SLOW TRAVEL BERLIN
Okkervil River, Postbahnhof, 9pm
Compile a list of some of this decade’s mosts brilliant and prolific indie folk bands and you might just find Okkervil River at the top. The Austin, Texas-based band first met in boarding school in New Hampshire before making the practical move in the late 90s to the “Live Music Capital of the World”. Since then, the seven-piece band has released two splits, five EPs, seven albums, and a handful of other miscellaneous recordings.
This fall brought listeners The Silver Gymnasium, a concept album based around childhood nostalgia, with songs that are lyrically much more concrete than those that occupied the dark, nebulous space of its predecessor, I Am Very Far. The album also signalled a move from Jagjaguwar — home to Okkervil River since their humble beginnings — to Dave Matthews’ ATO Records.
Playing a short nine-date tour through Europe, beginning in Hamburg, the group will then play a one-off show in Japan before continuing south to New Zealand and Australia. Be sure to catch them on day two, here in Berlin. Natalye Childress
Fritzclub im Postbahnhof, Straße der Pariser Kommune 8, 10243, Berlin; 0 30 69 81 28 0; S: Ostbahnhof; admission €22.