Posted in music | pictures | tour dates on April 2, 2009

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Decider: Set 'Em Wild, Set 'Em Free is more percussive, more rhythmic. Is this the result of one member taking the lead, a concerted group effort, or sheer randomness?

Dana Janssen [of Akron Family]: Well, we didn't necessarily strive to achieve this, but I think what's come out is our affinity for African music. We've been deeply impacted by the work of King Sunny Adé, Ali Farka Touré, Toumani Diabaté, Fela Kuti, a lot of the Afrobeat stuff, music we've heard [like] Malian guitar players and desert nomads like Tinariwen. On tours recently, we've been having these big percussion jams where we hand out toys to audience members so they can participate. It's all coming out in the music.

Akron Family played at the New Museum in Manhattan on Friday, March 27th (part of the Get Weird music series) (with Lexie Mountain Boys) before playing two nights in a row at Union Pool in Brooklyn (March 28th and 29th).
"The bi-city band, based in New York as well as Williamsport, Pennsylvania, was full of whimsical energy Sunday night as they surged through an 11-song set without so much as a pause. Song bled into song, the transitions carried by any combination of the nine people on stage. Of those nine, three drive the madness that is Akron/Family - Seth Olinksy (guitar), Miles Seaton (bass) and Dana Janssen (drums). They have their primary roles, but much like a freak-folk version of Broken Social Scene, they're all multi-instrumentalists, and vocal duties shift, with Olinksy usually taking the lead." [PopDose]
Akron Family has a varied schedule of spring/summer shows planned next (including some European dates opening for Wilco). The band visits NYC again on May 6th, coming to the Bowery Ballroom. Tickets for that show are still on sale.

And then the band is on the bill for both All Tomorrow's Parties on September 12th and (with its recently announced line-up) All Points West on August 2nd.

Updated tour dates and more pictures from the New Museum show below...

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Akron Family - 2009 Tour Dates
05-05 The Middle East, Cambridge, MA
05-06 Bowery Ballroom - New York, NY
05-07 Metronome, Burlington, VT
05-08 Metronome, Burlington, VT
05-09 Bennington College, Bennington, VT
05-16 Orangerie 'Nuits Botanique', Brussels, Belgium
05-17 Melkweg Old Room, Amsterdam, Netherlands
05-18 Doornroosje, Nijmegen, Netherlands
05-19 Nouveau Casino 'Custom', Paris, France
05-20 ICA, London, UK
05-22 Captains Rest, Glasgow, UK
05-23 Ruby Lounge, Manchester, UK
05-24 Fiddlers, Bristol, UK
05-25 Teatro Cervantes w/ Wilco, Malaga, Spain
05-26 Teatro Calderon w/ Wilco, Madrid, Spain
05-27 Congress Palace w/ Wilco, Grenada, Spain
05-29 La Cartuja Monastery w/ Wilco, Seville, Spain
05-31 Locomotiv, Bologna, Italy
06-01 Hana-bi, Ravenna, Italy
06-02 Interzona, Verona, Italy
06-03 Casa 139, Milan, Italy
06-04 Spazio 211, Torino, Italy
06-05 Init, Rome, Italy
07-23 10KL Festival, Detroit Lakes, MN
07-25 Calgary Folk Festival, Calgary, AB
07-26 Calgary Folk Festival, Calgary, AB
08-02 All Points West Festival, Liberty State Park, NJ
09-12 ATP NY, Monticello, NY

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Comments (18)

ah! I came to the show too late! but I talked to dana. that was cool

Posted by Anonymous | April 2, 2009 4:21 PM

i think half the people came to the show too late

Posted by Anonymous | April 2, 2009 4:33 PM

looks like there's about 10 people in the audience, check that, 12 people...

Posted by Anonymous | April 2, 2009 4:57 PM

That's not true, both shows were sold out and I can speak for the second show at least in saying that it was packed.

Posted by Anonymous | April 2, 2009 5:06 PM

really wasn't expecting them to play so early and to end so early. sucks that i pretty much missed them.

Posted by Anonymous | April 2, 2009 5:21 PM

Watching the "Lexie Mountain Boys" was like watching an indie-rock hipster snuff film. Honestly one of the most upsetting things I've ever been through and I sincerely hope no one else has to experience what they put us through after the Akron/Family set. They made my heart puke and my eyes and ears will never forgive me.

Posted by Anonymous | April 2, 2009 5:52 PM

"...like watching an indie-rock hipster snuff film."

@Anon5:52 - One of the most hilarious and intelligent negative live band review comments ever!

Posted by blackhat | April 2, 2009 5:57 PM

Sunday's show was really, really incredible. Very gushing review here:

http://artefax.wordpress.com/2009/04/02/all-in-the-akronfamily/

Posted by Adam | April 2, 2009 5:58 PM

Lexie Mountain Boys are an awful joke.

Posted by Anonymous | April 2, 2009 6:27 PM

akron's last half hour sat. night was a joke

Posted by Anonymous | April 2, 2009 9:08 PM

The show Sunday night was outstanding!

See you at the Bowery May 6th.

Posted by Anonymous | April 3, 2009 8:29 AM

sorry, I meant the museum show, looks like there's nobody there...

Posted by Anonymous | April 3, 2009 8:39 AM

Lexie Mountain Boys get some points for having Katherine from Charm City Cakes in their group.

Posted by Anonymous | April 3, 2009 10:19 AM

whatever

Posted by Anonymous | April 3, 2009 11:11 AM

akron/family are amazing live. like. the castle clinton show was like some metaphysical shit man. I found meaning in my life and became a self-aware being at that show. i've seen them 3 times and i can't wait to see them again.

Posted by Anonymous | April 3, 2009 7:16 PM

akron/family are amazing live. like. the castle clinton show was like some metaphysical shit man. I found meaning in my life and became a self-aware being at that show. i've seen them 3 times and i can't wait to see them again.

Posted by Anonymous | April 3, 2009 7:17 PM

Lexie Mountain Boys were totally the best part of the show. LOVED them.

Posted by Anonymous | April 3, 2009 8:46 PM

Islam is a religion of peace

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