Festivals mean tough choices. Seeing Okkervil River yesterday meant forgoing M.I.A. and arriving late to the National. Was it worth it? Absolutely.
Will and his band were tight coming fresh off their tour, but with plenty of wild energy. He flailed around giving everything he had to the mouthfuls of lyrics. The band offered amazing sound and an Arcade Fire-like approach to participation, singing along un-miked, playing three tambourines instead of just one, replacing Will's mike when it flew off the stand after he whirled through the entirety of the stage. This band is the real thing - I cannot wait for another chance to see them again. They finished up with a rocking "Unless It's Kicks" and made me wish they'd play through the whole set again!