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Okkervil River 

Formed in Austin, Texas, in the late '90s, Okkervil River's four albums on the eclectic, respected Jagjaguwar Records have established the members as a bunch of frenetically talented schizos, combining bouncy pop exuberance with self-deprecation and borderline hysteria. At times a fiercely exuberant blend of alt-country, soul and vintage pop and at times spare and almost painfully hushed, its sound provides the backdrop for guitarist Will Sheff's evocative, if oblique, lyrics, which he sings as if from the verge of his own 19th nervous breakdown. Sheff conjures vivid, richly emotional vistas of cinematic scope that are as hard to pin down as they are to banish from one's mind. Like pop alchemists (or master shoplifters), the band samples sounds freely on the latest album The Stage Names (Jagjaguwar). It takes familiar sounds, turns them inside out and wears them like they are the band's own. If you dig Rilo Kiley on Thursday, check out Okkervil River on Friday. On Saturday, you can stay home and watch the K-Ville rerun. Hipster urban-folk strummer Damien Jurado opens. Tickets $10. " — Alison Fensterstock

11:30 p.m., Fri. Oct. 5

The Parish at the House of Blues, 225 Decatur St., 310-4999; www.hob.com

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