Media Roundup: Okkervil River return!

And the concert announcements keep coming! After all-but stealing the show when opening for the New Pornographers at the Orpheum two months ago, Okkervil River have already planned their return trip to Madison. The band will headline a show at the Barrymore Theatre on Sunday, September 14, in support of the impending release of their new album, The Stand Ins, on September 9. with tickets already available. This one is a sure sell-out, so don’t miss this one, kids. (Check out this piece from Paste Magazine for more info on the tour and Okkervil’s forthcoming release).

As discussed in previous entries, last evening’s Silos concert at High Noon was a benefit for Drew Glackin, the band’s bassist who tragically passed away earlier this year from a thyroid condition. Isthmus’ Marc Eisen candidly discussed his experiences with Glackin in a touching editorial earlier this week, and it is certainly worth a read. Rest in peace, Mr. Glackin.

Two upcoming shows in town, Ingrid Michaelson tomorrow (Saturday) evening and Stephen Marley next Wednesday, June 11, both at the Barrymore, have also been garnering local media attention this past week. Read Michaelson’s interview from the Capital Times and story in the Isthmus, as well as the Cap Times’ Marley profile.

As it has been underscored in many previous entries on this blog, I thought it would mentioning the Rolling Stone’s interesting feature on the “new music economy” — a world where it’s beginning to seem that some bands can earn more cash licensing tunes for commercials than selling albums. The music industry is a very different animal than it was even five years ago, and It’s an important read for musicians and music fans alike.

Bogged down at the office and haven’t made it to as many shows as you’ve liked? As usual, below are links, reviews and interviews from the past week of shows, including the Nels Cline Singers, the everybodyfields and Langhorne Slim.

And that’s the roundup! Have any thoughts on recent shows? Photos you’d like to share? Let us know, either through email or by leaving a comment, because we’d love to hear from you.

Uninsured musicians in peril — Silos’ member died of treatable illness

Memorial concert to raise money and awareness about important issue.

Drew Glackin memorial concert Thursday, June 5 at High Noon.
Drew Glackin, 1963-2008

Drew Glackin was a helluva guy. An amazing musician and a friend to all he met, Drew was a member of alt-country legends The Silos, playing bass and pedal steel. He also recorded or toured with Tandy, Gingersol, Susan Tedeschi, The Hold Steady and Chris Mills, among others.

His death this past January just days after a sudden heart attack at the age of 42 is a damning indictment of our failed health care system. Like so many musicians, Drew did not have health insurance. Though bandmates, friends and family noticed he didn’t look well and even suggested he see a doctor, Drew avoided doing so, presumably for fear of what he’d find out.

Had he done so, the doctors would no doubt have diagnosed the thyroid condition that led to his untimely death, a death that left a huge hole in the hearts of his friends and family.

Something like 45 million Americans lack health insurance. The system is in crisis, and the issue is among the top concerns on the minds of the voting public heading into the fall elections.

We may not end up with the single-payer national health insurance system common in other industrialized countries, but major reform of some sort is likely if Obama wins in November.

Meanwhile, if you are an uninsured working musician, there’s help out there for you. Go to the Future of Music Coalition’s website to learn about their HINT program, Health Insurance Navigation Tool.

And come see The Silos perform live at High Noon Saloon on Thursday, June 5, early 6:30 start time, with special guests Weinland, a great band from Oregon.

We can raise a glass in tribute to Drew and raise some awareness…and money for a good cause.

A portion of the proceeds will be donated to the HINT program, in the hopes that the sad loss of our friend Drew will help others get the insurance they need.

Tickets are $15 and available online at www.trueendeavors.com or www.high-noon.com.

-Tag Evers

For more information about The Silos, go to: http://www.myspace.com/thesilos

For more information about Weinland, go to: http://www.myspace.com/johnweinland

Brought to you by Muzzle of Bees and True Endeavors.