"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’s Will Sheff Talks with artist Will Schaff

“Interesting Rock Talk. No, Really.” that’s the headline at the New York Times for the above interview between Okkervil River lead singer and songwriter Will Sheff and Will Schaff the artist behind all of Okkervil River’s iconic record covers. For year’s the two have been confused as the same person, and here lies video proof that they are indeed different gentlemen. It’s a great conversation between these two artists and an interesting look into how their collaboration has worked over the years. You can also check out an in-depth interview w/ Schaff on his work with Okkervil River over the years HERE.


Okkervil River Perform “Rider” on The Late Show With David Letterman

On Friday night Okkervil River returned to the small screen to make their second television appearance of the year. This time the band played on The Late Show with David Letterman, and filled the stage with players who helped deliver a lively performance of “Rider.” ┬áIf you missed it the first time be sure to check out the re-run above!

Under The Radar Charity Auction for Japan Features lots of Okkervil River Goodies

Under The Radar is currently holding a charity auction to benefit the relief effort in Japan after the devastating earthquake and tsunami struck the nation. Among the items being auctioned are three copies of the poster above autographed by each band that played UTR’s SXSW party this year, including Okkervil River, Menomena, Owen Pallett, Porcelain Raft, Surfer Blood and more. Other Okkervil River rarities and more items donated by the participating bands are also included in the auction. The bidding ends tomorrow at 10am (PST). Check out more info and links to the items being auctioned off at Under The Radar’s website HERE.


Okkervil River’s I Am Very Far Out Today! Stream The Full Album On Spinner

Okkervil River’s new album I Am Very Far is available in stores today! The album has been met with wide critical praise from Spin Magazine calling Will Sheff “Dylan for the Facebook generation” to the New York Times calling it the “most musically ambitious [album] yet released by Mr. Sheff and his crew.” Check out the Pitchfork review HERE, and all this week you can stream the full album on Spinner HERE. You can also catch Okkervil River performing live on WNYC’s Soundcheck tomorrow (May 11), and on David Letterman this Friday (May 13).

Starting May 31 Okkervil River head out on tour in North America with a supporting cast of openers that includes Titus Andronicus, Julianna Barwick, Future Islands, and New Villager. You can check out full tour dates HERE.


Your Past Life As A Blast by Okkervil River

Your Past Life As A Blast by Okkervil River

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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

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