'Okkervil River' Arrives to First Avenue
Posted by Joseph Friedrichs on Monday, October 28, 2013 at 12:00 AM By Joseph Friedrichs / October 28, 2013 Comment
Touring in sanction with the release of their seventh album, The Silver Gymnasium, Okkervil River remains tied to the roots that made the band what it is today. In fact, the new album is all about roots. It focuses on Sheff’s childhood growing up in a small town in New Hampshire. Though The Silver Gymnasium is the band’s most recent release, it already ranks among the band’s best music to date. It is on the same level with previous records such Black Sheep Boy and The Stage Names. Minneapolis holds a special place in the heart of Sheff, whose favorite author, John Berryman, killed himself by jumping off the Washington Street Bridge. If Okkervil River plays the song “John Allyn Smith Sails” on Friday night, be prepared for something sure to blow many minds. Okkervil River with special guest Matthew E. White at the First Avenue Mainroom, Friday, November 1. Tickets are $17 in advance, $20 at the door.