Okkervil River

The U District’s Neptune Theatre has been transitioning from a movie theater into a music venue since February, so it’s only appropriate that one of its first concerts should feature one of indie’s most dramatic acts. Okkervil River’s most recent album, I Am Very Far, may not have a theater-inspired name like the Austin band’s previous two releases (2007’s The Stage Names and 2008’s The Stand Ins), but the drama is readily apparent nonetheless. Recorded wall-of-sound style using an army of studio musicians and produced by Okkervil frontman Will Sheff, the album’s dense arrangements make for some of the most theatrical music this side of a certain Grammy-winning group of Canadians (see mid-album highlight “We Need a Myth”). The Neptune may never go back to its days of silver screens and film projectors, but for one night at least, it will be as if the drama never left the building. With Titus Andronicus. ANDREW GOSPE

Sat., June 18, 9 p.m., 2011

 
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