Tuesday, March 8, 2011

Akron/Family (3/3/11)

A Spangle Featured Performance for March: Akron/Family has finally come to Cleveland! Well, at least since I started really paying attention to their music, which has only been since the Set 'Em Wild, Set 'Em Free from 2009.  Still, their avant-garde folk/rock/jam style has held my interest, and has made me particularly interested to see how that translated live.

But first...  Delicate Steve opened up the night.  They've been here before, but this was my first chance to catch them.  Their Wondervisions album, releases on David Byrne's Luaka Bop Records, impresses me more and more, every time I hear it.  Being an instrumental album, I wasn't quite sure if it would hold up as well live as in the studio, but it definitely did.  The instrumentation was amazing, filled with incredible texture and energy.  The instruments filled any void possibly left by a lead vocal.

Delicate Steve (3/3/11)

I should have known that Akron/Family would have been a jam band live.  Honestly, I don't think they even stopped playing for the entire night.  At some points, people didn't even know when to clap or not.  Though, when done right, these kinds of shows can be awesome.  Tonight fell into that category.  Granted, some imbibement is always helpful.  Overall, a thrilling performance.

Akron/Family (3/3/11)

Akron/Family (3/3/11)

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