Flashback Friday: Okkervil River (Their Past Life As A Blast)

It’s been a week since Okkervil River‘s excellent new In The Rainbow Rain hit stores, and now that you’re spending some time with it and getting ready for them to play your hometown (dates below), we thought it would be an excellent time to take a look back at Will Sheff and Co. in the pages of MAGNET. (Cover photos for MAGNET by Gene Smirnov.)

First off, The Back Page from last year wherein Phil Sheridan write about how Okkervil River has been trying to kill him (illustration for MAGNET by Mike Jackson):

The Back Page: Wake And Be Fine

And who can forget the time we got actor/director/writer extraordinaire (and massive Okkervil fan) Tim Blake Nelson to interview Will for a 2016 cover story (photo for MAGNET by Gene Smirnov):

Exclusive Cover Story Excerpt: Okkervil River Interviewed By Tim Blake Nelson

Five years ago, MAGNET named The Silver Gymnasium the best album of 2013 (photo for MAGNET by Gene Smirnov) …

MAGNET’s Top 25 Albums Of 2013

… and then we spoke to Will about the making of his band’s best record (photo for MAGNET by Gene Smirnov):

Best Of 2013: Q&A With Okkervil River’s Will Sheff

Back in 2011, when Bird Of Youth’s Beth Wawerna was guest editing our web site, she had Will stand in for her and write about lyrics:

From The Desk Of Bird Of Youth’s Beth Wawerna: Okkervil River’s Will Sheff On Lyrics

And speaking of stand ins: There’s the time we kinda trashed, uh, Okkervil’s The Stand Ins a decade ago. Sorry, Will. It happens to the best of them sometimes around here—even Bob Pollard.

OKKERVIL RIVER: The Stand Ins [Jagjaguwar]

Okkervil River Tour 2018
May 20 – Washington, DC @ The Black Cat
May 21 – Carboro, NC @ Cat’s Cradle
May 22 – Atlanta, GA @ Aisle 5
May 24 – Dallas, TX @ The Kessler Theater
May 25 – Houston, TX @ The Heights Theater
May 26 – Austin, TX @ Mohawk (Hot Luck Festival)
May 29 – Phoenix, AZ @ The Crescent Ballroom
May 31 – Los Angeles, CA @ Teregram Ballroom
June 1 – Santa Ana, CA @ Constellation Room
June 2 – San Francisco, CA @ Bimbo’s 365 Club
June 4 – Seattle, WA @ Neumos
June 5 – Portland, OR @ Wonder Ballroom
June 7 – Salt Lake City, UT @ The State Room
June 8 – Denver, CO @ Bluebird Theater
June 9 – Omaha, NE @ The Waiting Room
June 11 – St. Paul, MN @ Turf Club
June 12 – Chicago, IL @ Thalia Hall
June 13 – Detroit, MI @ El Club
June 14 – Toronto, ON @ Horseshoe Tavern
June 15 – Woodstock, NY @ Colony
June 16 – Boston, MA @ Royale