and who just did lots of album celebrating in NYC), and also included sets by The National's tourmates Dirty Projectors, The Shins (who also played a NYC show this past weekend), The Walkmen (who play a free show during Northside), Youth Lagoon (who open The National's Barclays Center show), and more.
Despite the rain and cold temperatures we were faced with over the weekend, the inaugural festival still seemed to be a success and festival organizers have already announced that Boston Calling will return this fall on September 7 and 8. The fall lineup is being headlined by Vampire Weekend on the Saturday, along with sets by Local Natives, The Gaslight Anthem, Bat For Lashes, Deer Tick, Okkervil River, and more; and headlined by Passion Pit on the Sunday, along with sets from Kendrick Lamar, Major Lazer, Solange, Flosstradamus, Flume, and more. Full lineup below (via Pitchfork).
Early bird 2-day passes go on sale Friday (5/31) at 10 AM and single day tickets go on sale June 7.
Both Local Natives and Kendrick Lamar also play NYC festival Governors Ball in June, which is only one of Kendrick's upcoming festival appearances in the NYC-area. Vampire Weekend and Solange play a NYC show together, and Solange also plays a free show during Northside. Major Lazer and Flosstradamus will hit NYC for their Mad Decent Block Party. And The Gaslight Anthem play two NYC shows this summer too.
Full Boston Calling fall lineup and flyer below...
by Fred Pessaro // BBG
A giant marble room is a bit of an odd space for a band with amplifiers, but last night (4/8) that was the setting for an Okkervil River show at Grand Central Terminal (yes, the train depot). The Austin-based band played to the historic room for a show sponsored by Jack Daniels as part of the #JackLIVE series, a set of free shows across the country open to the public and featuring free booze and, at least in tonight's case, pizza. Yum.
But back to the show, Will Sheff acknowledged the echo-i-ness of a room of that make, and as such played "quiet" songs for a good portion of the set (quipping, "though I guess quiet is all relative"). Yet despite a predominantly gentle show, Sheff belted out vocals as he does best, as hard as he can.... as bulging neck veins and spittle caught in the stage lighting can attest.
More pictures and setlist from last night are below.
DOWNLOAD: Lovestreams - "Shock Corridor" (MP3)
Will Sheff at SXSW 2012 (more by Tim Griffin)
Jack Daniel's is "serving up great whiskey and great live music at legendary American Landmarks" with their new concert series. You can click that link to find the closest one to you (it happens in NYC, San Diego, San Antonio, and LA) and for those in NYC, you'll get yours on April 8 at Grand Central Terminal with Okkervil River. It opens at 6:30 and you'll have to enter Jack Daniel's contest to get in.
Okkervil River don't have any other shows announced at the moment. Meanwhile, listen to the track "Shock Corridor" from frontman Will Sheff's new solo project, Lovestreams, below, or download it above.
Obama hugs Bruce Springsteen (pre-election night)
A selection of tweets reacting to Obama's big win last night....
":)" - Grizzly Bear
"YES" - Amanda Palmer
"yeah!!!!" - Laurel Halo
"FUCK YES" - HEALTH
"fuck yeah." - Colin Meloy
"FUCK YEAH AMERICA!!! #OBAMA" - King Tuff
photos by Tim Griffin
Daniel Johnston @ The Belmont on 3/13
"A packed house of fans and well-wishers turned out to the Belmont Lounge Tuesday night for an official South by Southwest showcase to celebrate the release of Daniel Johnston's new graphic novel, "Space Ducks: An Infinite Comic Book of Musical Greatness." The event, which was hosted by Brooklyn Vegan, included performances by Built to Spill, Will Sheff of Okkervil River, R. Stevie Moore, Kimya Dawson and Johnston himself. Alex Maas of Black Angels, Matt Vasquez of Delta Spirit and Irish folk singer Foy Vance all each performed Johnston covers before the renowned songwriter took the stage.We kicked off SXSW in style Tuesday night, our first of three official BrooklynVegan showcases at the Austin festival this year, with six hours of music including "special guest" Caveman who we couldn't announce due to another show they had to play that night. Dinosaur Feathers began things right at 8pm.
