Okkervil River Head On Tour

Spring is going to be a busy time for Okkervil River. Following SXSW the band will be heading on an extensive tour of the United States. They will be joined by Titus Andronicus, Future Islands, Julianna Barwick and New Villager on dates that expand across the entire country. Now is the time to catch them, so buy your tickets early as they will not last soon. As always. Check out the tour dates below including their SXSW stint.

Okkervil River Tour Dates

16 – Austin, Texas @ Red 7 (JAGJAGUWAR SXSW showcase)
18 – Austin, Texas @ Antone’s (Billions SXSW showcase)
18 – Austin, Texas @ Flamingo Cantina (Under the Radar SXSW party)
19 – Austin, Texas @ Lustre Pearl (Filter/Dickies SXSW party)

30 – Dallas, Texas @ Gexa Energy Pavilion (w/ Arcade Fire)

31 – Atlanta, Ga. @ Variety Playhouse * #

1 – Carrboro, N.C. @ Cat’s Cradle * #
2 – Washington, D.C. @ 9:30 Club * #
3 – Philadelphia, Pa. @ Trocadero Theatre * #
4 – New Haven, Conn. @ Toad’s Place * #
7 – New York, N.Y. @ Terminal 5 #
8 – Boston, Mass. @ Royale * #
9 – Buffalo, N.Y. @ Town Ballroom * #
10 – Toronto, Ontario @ Phoenix Concert Theatre * #
11 – Columbus, Ohio @ Newport Music Hall * #
12 – Minneapolis, Minn. @ First Avenue * #
14 – Omaha, Neb. @ Slowdown *
15 – Denver, Colo. @ The Bluebird Theater *
16 – Salt Lake City, Utah @ Urban Lounge *
17 – Boise, Idaho @ Egyptian Theatre *
18 – Seattle, Wash. @ Neptune Theatre *
20 – Vancouver, British Columbia @ The Vogue Theatre * &
21 – Portland, Ore. @ Crystal Ballroom * &
22 – San Francisco, Calif. @ The Fox Theater * &
23 – Los Angeles, Calif. @ The Wiltern * $
24 – San Diego, Calif. @ The Belly Up Tavern * $
25 – Tucson, Ariz. @ Rialto Theatre * $
28 – Lubbock, Texas @ Jake’s * $

– * = w/ Titus Andronicus
– # = w/ Future Islands
– & = w/ Julianna Barwick
– $ = w/ New Villager


Bright Eyes Announce Additional Tour Dates

The excruciating wait is almost over until the release of Bright Eyes’ seventh studio album, The People’s Key (out February 15 via Saddle Creek), and now the celebrated Omaha band have added further dates to their already mammoth US tour. In addition, more supporting acts have also been confirmed: Titus Andronicus, Jenny and Johnny, Farmer Dave Scher, Conduits, and Dawes will all be joining the band on select dates.

Ahead of the official release, Bright Eyes fans have received a number of sneak peeks into the band’s new material. Last week, The People’s Key was premiered in full on NPR’s ‘First Listen’ HERE, as well as on YouTube in their first ever online listening party HERE. Additionally, Conor Oberst will be co-hosting Sirius XMU every afternoon this week at 5pm, with Rolling Stone critic and XMU host Jenny Eliscu – yet another chance for fans to hear tracks from The People’s Key prior to release, as well as old favorites from the Bright Eyes catalog and Conor’s own personal selections.

Conor and Co. kick off the new tour next month in Miami. Check out the slew of new tour dates below [all recently added dates are shown in bold].


3/2      Miami, FL                         Fillmore Miami Beach At Jackie Gleason Theater *
3/3      Lake Buena Vista, FL   House of Blues *
3/4      Atlanta, GA                      The Tabernacle *
3/5      Asheville, NC                   Thomas Wolfe Auditorium *
3/6      Richmond, VA                The National *
3/8       New York, NY                Radio City Music Hall ^
3/9       New York, NY                Radio City Music Hall ^   SOLD OUT
3/10     Boston, MA                    House Of Blues #  SOLD OUT
3/11     Portland, ME                  State Theatre#
3/13     Toronto, ON                   Sound Academy#
3/14     Royal Oak, MI                Royal Oak Music Theatre # SOLD OUT
3/15     Chicago, IL                      Riviera Theatre  #  SOLD OUT

3/16    Champaign, IL                Foellinger Auditorium #

3/17     Nashville, TN                  Ryman Auditorium #

3/19    Austin, TX                         SXSW Ground Control Touring Showcase Auditorium Shores**

4/2      Kansas City, MO        Uptown Theatre ^^

4/3      Milwaukee, WI                The Riverside Theater @

4/3      Minneapolis, MN           First Avenue @
4/5      Minneapolis, MN           First Avenue @
4/8     Vancouver, BC                Commodore Ballro0m @
4/9     Portland, OR                    Crystal Ballroom @
4/10  Arcata, CA                     Arcata Community Center +

