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OKKERVIL RIVER’S Will Sheff Teaches Songwriting At Austin Non-Profit

Following some rollicking appearances at SXSW, OKKERVIL RIVER’S Will Sheff recently gave a lesson in songcraft to the young minds of Austin’s The Bat Cave, a non-profit writing and tutoring center. laid down an intimate performance of “Our Life Is Not a Movie or Maybe” with fellow Okkervil members Travis Nelsen and Lauren Gurgiolo. Watch the performance below.


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WILL SHEFF Releases Split 7″ With Charles Bissell, Tours

WILL SHEFF of Okkervil River will be releasing a split 7″ with found member of the Wrens, Charles Bissell. The release finds both men covering each others tunes. Will offers up a version of the Wrens’ “Ex-Girl Collection” while Charles gives us his rendition of Okkervil’s “It Ends With A Fall.”

The 7″ will be released 12/09/2008 to select retailers, mailorder, and at shows.

Speaking of shows, Will is heading out for a few solo dates starting 12/11/2008. See below for a full list of dates:

12/11/08 Brooklyn, NY – Music Hall of Williamsburg w/ Charles Bissell + Bird of Youth
12/17/08 San Francisco, CA – Herbst Theatre – A Conversation with Will Sheff
12/19/08 San Francisco, CA – Cafe Du Nord w/ Bird of Youth
12/20/08 Los Angeles, CA – Masonic Lodge @ Hollywood Forever w/ Tallest Man on Earth + Bird of Youth

OKKERVIL RIVER Video Interview On SPIN.com

OKKERVIL RIVER’S Will Sheff was interviewed by SPIN.com about their track “Bruce Wayne Campbell Interviewed on the Roof of the Chelsea Hotel, 1979″ from ‘The Stand Ins.’ You can watch the video below.

OKKERVIL RIVER Launches Youtube Channel With Carl Newman And Will Sheff Duet

In celebration of OKKERVIL RIVER’s September 9 release of the The Stand Ins YouTube will premiere video footage of Will Sheff and Carl Newman of The New Pornographers performing an acoustic version of the song “Lost Coastlines.” The video will be the first in an 8-video series in which friends of the band act as “Stand Ins” to perform cover songs from the upcoming album. Other performances include covers from Bon Iver and David Vandervelde. Videos for the songs will be released twice a week for the next four weeks. The band is also inviting fans to upload cover songs from The Stand Ins. Videos will be featured on the OKKERVIL RIVER You Tube channel, www.youtube.com/okkervilriver.

Watch the first video HERE

Don’t forget to preorder your copy of the record to receive an early download and poster set HERE

Will Sheff playing solo at CMJ next weekend

Will Sheff will be in New York next weekend, performing at AAM’s CMJ Celebration. The show will be held at the Music Hall of Williamsburg on Saturday, October 20. And You Will Know Us By The Trail Of Dead, Simian Mobile Disco, Mika Miko, Oh No! Oh My! and Anna Ternheim will also be performing. This is one awesome lineup, so come on out and feast your ears if it’s geographically possible!

Forever Dilating Eye by Sinoia Caves
Thousand Eyes by Lia Ices
Taking Chances by Sharon Van Etten
Every Time the Sun Comes Up by Sharon Van Etten
Lines of Latitude by Small Black
North Hollywood Microwaves by Pink Mountaintops
Fire-scene by S. Carey
Crown the Pines by S. Carey
Forgiven/Forgotten by Angel Olsen

Our Love by Sharon Van Etten

Every Time the Sun Comes Up by Sharon Van Etten

Ambulance City by Pink Mountaintops

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