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Upcoming shows: Mr Ben & The Bens... Heartless Bastards... Alice Boman... Skinny Lister... Brown Brogues... Jesca Hoop... Old Sea Brigade... Rachael Dadd... The Happy Soul... James Yorkston & Nina Persson... Stars... Siv Jakobsen... Weyes Blood... Jesse Malin + Tommy Stinson... Coruja Jones... Rozi Plain... Sweet Baboo... Kerala Dust... Sophie Jamieson... Will Sheff / Okkervil River... SLUG... Beans on Toast... Honey Harper... The Dream Syndicate... Rachel Baiman... Anna B Savage... Joshua Burnside... His Lordship... Unthank : Smith... Ailbhe Reddy... Neil Cowley... Eric Bibb... The Beths... The Burning Hell...

When: 7pm on Friday 3 March 2023
Where: The Deaf Institute, 135 Grosvenor Street, Manchester M1 7HE

We’re delighted to be working with Okkervil River’s Will Sheff!

After nine critically acclaimed albums, after twenty bandmates, after countless bars and clubs and theatres and festivals, after two full decades, Will Sheff is letting Okkervil River drift out to sea with Nothing Special, a rich and cinematic collection that marks the acclaimed indie songwriter’s first release under his own name. Written through a period of painful loss and deep transformation and recorded with a mix of old friends and new collaborators (including singer/songwriter Christian Lee Hutson, Dawes drummer Griffin Goldsmith, and Death Cab For Cutie pianist Zac Rae), the record represents more than just a change in name; it’s an act of liberation and self-determination, an emotionally raw reckoning with grief, identity, and hope that blurs the lines between fiction and autobiography, surrealism and humour, stoicism and a deepening spirituality.

Formed in Austin, TX, Okkervil River embraced both frenetic rock and cerebral complexity as bandmates came and went over its twenty year run, but the group’s north star always remained firmly fixed in Sheff’s emotional vocals and striking lyrics, which could turn even the most seemingly mundane observations into profound philosophical revelations. NPR hailed the New Hampshire native’s ‘dazzling’ way with words, while Pitchfork declared him ‘one of indie rock’s most ambitious thinkers,’ and The New York Times raved that he ‘writes like a novelist’.

With Nothing Special, Sheff begins his next and most compelling chapter yet.

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