Tonight’s Concert Picks: Akron/Family at Johnny Brenda’s, Rhett Miller at World Cafe Live, Sons of Fathers at MilkBoy, Jamaican Queens at Little Berlin

Rhett Miller, playing tonight at World Cafe Live

Singer/songwriter Rhett Miller stops by World Cafe Live tonight. His fifth album, The Dreamer, was released last year in June. Miller is also the lead singer for the Dallas alternative country band, Old 97’s, and plays in Serial Lady Killers, which you can watch a video of the band performing “Singular Girl” at last year’s XPo Fest here. Tickets and information for the all ages show with Cliff Hillis can be found here. Below, watch Miller perform “Lost Without You” from his album The Dreamer for an American Songwriter session.

Portland’s Akron/Family plays Johnny Brenda’s tonight. The band plays a combined style of rock/folk, with added psychedelic elements. Their new album, Sub Verses, will be released April 30th through Dead Oceans. Tickets and information for the 21+ show with Chris Forsyth & the Solar Motel Band, and M Geddas Gengras can be found here. Below, watch the official video for “Until the Morning” off the new record Sub Verses.

Roots rockers Sons of Fathers plays MilkBoy tonight. They were featured as a My Morning Download on April 15th with their song “Roots & Vine” off their sophomore album Burning Days. Tickets and information for 21+ show with Maitland can be found here. Below, download “Roots and Vines”

Jamaican Queens return to Philadelphia tonight for a show at Little Berlin.  The Detroit based trio has acquired a swell of grassroots support for their debut LP Wormfood, which was released in early March is available as a name-your-own-price download on their Bandcamp.  With lyrics that recount experiences with relationships, parties and urban violence, the band’s intrigue runs much deeper than the initial hook of the album’s beat-driven, synth-laden sound.  Jamaican Queens will be joined by locals Banned Books and Avery Rosewater.  More information can be found on the Facebook event page here.  Below, watch the video for “Water.”


Stream Akron / Family’s new Sub Verses LP on Pitchfork (playing Johnny Brenda’s on Thursday)


Pitchfork has got their hands on Akron / Family‘s new album Sub Verses and they’re currently streaming it on Pitchfork Advance ahead of the record’s April 30th release via Dead Oceans.  From a band that has altered its sound pretty significantly over their previous six releases, Sub Verses continues in the experimental folk vein of 2011’s Akron/Family II: The Cosmic Birth and Journey of Shinju TNT with ten tracks that run the gamut of suspensfully disturbing (“Sometimes I”) to melodically exquisite (“Until the Morning”) and includes a whole lot of heavy across the board.  Tickets and information for their 21+ show at Johnny Brenda’s on Thursday with Chris Forsyth and M Geddes Gengras can be found here.  Stream Sub Verses in full here and watch Akron / Family’s new video for “Until the Morning” below.


Watch Akron/Family perform “Until the Morning” from Sub Verses (playing Johnny Brenda’s on 4/25)

AkronAkron/Family will release their seventh studio album Sub Verses on April 30th, following an appearance at Johnny Brenda’s on April 25th.  From lead-off track “No Room” (which was shared in January) it seemed as though the new record will be the experimental trio’s heaviest effort yet – “No Room” is a crunchy, militaristic sounding fugue that doesn’t let up once in its almost seven minutes.  Some lightness was brought to the album with “Until the Morning,” however, the second preview of Sub Verses that the band unveiled in February.  “Until the Morning” is a sonic spring awakening, with bright guitars and clear vocals.  Italian film crew On the Road Again Pictures captured an early performance of “Until the Morning” in March 2012 during an Akron/Family set in Rome.  Watch the video below and stream the official audio for the song here.  Tickets and information for the 21+ show with Chris Forsyth & The Solar Motel Band and M Geddes Gengras can be found here.


Chris Forsyth announces new label and new record (playing Johnny Brenda’s on 4/25)

Chris_Forysth-green-room-2Chris Forsyth, a local guitar player who has wowed us over the years with his boundary-breaking work in Peeesseye and as a solo musician / collaborator, has signed to North Carolina / Philadelhpia label Paradise of Bachelors for the fall 2013 release of Solar MotelFrom POB:

Chris is highly regarded as a composer, improviser, and collaborator who has worked with a remarkable array of musicians in New York, Philadelphia, and beyond. In Fall 2013, you can expect his mindblowing full-band album Solar Motel (the follow-up to last year’s excellent Kenzo Deluxe), named for a derelict roadside hotel in his native New Jersey…. [Solar Motel] is a conversation changer, the strongest work he’s done to date–which is no faint praise.

Solar Motel was posted briefly on Forsyth’s Soundcloud account but has since been removed.  To experience the new pieces from the experimental composer in full effect don’t miss his opening set for Akron / Family on April 25th at Johnny Brenda’s.  Tickets and information can be found here.  Below, watch a video of Chris Forsyth performing with fellow Paradise of Bachelors signee and Philadelphia native Steve Gunn at last August’s Kensington Picnic.



Akron/Family announce new album, share “No-Room” (playing Johnny Brenda’s on 4/25)

Experimental trio Akron/Family have announced details and album art (by Stephen O’Malley of Sunn O))) ) for their seventh studio album and an accompanying spring tour of North America.  Titled Sub Verses and set for release on April 30th in the U.S. through Dead Oceans, the follow-up to 2011’s cryptically dubbed S/T II: The Cosmic Birth and Journey of Shinju TNT grew out of an appreciation for American artists / large-scale sculptors Michael Heizer and James Turrell and blossomed into a “sci-fi aesthetic narrative.”  Guitarist Seth Olinsky and bassist Miles Seaton both released statements behind the big announcement, with Olinsky commenting:

Tackling distant pasts and future humanism, the pain and idiocy of our contemporary culture. How to deal with it open heartedly? The boredom, the sadness and speed. The plots within plots of Dune mirrored in many layers of sound. Creating 3D sonic atmospheres that our songs and singers inhabit.

Akron/Family will play Johnny Brenda’s on Thursday, April 25th.  Tickets for the 21+ show go on sale Friday, January 25th and more information can be found here.  Listen to “No-Room” from Sub Verses here and then check out the full track-listing (via Pitchfork).

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