"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.

Okkervil River Play World Cafe Live

Okkervil River joins host David Dye on XPN’s World Cafe for a fantastic chat and amazing live set featuring songs from their new album I Am Very Far. You can listen on XPN’s site HERE or stream the episode at NPR by clicking the HERE.

Okkervil River Releases “Your Past Life as a Blast” 7″ to Coincide with Fall Tour

We have another release on the way from Okkervil River, this time a 7-inch featuring “Your Past Life as a Blast,” the third single from the band’s latest studio release, I Am Very Far. The single is backed with b-side “Gold Faces” and will be available on August 2 just in time for a new leg of tour dates.

This fall Okkervil has a run of European dates, a few North American shows with The Decemberists, and then a US tour in September. Check out the full list of tour dates HERE or find them after the jump.

Also, be sure to read Will Sheff’s interview with Performer Magazine, where he talks about the origin of the band’s name, working with Roky Erickson, and what it’s like to perform for people night after night.

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Okkervil River Unplugged on Sirius XMU

Photo courtesy of New York Magazine

Okkervil River did a stunning unplugged in-studio with Sirius/XM a few weeks ago, and now it’s hitting the satellite waves. Subscribers can tune in to Sirius XMU to hear it during the scheduled times listed below; and for Okkervil fans who don’t have a subscription, try listening to the show via SiriusXM’s online free trial. ┬áThe band will be performing tracks from their new album I Am Very Far.

Okkervil on Sirius XMU schedule:
Thurs, 6/16 at 4pm ET
Fri, 6/17 at 9am ET
Sun, 6/19 at 11am ET

Also, be sure to look for the Okkervil River feature in the issue of New York Magazine on stands now. The article is also available online HERE.

Okkervil River Goes Acoustic for MTV


Check out Okkervil River’s stunning acoustic set for MTV Hive. Going acoustic, Okkervil plays four tracks from their new album I Am Very Far. This is really something. Watch “Hanging From A Hit” above and check out the rest of the session HERE.

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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