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David Okamoto reviews a new CD from the Austin, Texas-based group, Okkervil River. He says "The Stage Names" says as much about the current state of the "Austin sound" as it does about the group that recorded it.
"KERA Commentary: Okkervil River" originally aired on KERA 90.1 FM August 24, 2007 during "Morning Edition".
For more than three decades, Austin, Texas has maintained a romantic reputation as the guardian of everything that?s pure and good about American music. Hometown heroes like Lucinda Williams, Joe Ely and Jimmy LaFave have long exhibited a stubborn allegiance to traditional blues, folk and country that in this era of televised talent shows spells the difference between being an Idol and being an icon.
But while twangy torchbearers still fill such revered venues as the Broken Spoke and the Continental Club, they no longer represent the essence of the multi-faceted Austin scene: The sound of the city has shifted away from roots consciousness and more toward nervy innovation over the past five years as college musicians have matured into artists and MySpace and music blogs have replaced newspapers and mag...
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Timing and Cues
Intro: Commentator David Okamoto reviews a new CD that says as much about the music sound in Austin as it does about the group that recorded it.
Tag: David Okamoto is a content production manager Yahoo in Dallas and a former contributor to ICE Magazine, Rolling Stone and the Dallas Morning News.
|Unless It's Kicks||Okkervil River||The Stage Names.||2007||00:15|
|A Hand to Take Hold||Okkervil River||The Stage Names.||2007||00:25|
|Life Is Not a Movie||Okkervil River||The Stage Names.||2007||00:23|