"The goal was to push my brain to places it didn't want to go. The idea was to not have any idea – to keep myself confused about what I was doing," frontman Will Sheff says about Okkervil River's newest album. "I produced it myself so that I could extend the songwriting process all the way through to the very last second of recording, so the songs would never really stop changing." The resulting record, 'I am Very Far,' is a startling break from anything this band has done before. By turns terrifying and joyous, violent and serene, grotesque and romantic, it's a celebration of forces beyond our control.

Will Sheff on Pitchfork’s 5-10-15-20

Okkervil River’s Will Sheff has a pair of interviews running right now – great Friday afternoon reading material! First you can catch up with his 5-10-15-20 interview on Pitchfork, where he talks about the music he listened to growing up and which comes with a soundtrack of Van Morrison, Everything but the Girl, Sinead O’Connor and other excellent tunage. Then flip the script & watch him dissect his own tune, “Black,” with Casey Jarman of Willamette Week in their Deep Cuts column.

Okkervil River Perform in Oslo Bookstore, Traverse the Globe

Earlier this month when Okkervil River were in Norway performing at the Oya Festival, they made a stop at the cozy Oslo bookstore Cappelens Forslag. Watch the video above of the band playing a stripped-down version of their current single “Your Past Life as a Blast” as patrons browse the store.

Okkervil will be all over the globe this fall with performances in Spain, End of the Road Festival in the UK, and Fun Fun Fun Fest in their home of Austin, TX. These are all scattered amongst a US tour in September, Australian dates in October, and finally a UK tour in November! See the full list of tour dates HERE.

New Okkervil River Video from Into the Woods on AV Club

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Okkervil River stopped by the Crystal Ballroom in Portland to play a show & film a live performance of “I Guess We Lost” off of their new album, I Am Very Far with Into the Woods. You can watch the video at The Onion AV Club. Okkervil River will be on tour very soon! Check out all the dates here.


Okkervil River premiere new track on Forkcast, single out today


Okkervil River just debuted “Gold Faces,” the b-side to their new single “Your Past Life As a Blast,” on Pitchfork’s Forkcast. You can listen to the exclusive track premiere here. To get a copy of “Your Past Life As a Blast,” visit the mailorder siteĀ here. The record is out today in the US and September 5 in the UK.

Your Past Life As A Blast by Okkervil River

Your Past Life As A Blast by Okkervil River

Wake and Be Fine by Okkervil River

Lost Coastlines by Okkervil River

Wake and Be Fine by Okkervil River
It Ends With a Fall by Okkervil River
For Real by Okkervil River
Black by Okkervil River
No Key, No Plan by Okkervil River
The President's Dead by Okkervil River
Our Life is Not a Movie or Maybe by Okkervil River
Lost Coastlines by Okkervil River
Pop Lie by Okkervil River

Austin, TX - Cactus Cafe

Austin, TX - Cactus Cafe

Seattle, WA - Columbia City Theater - Solo Performance

Portland, OR - Doug Fir Lounge - Solo Performance

San Francisco, CA - Swedish American Hall - Solo Performance

San Francisco, CA - Swedish American Hall - Solo Performance

Los Angeles, CA - The Masonic Lodge at Hollywood Forever - Solo Performance

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