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Sept. 21, 2011

It was bound to happen eventually: After a decade as one of indie-rock's most consistent—and sometimes most transcendent—bands, Okkervil River has released a bad record. This year's I Am Very Far...
09.16.2008 | | Posted at 12:00 AM
By Evan Rytlewski
I've lavished some almost recklessly lavish praise on Okkervil River over the years, but I still stand by it all. After releasing two of the defining albums of my college years, the vibrant Don't Fall in Love with Everyone You See and the lovely Down the River of Golden Dreams, the group wowed me with some of the most frenzied live shows I've ever seen. It turns out that those shows, as Will Sheff...
03.17.2008 | | Posted at 12:00 AM
By Evan Rytlewski
A few scattered, final thoughts on my time in Austin and SXSW: � I�ve learned to love the city and its conveniently centralized downtown. There�s so much to do in such a tightly packed area; and for the first time, I can see why anyone would actually want to live there. � For a purported �liberal oasis,� though, the city sure doesn�t offer much in the way of vegetarian food. As best I can tell, the people of Austin subsist entirely on barbeque and pizza by the slice. � Eugene Mirman is quickly becoming one of the funniest comedians on the circuit. During the Mess With Texas day party Saturday, he stole the show not only during his set, but also during Brian Posehn�s. Posehn was so hoarse he could barely speak, and it quickly became clear the painful rasp wasn�t past of his act. He wheezed out an anecdotal joke or two that was inaudibly to all but the very front rows, until Mirman presented a novel (and as best I can tell, genuinely spontaneous) solution: Posehn whispered the jokes to Mirman, who recited them line for line, unable to stifle his own laughter. Mirman�s quixotic delivery of Posehn�s ultra-crass jokes

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12.12.2007 | | Posted at 12:00 AM
By Evan Rytlewski
It won’t get the same love as Radiohead’s grand online experiment, but Okkervil River dropped a nifty little Hanukkah gift today: Golden Opportunities, a completely free (no donations allowed) “mixtape”—more accurately, an album-length compilation of live covers. You can download it here. Although the band finally scored their big breakthrough this year with The Stage Names, a tuneful,...