Tonight is the Austin City Limits taping of Okkervil River. The band has come quite a long way since I first saw them. In 2003 they played Common Grounds (a.k.a. Murky Coffee) in Arlington in support of their second album, Down The River Of Golden Dreams. There was maybe 40 people there. I caught them again a few years later at Iota, along with Jimbromski and Sacklunch, when they toured with Earlimart. THAT was a great show. Last year we saw them at the Austin City Limits festival. It was cool to see them in front of thousands and think back to that show at a local coffee house.
It may seem like I'm an Okkervil River superfan but I'm not. I just respect them a lot. I think they've put out one great album (The Stage Names) and some very good albums (Black Sheep Boy, The Stand Ins). They're an excellent live band so I expect the show tonight to be even better than the Heartless Bastards ACL taping I saw a few weeks ago.
Have you seen Okkervil River in concert? If so, what did you think? I believe the only DC show I missed was their Iota show with Man Man. All my friends in attendance agreed Okkervil River was fantastic and that Man Man was one of the worst bands they had ever seen. I can buy that.