Okkervil River just blew my mind! I saw them at the Independent in S.F. on Wednesday night. It was, by far, the best show I have seen all year, and I’ve seen some damned good shows this year. Do yourself a favor, go buy The Stage Names, and then go buy Black Sheep Boy, and then by the rest of the back catalog. Will Sheff has an amazing voice. He writes beautiful and heartbreaking lyrics. The artwork on their albums is just as lovely as the music, done by artist William Schaff.
Here is an article with Will about performing live and how important it is to him.
Here are a few photos, and another glowing review of the S.F. show, taken by a fellow blogger at http://hippiesaredead.blogspot.com/.
I snapped about 10 photos all night long. They are still trapped in my camera; if any of them are decent I’ll post them here next week along with the set list I got. For now, check out these links and go listen to Okkervil River!