First up is a run through North America, beginning September 3 at The Casbah in San Diego and wrapping up October 6 at Walter’s On Washington in Houston.

Other stops on the itinerary include The Independent in San Francisco (September 5), Richard’s On Richards in Vancouver (September 9), the Logan Square Auditorium in Chicago (September 18), Higher Ground in South Burlington, Vt. (September 24), Webster Hall in New York City (September 28), and the 40 Watt Club in Athens, Ga. (October 3).

The band will kick off its U.K. tour November 11 at the Colchester Arts Centre and hit nearly a dozen clubs through the first week of December, including Nice ‘N’ Sleazy in Glasgow (November 9), Pressure Point in Brighton (December 4), Whelan’s in Dublin, Ireland (December 6), and Luminaire in London (December 9).

Tickets for most shows on the North American and U.K. tours are available through links at

Names, which was released at the beginning of August, was produced by Brian Beattie, who co-produced the band’s 2005 disc, Black Sheep Boy.

The album is available on CD and vinyl (purchase of the vinyl version comes with a download coupon from the label), as well as in a limited-edition, two-CD set. The second CD features demo versions of all the songs on the album.

The band’s label, Jagjaguwar, has also prodded the band to release several bonus tracks digitally. “(Shannon Wilsey on the) Starry Stairs” is available at iTunes, and a new recording of one of Okkervil River’s older tracks, “Love to a Monster,” is available at eMusic.