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An electric turn with literary pop

Okkervil River lightens up a bit on 'Stage Names'

Okkervil River, with Will Sheff (above, in Providence in July) on lead vocals, comes to the Middle East Tuesday. Okkervil River, with Will Sheff (above, in Providence in July) on lead vocals, comes to the Middle East Tuesday. (Christine Hochkeppel)
By Elisabeth Donnelly
Globe Correspondent / September 21, 2007

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"It's rock 'n' roll! It's not T.S. Eliot," proclaims Will Sheff, the frontman and songwriter for Austin rock band Okkervil River. It's a statement of purpose from someone whose music is often tagged "literary," a lazy, reductive description of Sheff's songwriting, which is alternately raucous, soulful, and characterized by clever wordplay. (Full article: 830 words)

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