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Akron/Family @ All Points West Sunday (more by Chris La Putt)
APW Day Three: MOST AWKWARD ATTEMPT AT CROWD PARTICIPATIONAkron/Family was one of the bands that got to play their set, though it was slightly abridged (opposed to others forced to cancel) at All Points West on Sunday after the fest's opening was delayed. A video from that is below.
"We like fun," Akron/Family's Miles Seaton yelled. "Do you like fun?" Well either the crowd truly felt ambivalent about fun or they didn't think the question worth answering. Met with stony silence, Seaton tried again. And again. His one-man chant never inspired the crowd, perhaps because only the most stoned found anything resembling fun in the band's directionless drum circles. [Spin]
The band has more August and September shows scheduled around North America. Before those kick off, the group will be in town for two NYC events. First, band guitarist Seth Olinsky will be conducting a section of Rhys Chatham's Crimson Grail for 200 Electric Guitars on August 8th at Damrosch Park, as part of the Lincoln Center's Out of Doors Festival. The next day (8/9), Akron/Family will appear at Other Music (15 E 4th St) for a 7pm in-store performance ("Free Admission / Limited Capacity").
On select upcoming dates, the band will be traveling with Jeffrey Lewis & The Junkyard and Slaraffenland (who will join A/K on stage to form the "Akron/Family big band"). They'll also be at ATP NY. All tour dates and more, with a look at the sheet music for Crimson Grail and APW videos, below...
'This is what the Sound of 200 guitars droning looks like on paper'
Akron/Family - 2009 Tour Dates
Aug 9 Other Music New York, NY
Aug 11 Rock and Roll Hotel Washington, Washington DC
Aug 12 Cat's Cradle Chapel Hill, North Carolina
Aug 13 The Earl Atlanta, Georgia
Aug 14 Bottletree Birmingham, Alabama
Aug 15 Transfigurations (at The Grey Eagle) Asheville, North Carolina
Aug 24 Morning Becomes Eclectic (89.9FM KCRW) Santa Monica, California
Aug 27 The Rickshaw Stop w/ Howlin' Rain San Francisco, California
Aug 28 Outside Lands - Golden Gate Park San Francisco
Aug 29 El Rey Los Angeles, California
Sep 7 Bumbershoot Seattle, Washington
Sep 8 Bagdad Theater Portland, Oregon
Sep 10 Talking Head Baltimore, Maryland #
Sep 11 Johnny Brenda's Philadelphia, Pennsylvania #
Sep 12 All Tomorrow's Parties Monticello, New York
Sep 14 Jason's Upstairs Hudson, New York $
Sep 15 Site B Williamsport, Pennsylvania $
Sep 16 Castaways Ithaca, New York $
Sep 17 Mohawk Place Buffalo, New York $
Sep 18 LOLA Festival London, Ontario
Sep 19 Magic Stick Detroit, Michigan $
Sep 20 21C Museum Atrium Louisville, Kentucky $
# w/ Jeffrey Lewis & The Junkyard
$ w/ Jeffrey Lewis & The Junkyard, Slaraffenland