April 26, 2011
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Emerson Brown, NPR


   

OKKERVIL RIVER DEBUTS NEW ALBUM DURING LIVE VIDEO WEBCAST FROM NPR MUSIC AND KUT AUSTIN, WEDNESDAY, APRIL 27, AT 7PM (ET)

"FIRST LISTEN LIVE" CONCERT PRESENTS PREVIEW OF NEW ALBUM, "I AM VERY FAR," FROM KUT'S CACTUS CAFE

NPR Music and KUT Austin will video webcast a surprise concert from acclaimed indie band Okkervil River tomorrow, Wednesday, April 27, at 7PM (ET) at www.npr.org/music and www.kut.org The NPR Music "First Listen Live" presents Okkervil River's first live performance of its upcoming album "I Am Very Far."

The Austin-based band will play in front of a hometown crowd at KUT's legendary local venue, The Cactus Cafe. For fans that happen to be in the area, a limited number of tickets will be available through KUT on-air giveaways and through KUT social media channels (Twitter and Facebook).

Hosted by KUT, the intimate concert and accompanying live stream is the first opportunity to hear the album before its release on May 10. "I Am Very Far" comes on the heels of the group's 2010 collaboration with psychedelic rock pioneer Roky Erikson, "True Love Cast Out All Evil" which landed on many critics' top 10 lists and is its first new album in three years.

The live video webcast will be available here: www.npr.org/2011/04/25/135715889/first-listen-live-okkervil-river-debuts-new-album Following the live performance, the entire concert will be archived at www.npr.org/music and www.kut.org

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About KUT
For more than 50 years, KUT 90.5, listener-supported public radio from Austin, Texas, has striven to be the most trusted radio source for news and music in Central Texas. A founding member of NPR, KUT established a news department in 2002. Since then, KUT News has won more than 50 state, national and international awards for journalistic excellence. KUT is nationally known for playing a unique blend of handpicked, homegrown and uniquely Austin music. Its signature music journalism unit, Texas Music Matters, uses the highest standards of public radio journalism to report on Texas music. The station relies on individuals and local businesses for more than 85 percent of its operating budget with 100 percent of those contributions going directly to programming and broadcasting expenses. For more information, go to www.kut.org.