Okkervil River played The Neptune on Saturday night.
Maybe it's just a coincidence, but . . . in Andrew Gospe's review of Okkervil River's set at the Neptune Saturday night, he points out that one member of the audience described the band's set by telling a friend: "This is what the Decemberists would sound like if they didn't suck." Now comes word that Okkervil River has been added to the Decemberists' Aug. 22 show at Marymoor Park. Sorry, dude.
It must be said that though I've never been a fan of the Decemberists' breed of cabin/haystack rock, the band's Sasquatch! set was stunning. I blame the added vocal and violin offerings of Sarah Watkins, formerly of Nickel Creek--another band I could never get into--for the improvement.