Okkervil River

Formed 1998.
Okkervil River

Biography

Okkervil River is an American indie rock band from Austin, Texas. Formed in 1998, the band takes its name from a short story by Russian author Tatyana Tolstaya. They self-released their first album, Stars Too Small to Use, which led them to the South by Southwest music festival. After recording their first album in a garage, they signed with Jagjaguwar. Okkervil River continued by releasing four more albums, including the critically lauded concept album Black Sheep Boy.

After a period of touring for Black Sheep Boy, Okkervil River followed up with The Stage Names. The album sold 10,000 in its opening week in the United States. The group released a free covers album, Golden Opportunities Mixtape from their live performances.

The band has garnered positive critical reception. Especially noted are each song's lyrics, intricate instrumentation, and relation to the album's themes. In addition, they were featured on the talk show Late Night with Conan O'Brien and have performed with high-profile bands such as The Decemberists, The New Pornographers, The National, and Lou Reed.

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BBC Reviews

  1. Review of I Am Very Far

    I Am Very Far 2011

    Reviewed by Martin Aston
    A magnificent sixth album from a band surely due to crack the mainstream.
  2. Review of The Stand Ins

    The Stand Ins 2008

    Reviewed by Chris Jones
    Regular listeners will certainly lap this up.
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