When: Sat., Oct. 15, 8 p.m. 2016
Newly invigorated Okkervil River comes to town on the heels on an album called Away. Singer-songwriter Will Sheff remains at the core; the backing musicians are completely different. Sheff packed up and left Austin for Brooklyn, N.Y., and rebuilt the group from the band up. The sound is still rootsy-folky, but it veers toward visionary territory. Sheff is a smart dude — his band’s name comes from a story by Tatyana Tolstaya that he read in a 20th century Russian literature class. His music is a bit deeper these days, and darker, still. This is truly real and good shit; it’s no longer simply NPR/coffee shop good — it’s damn-some-kid-gonna-find-this-in-a-used-bin-20-years-from-now-and-start-a-band good. Doors at 8 p.m.; 22920 Woodward Ave., Ferndale; themagicbag.com; tickets are $18.