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Okkervil River

Tue May 12th, 2009

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Galesburg and Strangenews are delighted to announce the return visit of Okkervil River, the indie band from Austin Texas renowned for their dynamic live shows.

Tuesday 12th May at the Kings Arms , Auckland

Wednesday 13th May at Bodega, Wellington

The last time Okkervil River played in New Zealand, local reviewer Brannivan Gnanilingham had this to say about band and lead singer, Will Sheff :

Sheff clutched that microphone like it was a life-jacket, singing as if someone had a gun to his head, His voice was even more impressive live, powerful, resonant, and given the power of an immense live band behind him, it was quite something…Okkervil River’s was one of the best live performances I think I may have ever seen. I emphasise the word “ever”.

Okkervil River take their name from a river in Russia mentioned in a short story by the Russian writer Tatiana Tolstoya. Their latest album, The Stand Ins, extends the themes – fame. celebrity and the faith that we all have in music - of their breakthrough album The Stage Names.

Pitchfork says : ‘Touring almost constantly, Okkervil, River have transformed into an urgent rock band that imbues Sheff’s songs with as much energy and personality as he does… He’s become one of the best lyric-writers going in indie rock. ‘

Tickets : $40 plus booking fee on sale now through Slowboat Records ( Wellington) and Real Groovy, Fast and Loose ( Auckland) + &

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art/noise, acoustic/solo

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