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    Okkervil River On World Cafe The Austin band visits WXPN to play a few songs from its latest album, The Silver Gymnasium. Singer Will Sheff also reflects on life as a boy in New Hampshire and experiences that heavily inspired the new record.
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Okkervil River’s Will Sheff Goes Back To His Coming Of Age With The Silver Gymnasium

Thursday's episode of World Cafe features new music from the Austin band Okkervil River, whose new album (The Silver Gymnasium) pays homage to singer Will Sheff's life as a boy in Meriden, N.H., during the late '80s. The musicians are familiar with concept albums; 2005's Black Sheep Boy, for example, was inspired by the Tim Hardin song of the same name. The band received huge acclaim upon releasing thematically interwoven records (The Stage Names and The Stand Ins) in 2007 and 2008. Along with a live three-song set, listeners will also hear Sheff talk extensively about his childhood and the coming-of-age moments that inspired The Silver Gymnasium.

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On A Balcony
Down Down The Deep River

Recent Release:The Silver Gymnasium
Release Date:September 3, 2013
Label:ATO Records
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