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Okkervil River - 'The Silver Gymnasium' (new album / stream) + Tour Dates

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Monday, Jun 17, 2013
by PopMatters Staff
Okkervil River will release their new album 'The Silver Gymnasium' on September 3rd via ATO Records and today the band presents the lyric video for the new song, "It Was My Season".

The video was filmed in the Town Hall of Plainfield, NH, near where frontman Will Sheff grew up. Sheff reminisces on the old building, “I remember nights as a kid where we’d go to the Town Hall and watch guys from the town get up and play little rock and roll sets in front of this beautiful three-dimensional Maxfield Parrish backdrop while ladies would sell cans of Coke and 7-Up through the concession window. As time passed in my life, the backdrop seemed less real to me and I wanted to go back to film it to see if it was really there and was as cool as I remember it. It’s even cooler now thanks to the great work of Nancy Norwalk and a group of Plainfield preservationists who cleaned and restored it a decade or so ago - the backdrop is still lit by a custom lighting rig special-ordered from New York City in 1916, though the Town Hall itself is over a hundred years older than that. For the first song from the record I wanted Nancy to give everybody out there in internetland a chance to see her run the beautiful times-of-day lightshow by hand to the accompaniment of the music.”



  
TOUR DATES
August
24-25 – Monterey, Calif. @ First City Festival


September
7 – Boston, Mass. @ Boston Calling
19 – Mobile, Ala. @ Alabama Music Box
20 – Tallahassee, Fla. @ Club Downunder
21 – Atlanta, Ga. @ Variety Playhouse
23-24 – Washington, D.C. @ 9:30 Club
26 – New York, N.Y. @ Terminal 5 (w/ Pickwick and Black Joe Lewis & the Honeybears)
27 – Ithaca, N.Y. @ The Haunt
28 – Toronto, Ontario @ Phoenix Concert Theatre
29 – Cleveland, Ohio @ Beachland Ballroom


October
1 – Nashville, Tenn. @ Mercy Lounge
2 – Little Rock, Ark. @ Revolution
4-13 – Austin, Texas @ Austin City Limits Festival
18 – El Paso, Texas @ Tricky Falls
19 – Phoenix, Ariz. @ The Crescent Ballroom
20 – Los Angeles, Calif. @ The Wiltern
24 – Portland, Ore. @ Wonder Ballroom
25 – Seattle, Wash. @ The Showbox
26 – Vancouver, B.C. @ Rickshaw Theatre


November
1 – Minneapolis, Minn. @ First Avenue
2 – Chicago, Ill. @ Metro

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