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

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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