Okkervil River plays at Revolution Wednesday.
8:30 p.m. Revolution. $15.
Back in the aught-three to aught-five timeframe, it seemed like there was this small crop of smarty-pants indie rock bands that wore their hearts on their sleeves and had worn out their copies of "In the Aeroplane Over the Sea" and/or most of the Springsteen catalog, going from relative obscurity to critical darlings in pretty short order.
To a disinterested observer, Okkervil River
always seemed like the most down-to-earth of the bunch and the easiest ones to root for. The Austin, Texas, outfit wasn't melodramatic and humorless like the Arcade Fire, nor were they all "look-at-how-literary-we-are" a la The Decembrists, nor were they as navel-gazing and precious as Bright Eyes.
The band started gaining traction in 2005 with "Black Sheep Boy," but really hit a homerun in 2007 with "The Stage Names." Subsequent albums have also been both popular and warmly received by critics, including the recent "The Silver Gymnasium," a concept album about founder Will Sheff's hometown, tiny Meriden, N.H.
The opener is Nashville singer/songwriter Torres
— a.k.a. Mackenzie Scott — who writes haunting, spare tunes that recall P.J. Harvey at her most open and spookiest. If you've got a farm to spare, you might wanna bet it on her to be a next big thing.