Spree Music with Me: Okkervil River

This is not Jimmy Eat World: Okkervil River photo by Alexandra Valenti, courtesy of Jagjaguar

“This week, the question on everyone’s lips is: Did you get your tickets to the sold out Jimmy Eat World show? I didn’t, but that’s because I’ve been championing the upcoming Okkervil River show as themust-see show. On June 9th, the Town Ballroom will host three great bands—Okkervil River, Titus Andronicus, and Future Islands. Storytelling is the thread which connects these three somewhat dissimilar groups, each band successfully employs lyrics which evoke fully-realized characters and tell engaging stories.”

So begins my stint as a bi-weekly blogger about music for Buffalo Spree. I am satisfied with my first update, though I feel this is still a shot over the bow of what I really want to write. So stay tuned, won’t you? Also, one of these days I’ll explain exactly how much I get lost in everything Okkervil River does, and hopefully not to Will Sheff’s face. Read the rest of the article here.

And watch the video for “Tin Man” by Future Islands, and the video for Titus Andronicus’ “No Future Part Three: Escape From No Future”, both of which should give you a great idea of what to expect from these bands.

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