Okkervil River – “New Blood” & “Skiptracer”

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Okkervil RiverOkkervil River, the long-running literate indie-rock band led by songwriter Will Sheff, released their new album In The Rainbow Rain back in April. They’ve been busy touring in support of the record for the past few months, and now, ahead of a trio of East Coast shows and an upcoming European tour, Sheff and company … More »

Watch Okkervil River’s Acoustic Stereogum Session

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Will Sheff released his latest Okkervil River album, In The Rainbow Rain, a couple weeks ago. In a couple more weeks, he’ll head out on tour with a full band behind him, but before that Sheff stopped by our office in New York City for his very own solo Stereogum Session. He stuck to performing … More »

Okkervil River – “Famous Tracheotomies”

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Okkervil River’s Will Sheff underwent an emergency tracheotomy when he was barely even a toddler. I know this because he just released a song about it. That must have been ridiculously scary for Sheff’s folks, particularly in light of this key lyric: “I was one and a half/ I was my parents’ only kid, and … More »

Okkervil River – “Don’t Move Back To LA” Video

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Later this month, Okkervil River, Will Sheff’s long-running literate indie rock project, will release the new album In The Rainbow Rain. One of its early singles is “Don’t Move Back To LA,” a song that lists out a few different reasons why you should not live in Los Angeles. Today, Sheff has shared the … More »

Okkervil River – “Pulled Up The Ribbon” (Feat. Lip Talk) Video

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Last month we heard “Don’t Move Back To LA,” the first single from Okkervil River’s upcoming spring release In The Rainbow Rain. Today there’s a second single and accompanying video for the psychedelic and poetic “Pulled Up The Ribbon.” … More »

Okkervil River – “Don’t Move Back To LA”

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Two years ago, Will Sheff’s sharp and writerly project Okkervil River released Away. This spring, they’ll follow it up with a new album called In The Rainbow Rain. The first single is “Don’t Move Back To LA,” a a strummy slow-burner full of life advice. Listen to it below. More »

Okkervil River – “What Friends Do”

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Okkervil River have shared “What Friends Do,” the theme song to Amazon Prime’s animated holiday special Click Clack Moo: Christmas At The Farm. Based on the book series from Doreen Cronin and Betsy Lewin, the special is written by Will McRobb, directed by Jennifer Oxley, and features the voices of Crazy Ex Girlfriend’s Rachel Bloom, … More »

74 Artists On Their Favorite Tom Petty Song

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I once got busted trying to steal a magazine from my hometown library. The 8/8/91 issue of Rolling Stone apparently had one of those sensors on the last page and it beeped from my backpack on the way out. I was gonna bring it back. I just wanted to take it home to read the … More »

Okkervil River – “Mary On A Wave” Video

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Okkervil River - Mary On A Wave videoOkkervil River released their album Away last year, and they’ve already made videos for its songs “Okkervil River R.I.P.,” “The Industry,” “Judey On A Street,” and “Call Yourself Renee.” The band’s latest clip is for the song “Mary On A Wave,” and it shows a story about a wild-looking little … More »

Okkervil River – “Anthem” (Leonard Cohen Cover)

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Autosave-File vom d-lab2/3 der AgfaPhoto GmbHOkkervil River are in the UK right now, wrapping up a European tour in support of their new album Away. Yesterday, at their show in Bristol, the band honored the late icon Leonard Cohen by covering his song “Anthem,” and now they’ve shared a recording of their rendition. “It’s been a terrible week, over … More »