PICK OF THE WEEK: Okkervil River – Wednesday, June 15th – The Bluebird

Why You Should Go: When Okkervil River released their breakthrough Black Sheep Boy in 2005, Uncut wrote that “Sheff’s novelistic lyrics and the dexterous blend of country, folk and nervy indie-rock suggest a band approaching the peak of their powers.” A New York Times piece on their 2007 follow-up The Stage Names (and its companion album The Stand Ins) echoed, “Sheff writes like a novelist,” and Pitchfork called him, “One of the best lyric-writers in indie rock.” But on the bands new record, I am Very Far, Sheff emerges not only as a songwriter of the highest caliber, but a producer and arranger of singular vision. Abandoning the tidy conceptual arcs of Okkervil River’s previous albums, ‘I am Very Far’ is a monolithic, darkly ambiguous work, one that doesn’t readily offer up its secrets.

With the release of I Am Very Far on May 10 of this year via JAGJAGUWAR, the band scored their highest chart debut and best sales week to date. Entering at #31 on the Billboard 200, I Am Very Far also charted at #5 on the Independent Current Albums chart, #14 on Top Internet albums, and #12 on the Overall Digital Albums chart.

Opening the show will be rising Indie Punk stars Titus Andronicus.  This is show not to be missed!

The Bluebird Theatre, 3317 E. Colfax Ave, Denver, CO 80206 – 303/377-1666

7:00 PM

$22.00 Adv & $25.00 Door – Buy Tix

*All times and prices are gathered from other sources and I am not responsible for mistakes or inconsistencies. They are intended only as guidelines. Please, always call the venue if you desire the most accurate information possible.


Who Is Timothy Dwenger

Music has always been a part of my life. It probably all started listening to old Grateful Dead, Peter Paul & Mary, and Simon & Garfunkel records that my parents had, but it wasn't long before they were taking me to concerts like Starship, Crosby, Stills & Nash, and Huey Lewis & The News. I got the bug to write about music after reviewing an Eric Clapton concert for a creative writing project in high school but didn't really take it up seriously until 2002. Since then I have published countless articles in The Marquee Magazine and done some work for Jambase.com, SPIN Magazine, and various other outlets. I started Listen Up Denver! as a way to share the music information that is constantly spilling out of my head with people who care. Please enjoy!