In October of 2007, it was announced that original member, Ryan Vanderhoof, departed the group "amicably sometime between the completion of (2007 release) Love Is Simple and the start of the band's U.S. tour" according to Akron/Family's publicist. The reasoning behind his departure was that "he went to live in a Buddhist Dharma center in the Midwest."

Lots of chances to see Akron/Family (minus Ryan) coming up - tonight they're at Wesleyan College, tomorrow at Maxwell's, and Thursday they play a cheap show at NYU...

Nu Music presents "Family Matters" with...

Akron/Family & Megafaun

Thursday, March 6th, Doors @ 8:30
All ages, open to the public

NYU's E&L Auditorium (60 Washington Sq. S.)

$4 NYU, $5 non-NYU
Must buy tickets at ticket central: 212 998 4941

Friday they're in Pittsburgh, Saturday back in NJ and then next week they'll play at least three shows at SXSW before heading to the West Coast for Coachella in April. They're also the first band I know of to announce that they'll be playing a free show at Castle Clinton in NYC this summer. All dates below...

Akron/Family - 2008 Tour Dates
Mar 4 - Wesleyan College Middletown, Connecticut
Mar 5 - Maxwell's Hoboken, New Jersey
Mar 6 - NYU Kimmel Center - Eisner & Lubin Auditorium New York, New York
Mar 7 - Andy Warhol Museum Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
Mar 8 - Terrace Club at Princeton University Princeton, New Jersey
Mar 9 - Jammin Java Vienna, Virginia
Mar 13 - Flamingo Cantina (SXSW) Austin, Texas
Mar 14 - Emo's Inside Room (SXSW) Austin, Texas
Mar 14 - Design Within Reach (SXSW) Austin, Texas
Apr 20 - Bunkhouse Saloon Las Vegas, Nevada
Apr 26 - Coachella Valley Music & Arts Festival Indio, California
Apr 29 - Crepe Place Santa Cruz, California
Apr 30 - Rickshaw Stop San Francisco, California
May 1 - Cellar Door Visalia, California
May 16 - 4th Annual Nelsonville Art and Music Festival Nelsonville, Ohio
Jun 21 - Popped Festival Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
Jul 24 - Castle Clinton at Battery Park New York, New York

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