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Free Okkervil River Gig!

Jack Daniel’s is serving up great whiskey and great live music at legendary American Landmarks. It’s more than just a concert series; it’s history in the making. To this day, live music remains an important part of Jack Daniel’s. So important in fact that this year, Jack Daniel’s will be sharing the music with other great American Landmarks from coast to coast by hosting great live bands at great American Landmarks from coast to coast.

Built by famed New York industrialist Cornelius Vanderbilt, the terminal has survived two world wars, a great depression and countless film crews invading its hallowed halls. It’s been the start and the finish of hundreds of millions of great adventures. For a century New Yorkers have counted on Grand Central Terminal to take them where they want to go, but on April 8th the station will become the destination to catch Okkervil River in concert! Click here for your chance to win tickets.

About Okkervil River

“The goal was to push my brain to places it didn’t want to go. The idea was to not have any idea – to keep myself confused about what I was doing,” frontman Will Sheff says about Okkervil River’s newest album. “I produced it myself so that I could extend the songwriting process all the way through to the very last second of recording, so the songs would never really stop changing.” The resulting record, ‘I am Very Far,’ is a startling break from anything this band has done before. By turns terrifying and joyous, violent and serene, grotesque and romantic, it’s a celebration of forces beyond our control.

When Okkervil River released their breakthrough ‘Black Sheep Boy’ in 2005, Uncut wrote that “Sheff’s novelistic lyrics and the dexterous blend of country, folk and nervy indie-rock suggest a band approaching the peak of their powers.” A New York Times piece on their 2007 follow-up ‘The Stage Names’ (and its companion album ‘The Stand Ins’) echoed, “Sheff writes like a novelist,” and Pitchfork called him, “One of the best lyric-writers in indie rock.” But on ‘I am Very Far,’ Sheff emerges not only as a songwriter of the highest caliber, but a producer and arranger of singular vision. Abandoning the tidy conceptual arcs of Okkervil River’s previous albums, ‘I am Very Far’ is a monolithic, darkly ambiguous work, one that doesn’t readily offer up its secrets. – JagJagWar

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