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Okkervil River

Okkervil River.
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Okkervil River.
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Concerts

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June 3, 2011 Hear a show from the Austin indie-rock band, recorded live at World Cafe Live in Philadelphia.

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Okkervil River performing at KUT's Cactus Cafe.

April 27, 2011 Watch the band perform I Am Very Far from KUT's Cactus Cafe.

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April 9, 2009 In the midst of painted trees and an overseeing owl, the focus of the night was clearly Neko Case.

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September 30, 2007 Hear the Austin art-rock group Okkervil River recorded live in concert from Washington, D.C.

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Studio Sessions

Lead singer Will Sheff (above center) and Okkervil River.

March 28, 2014 The Austin band plays songs from its new album, The Silver Gymnasium, on today's Vintage Cafe.

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Hear an in-depth interview with Okkervil River's Will Scheff (left) and Patrick Pestorius (center) on today's World Cafe.

July 14, 2011 Frontman Will Sheff discusses the band's critically acclaimed new album in an extensive interview.

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Roky Erickson

June 9, 2010 Roky Erickson, psych-rock legend and former 13th Floor Elevator, performs live with Okkervil River.

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November 17, 2008 Singer Will Sheff reveals the real characters that populate his songs in a performance from WXPN.

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December 27, 2007 Hear an interview and performance by the hyper-literate, Austin-based indie folk-rock band.

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November 12, 2007 The songs on The Stage Names number among the groundbreaking group's finest work.

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August 20, 2007 The songs on The Stage Names number among the groundbreaking group's finest work.

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March 16, 2007 Okkervil River's emotion-drenched performances are intense to the point of seeming overwrought.

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Interviews & Profiles

Producer John Congleton.

December 23, 2011 The studio utility man has his musical fingerprints all over a ton of stellar records from 2011.

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September 2, 2007 Bandleader Will Sheff discusses his band's catchy but complex new album, The Stage Names.

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January 8, 2006 The band from Austin, Texas, pulls a name from Russia but a sound with roots in folk and the blues.

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Discover Songs

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December 15, 2008 See and hear what NPR listeners picked as the best albums of 2008.

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September 29, 2008 The literate singer-songwriter shares some of his favorite songs, many of them obscure.

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August 18, 2008 Okkervil River and Of Montreal made last year's top 20 albums and are back again for this year.

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June 5, 2008 Jazz, rock, hip-hop, and grunge have defined past generations. What's the sound of Generation Y?

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December 21, 2007 All Songs Considered host Bob Boilen shares his picks for the year's top ten CDs.

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December 20, 2007 Tens of thousands of listeners voted for the year's best CDs, with Radiohead coming out on top.

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December 20, 2007 All Songs Considered producer Robin Hilton shares his picks for the best CDs of 2007.

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December 12, 2007 KUT music director Jeff McCord picks the 10 songs whose company he most enjoyed.

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December 3, 2007 Steve Seel, host on Minnesota Public Radio's The Current, picks his Top 10 albums of the year.

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August 20, 2007 The songs on The Stage Names number among the groundbreaking group's finest work.

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July 26, 2007 The best yet from Austin's Okkervil River; Infectious, feel-good pop from Peel; 16th century cho...

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December 25, 2006 All Songs Considered host Bob Boilen chats with Stephen Thompson, editor for NPR's Song of the D...

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October 26, 2006 On "The President's Dead," Okkervil River studies a fictional assassination from all angles.

Reviews

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December 15, 2008 See and hear what NPR listeners picked as the best albums of 2008.

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September 29, 2008 The literate singer-songwriter shares some of his favorite songs, many of them obscure.

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August 18, 2008 Okkervil River and Of Montreal made last year's top 20 albums and are back again for this year.

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October 26, 2006 On "The President's Dead," Okkervil River studies a fictional assassination from all angles.

More Stories

Click to see an interactive map of Meriden, N.H., with stories from Okkervil River's Will Sheff about his childhood there.

August 28, 2013 The world you inhabit as a teenager has a way of digging its claws into you.

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Clockwise from upper left: Goldfrapp, Okkervil River, Beck, Light Heat, Sarah Neufeld

July 16, 2013 Bets are made and expectations are exceeded on this week's All Songs Considered.

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Click to see an interactive map of Meriden, N.H., with stories from Okkervil River's Will Sheff about his childhood there.

July 15, 2013 Hear a song from Okkervil River's new album and explore a map of the town that inspired it.

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Okkervil River performs a Tiny Desk Concert in September 2013.

October 15, 2013 The band performs three songs from a record inspired by the childhood of singer Will Sheff.

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Okkervil River's new album, The Silver Gymnasium, comes out Sept. 3.

August 25, 2013 The nostalgia-fueled album floats warmly in the soft spots that separate childhood from adolescence.

Okkervil River's new album, I Am Very Far, comes out on May 10.

May 1, 2011 The band's latest album takes a hard left out of sunny pop and into dark, unfamiliar territory.

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March 28, 2011 Okkervil River goes colorless and type-heavy in the new video for "Wake And Be Fine."

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