Okkervil River Announces Album, Tour

Life is good for Okkervil River fans this week.  The indie rock band from the Lone Star State announces its new album and a tour to go with it.  Beginning with two festival gigs, the night-after-night headlining journey begins Sept. 19 in Alabama.

Photo: Jason Moore
Virgin Mobile FreeFest, Merriweather Post Pavilion, Columbia, Md.

Okkervil River has been having some fun with fans by announcing the name of the new album letter-by-letter during the past week on the band’s official website. Filling in the last letter on Monday, the band revealed the title as The Silver Gymnasium, dropping Sept. 3 on ATO Records.

Tour-wise, Okkervil River will play the First City Festival in Monterey, Calif., Aug. 24-25 and Beantown’s Boston Calling Sept. 7.  The bulk of the tour comes a couple of weeks later when the band plays Mobile, Ala., Sept. 19.  Last stop on the newly announced schedule is Chicago Nov. 2.

Here’s the routing:

Aug. 24 – Monterey, Calif., Monterey Co. Fairgrounds (First City Festival)
Sept. 7 – Boston, Mass., City Hall Plaza (Boston Calling)
Sept. 19 – Mobile, Ala., Alabama Music Box
Sept. 20 – Tallahassee, Fla., Club Downunder
Sept. 21 – Atlanta, Ga., Variety Playhouse
Sept. 23 – Washington, D.C., 9:30 Club
Sept. 24 – Washington, D.C., 9:30 Club
Sept. 26 – New York, N.Y., Terminal 5
Sept. 27 – Ithaca, N.Y., The Haunt
Sept. 28 – Toronto, Ontario, Phoenix Concert Theatre
Sept. 29 – Cleveland, Ohio, Beachland Ballroom
Oct. 1 – Nashville, Tenn., The Mercy Lounge
Oct. 2 – Little Rock, Ark., Revolution Music Room
Oct. 4 – Austin, Texas, Zilker Park  (Austin City Limits Music Festival)
Oct. 11 – Austin, Texas, Zilker Park  (Austin City Limits Music Festival)
Oct. 18 – El Paso, Texas, Tricky Falls
Oct. 19 – Phoenix, Ariz., The Crescent Ballroom
Oct. 20 – Los Angeles, Calif., The Wiltern
Oct. 24 – Portland, Ore., Wonder Ballroom
Oct. 25 – Seattle, Wash., Showbox At The Market
Oct. 26 – Vancouver, British Columbia, The Rickshaw Theatre
Nov. 1 – Minneapolis, Minn., First Avenue
Nov. 2 – Chicago, Ill., Metro / Smart Bar

A pre-sale for the new dates Sept. 19 onward begins June 12 and general onsales launch June 14.  Visit OkkervilRiver.com for more information.