Okkervil River

Most descriptions of Okkervil River include some variant of the "folk" label, and whether that makes you prick up your ears or groan in disgust, it stops short of what the band actually does. Yes, acoustic guitars make their appearance, and yes, there's an earnestness that grabs for your heartstrings, but the modesty and middling tempos that are usually at play in folk music are tossed out in favor of a rollicking grandiosity. Nothing in OR's repertoire is played completely straight; it's fractured and rebuilt larger than you thought it could be.  In this case, bigger is most certainly better. With Titus Andronicus and Future Islands. 18+. (Photo by Alexandra Valenti.)
Sun., June 12, 7:30 p.m., 2011

 
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