When: Tue., Jan. 17, 9 p.m. 2012
It's hard to believe that Akron/Family was once routinely referred to as part of the New Weird America. Their latest album, the preposterously titled S/T II: The Cosmic Birth and Journey of Shinju TNT (Dead Oceans), is about as rustic as a shopping mall—though the album has plenty of the kind of psychedelic flourishes common to neofolk, it's also unsubtle, effervescent, meticulously planned, and frequently overstuffed. The band has a voracious appetite for stylistic variety—it pushes its Technicolor tunes toward global grooves, bright bursts of noise, riff-heavy hard rock, and frothy, hooky, jacked-up pop—and on the upbeat material, this kitchen-sink approach can get to be too much. On ballads, though, Akron/Family reins in its proclivity for excess, so that the arrangements complement Seth Olinksy's watery vocal melodies rather than competing with them—that battle's likely to end in a draw. —Peter Margasak Bad Weather California opens.