4/12    Oakland, CA                    Fox Theater +

4/13    Pomona, CA                    Fox Theater ## + SOLD OUT

4/16    Indio, CA                          Coachella Festival SOLD OUT

4/28   George, WA                   Sasquatch Music Festival

6/1      Boise, ID                          Knitting Factory Concert House ##

6/3      Denver, CO                   Filmore Theatre ##

6/4     Council Bluffs, IA    WestFair Amphitheater ##

6/6      St. Louis                         The Pageant %


* w/ Cursive

^ w/ Superchunk and WILD FLAG

# w/ Mynabirds

**w/ The Felice Brothers, Middle Brother, and Man Man

@ w/ Titus Andonicus

^^ w/ Conduits

+ w/ Farmer Dave Scher

## w/ Jenny and Johnny

% w/ Dawes

New York City’s Weekend Show Round Up


Electric Six, The Constellations, The Fake Problems @ Bowery Ballroom

Parallels, Erika Forster (of Au Revoir Simone – DJ Set), Alex English, Michael Trundle @ Brooklyn Bowl

The Library Is On Fire, Bad Cop, Total Slacker, My Teenage Stride @ Don Pedro

SHAPES, Night Manager, Sex Beet, The Static Jacks, Dirty Faces @ Shea Stadium

Eels, Jessica Hoop @ Terminal 5

The Boxer Rebellion, Amusement Parks on Fire, Augustines @ The Bell House

Titus Andronicus, Free Energy @ Webster Hall


Merzbow, Xiu Xiu, Ecstatic Sunshine, Gentle @ (le) poisson rouge

Margot and The Nuclear So & So’s, The Lonely Forest, Cameron McGill & What Army @ Bowery Ballroom

They Might Be Giants @ Town Hall

Teenage Fanclub, Radar Brothers @ Bowery Ballroom

Hurricane Bells, A Million Years, Overlord @ The Rock Shop

Vampire Weekend @ United Palace Theater, NYC- January 17, 2010


I have something I’d like to admit. I’ve never seen Vampire Weekend live before. For some reason their shows have passed me by many times in New York City, and yet I never had the urge to attend one. Then came Contra which I still cannot stop listening to. Getting a ticket to Vampire Weekend in New York is like cramming six people into a standard cab. It’s just really hard to do and not likely it’s going to happen. Somehow with one ticket to see the band play the United Palace Theater, in the Bronx no less, my journey to Vampire Weekend was on it’s way.

The United Palace Theater is really decieving from the outside. Used as a church on the weekend, the place looks pretty dark and scary from the outside. The moment you walk in the door though, it’s one of the most beautiful places you’ll ever seen. The walls are gold and ornate with carvings and statues directly on it. The red carpet makes you feel nearly like royalty.  Even the seats were comfy!

Titus Andronicus took the stage at promptly 8pm. Sadly this set was overtaken by people trying to find their seats and standing in the way of the audience. This made it hard to enjoy the band at all, but through what y0u could hear was amazing. Playing new tracks of the yet to be released album The Monitor, the band poured their heart out to anyone who was listening.

It was obvious though that everyone was there for the main attraction and it showed. Eager fans in a mixed aged crowd (we’re talking 5 to 65 here), couldn’t wait for Vampire Weekend to hit the stage.  Out rolls the giant banner with the Contracover on it as the band walks out at around 9:15. Immediately launching into the set, the audience was up on their feet. This was really nice to see as everyone usually sits when seats are available. You couldn’t help but get up and dance to the music. Tonight was truly a special night as singer Ezra Koenig stated repeatedly that it was “their longest show ever.” And I can see that as it clocked in at about an hour and a half.

Basically, no song was left off the setlist and this very intimate show. There were plenty of song highlights that night including new Contra favorites such as “Horchata,” “Cousins,” “Diplomat’s Son,” and “Giving Up the Gun,” and “White Sky.” The guest string section came out for such songs as “Run,” which was one of the highlights of the night. You could see that the band was amazed they were here at this moment in time, with their career exploding even more before their eyes.  It nearly gave me chills that I was experiencing something so great. Vampire Weekend also managed to play most of their debut album from the foot stomping “A-Punk” to “Oxford Comma,” and fans were delighted to hear some of the old tracks that made them fall in love a mere two years ago. Closing out the night was “Ottoman” from Nick and Norah’s Infinite Playlist which was one of my favorites of the night, and “Cape Cod Kwassa Kwassa.” This was the perfect ending to a stellar night, that almost felt like a dream. It was almost too good to be true. Most of their upcoming tour is sold out, and trust me, you’ll get your money’s worth.