Nearly all who performed had some accolades to offer Johnston, the legendarily troubled outsider artist-turned-indie rock darling whose notoriety was cemented by Kurt Cobain when the Nirvana frontman famously wore a T-shirt of the cover to Johnston's album, Hi, How Are You?. [Hollywood Reporter]
It was all in celebration of "Space Ducks" which is out now as a Boom Comics graphic novel, and as a FREE iPad app you can download now, new Daniel Johnston music and tributes included (the soundtrack will get a physical release in a few weeks). Props to the team at Wieden + Kennedy for helping Daniel create something so cool with his art, and to Search Party, Primary Wave, Strike Team, Eternal Yip Eye Music, all the artists who played, and everyone else that helped us make the Tuesday night show and comic happen.
Almost everyone on the bill covered a Daniel Johnston song, and many came back to join Daniel on "True Love Will Find You in the End." Jeffrey Lewis, with help from Kimya (collectively they are the Bundles), debuted new song "Space Ducks" which Jeffrey wrote for the app at our request. New DJ-inspired songs are unlocked after you work your way through the Space Ducks galaxy. There are also songs in the app, co-curated by Search Party, by Deer Tick, Eleanor Friedberger, Lavender Diamond, and others.
Built to Spill closed down the outdoor show beautifully; it was just too bad that Austin has a 2am curfew...
Co-headliners Built to Spill couldn't begin their set until 1:15, and frontman Doug Martsch vowed to "play until they make us stop," which was going to be 2:00 regardless. It's a common rock show cliché, but true to their word, they kept going until the Belmont's people had to get on the sound system to tell them to stop, prompting a chorus of boos. But the elder indie statesmen were still able to cap it off by driving through an extended version of "Conventional Wisdom," effectively ensuring everyone would still be going home happy." [IDSNews]Here's a set of pictures from the special evening (and we have a second set coming soon on BV Austin. UPDATE: here they are). More below...
Okkervil River (more by Joshua Mellin)
now with Okkervil River....
We're excited to announce that Austin's own Okkervil River has been added to the Saturday lineup of Hotel Vegan @ Hotel Vegas (1500 East 6th St, Austin, TX)! Consider them a BV Austin-presented special set to help close us down in style. Will Sheff, who also played our Tuesday night Daniel Johnston tribute, and crew, will be the last band on our main stage and play as the final band of the day and week @bvSXSW. So now Saturday looks like this:
Saturday, March 17, 2012All this 100% free, and meanwhile... it's still Friday, so if you're in Austin get over to Hotel Vegan (where we're also serving free drinks courtesy of Hobnob Wines & Original Moonshine. Austin's own The Black Angels are our last band of today. See you there!
Stage 1 (Hotel Vegas Outside)
12:00 Field Report
12:45 Ivan & Alyosha
1:30 Father John Misty (J Tilman, ex-Fleet Foxes)
2:15 J. Roddy Walston
4:00 Heartless Bastards
5:00 Diamond Rugs (John McCauley of Deer Tick w/ members of Los Lobos, Black Lips & more)
6:00 Okkervil River (JUST ADDED)
Stage 2 (Hotel Vegas Inside) (hip hop stage)
12:15 - Lushlife
01:00 - Main Attrakionz
01:45 - Cadence Weapon
02:30 - Rittz
03:15 - Fat Tony
04:00 - Spaceghostpurrp
04:45 - Mr. Muthafuckin' eXquire
05:30 - Action Bronson
Stage 3 (Volstead)
12:00 - Patrolled By Radar
1:00 - Emily Wells
2:00 - Phantom Family Halo
2:45 - Lumerians
3:30 - Hundred Visions
4:15 - Pond (mem. of Tame Impala)
5:00 - GUARDS
Friday and Saturday flyers below....