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Music, All Shook Down Recreating a Masterpiece: Rock Band Okkervil River Celebrates the Ten-Year Anniversary of <i> Black Sheep Boy </i>

Recreating a Masterpiece: Rock Band Okkervil River Celebrates the Ten-Year Anniversary of Black Sheep Boy

Black Sheep Boy, the third album from Austin, Texas indie-rock band Okkervil River is a tempestuous, inclement creation—or, one might say, a recording born under black clouds. It is unquestionably forlorn, and Will Sheff, the band’s founder and frontman,…
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Music, All Shook Down Last Night: Roky Erickson and Okkervil River at the Fillmore

Last Night: Roky Erickson and Okkervil River at the Fillmore

​Roky Erickson and Okkervil River Thursday, March 20, 2010 The Fillmore Better than: Scraping the carpet for that tab you might've dropped several years ago. Roky Erickson spent last night on stage at the Fillmore, backed by a rocking Okkervil…
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Hardly Strictly Bluegrass '09: Steve Martin, Neko Case, and more

Steve Martin is a wild and crazy guy...who happens to dig bluegrass. The above video is from a performance he had last September with The Steep Canyon Rangers in that band's home state of North Carolina, with the white-haired…
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Music, Reviewed Okkervil River

Okkervil River

Forget Andrew Bird and Sufjan Stevens — Okkervil River's Will Sheff is one of the indie underground's strongest songwriters. Although he's toiled under the radar for years, with 2005's critical darling Black Sheep Boy (and its subsequent appendix), Sheff broke…
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Music, The River's Edge

The River's Edge

Hundreds of artists have created odes to the black sheep. The hip hop duo Black Sheep pictured their namesake as "a brother who's not quite right/ Stays out all damn night/ Wakes up in the morning cursing, ready to fight."…
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