Okkervil River, Torres, Tom HousePop/Rock
The Silver Gymnasium, Okkervil River’s sweeping and insistent new album, is their first for a major label. The feisty, folkish rock band known for dark but redemptive catharses and hyperliterate lyrics recently signed with Dave Matthews’ ATO Records, meaning the new album will reach more than a few fresh ears. Happily, The Silver Gymnasium is a solid introduction, a return to the band’s essential strengths following four relentlessly ambitious releases. Nothing here rivals those records’ signature moments — the howling desperation of Black Sheep Boy’s “For Real” or the punch-drunk poetry of I Am Very Far’s “Hanging From a Hit” — but it’s still cohesive, compelling, and an eloquent exploration of nostalgia’s pitfalls. “Down Down the Deep River,” an obvious highlight, drives with a buoyant rock amble graced by soaring synths and horns. Will Sheff’s intimate remembrance of youthful confusion swells quickly into a full-on midlife crisis. This is Okkervil’s status quo. It only gets better from here.
Tue, Oct 1 | 9:00 PM
The Mercy Lounge
18 and over