Okkervil River (Performing as an Acoustic Trio)

An Intimate Evening with

Okkervil River (Performing as an Acoustic Trio)

Bird of Youth

Wed · May 3, 2017

Doors: 8:00 pm / Show: 9:00 pm

$25 adv / $28 door

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This event is all ages

Okkervil River
Okkervil River
Over the course of their twenty-one-year career, Okkervil River has released nine albums that have given frontman Will Sheff a reputation as one of the greatest working songwriters in the country. As Sheff and his shifting lineup of players have traveled the world many times over, they’ve made fans ranging from Lou Reed to Barack Obama and been praised by outlets from the New York Times to NPR to Pitchfork, who called Sheff “One of indie rock’s most ambitious thinkers.” 2019 will see Okkervil River’s two-decades-plus trek around the globe captured and anthologized in A Dream in the Dark, a 12-album live series that follows the group from their shaky and earnest beginnings to their sweat-soaked barnstorming rock club days, and from big festival sets into mellow acoustic improvisations. Along the way, A Dream in the Dark presents an alternate history of Okkervil River through the lens of their concerts instead of their albums, drawing from a deep well of recordings catalogued by Sheff and by fans throughout the years. Each installment of this sprawling digital series will come with detailed liner notes including essays and journal entries from the time, interviews with band-members past and present, profiles and collaborations with Okkervil River fans, and copious archival photographs.

To coincide with A Dream in the Dark, Okkervil River will be hitting the road this summer in a stripped-down trio lineup in a reprise of their popular “Rarities & Requests” touring format, where they’ll be playing stretched-out and often highly spontaneous requests-only shows in intimate listening-room venues.
Bird of Youth
Bird of Youth
Did you ever want to burn down your whole life? Just burn the fucker right down to the ground and start over all over again?

On Bird Of Youth's wrenching and inescapably gripping new full-length Get Off, Brooklyn-based singer/songwriter Beth Wawerna arrives, matches in hand, at a life perched on ruin.

Following on the heels of 2011's debut Defender, Get Off is the second album from Bird Of Youth, released after five years of tribulation, tragedy, missteps and false starts. Midway through the process of rendering the follow up, Beth's father unexpectedly passed away, sending her into a spiral of self-doubt and self-destruction. Some wretched person once advised "eat, pray, love" as the prescription for a life gone off the rails. Bird Of Youth proposes something more like "drink, drug, fuck."

Get Off's ride is at once harrowing and exhilarating, fraught with the wreckage of lost youth and lost life, long narcotic nights and dreams hanging in the balance. From the Imperial Bedroom-style confessional snapshot of "Passing Phase," to the unstoppably catchy kiss-off "Sons & Daughters," to the psychedelic strung-out/freak-out of "Burn," Get Off is both reflective and reactive – a trial by ordeal and self-realization through personal annihilation. As a document of a single season in hell, Get Off is reminiscent of similar breakthrough-by-way-of-breakdown albums like Big Star's Sister Lovers and Harry Nilsson's Pussycats – albums whose total vulnerability both draw you in and leave a bruise.

Whether she's daring to be great or daring to be gone – lashing out or looking in – the high stakes of Beth's songs never feel less than fully engrossing. Like Joan Didion set to the beat of The Pretenders, Bird Of Youth's late night tales seduce you with fantasy and send you home chastened but satisfied. With lines like, "She fakes for dates and they take the bait but she makes them wait for old time's sake / She hates, she breaks and then she leaves," Beth sketches shattered characters that you earnestly root for as they grope through the void for the thing that will fix them – even if it's just a fix. Reflecting the tough dealing of its author, Get Off is both a first person account from an island of grief and the halting first steps towards a new beginning.

This is Bird Of Youth's first release since signing to Kiam Records alongside critical favorites Jennifer O'Connor and Amy Bezunartea. Delivering on the promise of its predecessor, Get Off represents the full flowering of Beth as a singular voice. Abetted by stunning arrangements from lead guitarist, co-producer and main collaborator Clint Newman, crackerjack performances from the rhythm section of Johnny North and Ben Lord and expert mixing from John Agnello (Sonic Youth. Kurt Vile, Breeders) and Phil Palazzolo (Ted Leo, Neko Case), Get Off is a sonic triumph commensurate with its emotional impact.

–– Elizabeth Nelson
Venue Information:
The Chapel
777 Valencia Street
San Francisco, CA, 94110