Okkervil River Tour USA in October, New Single Out in December
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Okkervil River
Still recovering from some wicked jet lag from their tour in the land down under, Okkervil River wowed the crowd on their hometown stage during two shows at last weekend's Austin City Limits Festival. It has been a busy month for the band - along with ACL Fest and touring Australia, Lou Reed was quoted in the Denver Post as well as on the on MTV's Video Music Awards endorsing Okkervil River as one of his favorite new bands. He's got great taste. And now the band is about to embark on a domestic tour in October playing mostly all-ages venues.

10.03 | Little Rock, AR | Revolution w/ Elvis Perkins
10.04 | Columbia, MO | Blue Note w/ Elvis Perkins
10.05 | Ames, IA | The Maintenance Shop w/ Elvis Perkins
10.06 | Madison, WI | High Noon Saloon w/ Elvis Perkins
10.07 | Chicago, IL | Schuba's w/ Elvis Perkins
10.08 | Chicago, IL | Schuba's w/ Elvis Perkins
10.09 | Ann Arbor, MI | Blind Pig w/ Elvis Perkins
10.11 | Columbus, OH | Little Brother's w/ Elvis Perkins
10.12 | Buffalo, NY | Soundlab w/ Elvis Perkins
10.13 | Northampton, MA | Iron Horse Music Hall w/ Elvis Perkins
10.14 | New York City, NY | Bowery Ballroom
10.15 | New York City, NY | Bowery Ballroom
10.16 | Baltimore, MD | Ottobar w/ Elvis Perkins
10.18 | Durham, NC | Duke Coffeehouse w/ Elvis Perkins
10.19 | Athens, GA | Caledonia Lounge w/ Elvis Perkins
10.20 | Asheville, NC | The Grey Eagle w/ Elvis Perkins
10.21 | Memphis, TN | Hi-Tone w/ Elvis Perkins
10.22 | Houston, TX | Warehouse Live w/ Oakley Hall

Also, Will Sheff will be playing a few solo dates at the end of October:
10.23 | Austin, TX | Stubb's Outside w/ Jenny Lewis and the Watson Twins
10.24 | Tulsa, OK | Cain's Ballroom w/ Jenny Lewis and the Watson Twins
10.25 | Fort Worth, TX | Ridglea Theatre w/ Jenny Lewis and the Watson Twins

Also we're excited to announce the upcoming release of their new limited edition 12" single The President's Dead. It will be the first release by Okkervil River since 2005's masterful Black Sheep Boy project. Having spent most of 2005 touring and writing, the band and Jagjaguwar wanted to get this single out before 2006 came to a close. Locked in the grooves of this limited-edition vinyl-only release is what might be Okkervil River's most accessible and most contentious song, "The President's Dead." A two-minute and forty-two second serving of alternative historical fiction camouflaged as a folk anthem tarted up as a pop single that never was, "The President's Dead" empathetically depicts the shock felt by a young Republican upon hearing news of an assassination over the radio, its lyrics shifting sneakily from images of public horror to those of private tenderness as its music performs a similarly schizoid leap. Meanwhile, sequestered away on side 2, the lyric that bobs atop the loping, twangy pop of "The Room I'm Hiding In" depicts a paranoid flight from vastly more powerful pursuers determined to exact the most severe punishment.

We're so excited by this song that we're making it available as a free download on our site now:
"The President's Dead"


[Published on: 9/27/06]

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udsh starstarstar Wed 9/27/2006 10:50AM
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if lou likes em, they must be the shiznit