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!

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

Doors:
7:00 PM

*Price:
$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.

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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!