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Sunday 10 December 2006 at 9:00pm


12 Galaxies
2565 Mission St., San Francisco, United States

Tel: 415-970-9777

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Since the debut Akron/Family album came out in March ’05 they’ve played hundreds (and hundreds) of shows across the known world, recorded / released and toured for a split album with Angels of Light (also serving as backing band in the latter, both in studio and on tour), recorded a few home brewed albums they sell on the road, and have generally worked themselves to death, or at least into a new entity they themselves maybe don’t even recognize. And now this: a new “special” album that has been blaring in my office constantly, obsessively, for weeks now and that once again shows them morphing into something simultaneously unfamiliar, wild, gentle, raging, hilarious, elated and meditative - riddled with chaos and sonic contradiction, and sometimes just simply beautiful – the song “Gone Beyond” is the sort of palliative hymn I want to hear while suddenly finding myself drifting through the universe having unexpectedly jettisoned the meat-grinder of earthly existence.

Black Fiction

"All the indie kids are atwitter about Black Fiction — and it's no wonder. The band might be San Francisco's answer to the Arcade Fire, if the Arcade Fire took a time machine to the late-'60s/early '70s for a peyote-laced vision quest in the desert. Born out of quirky folk-pop band Feller Quentin, Black Fiction make music like a warped radio transmission from another time..."

Dodo Bird (Meric Long)

"The armchair reference fans first recognize in Long is the early bedroom recordings of Elliot Smith, but the looping current of finger-picked patterns and melodic instincts more acutely evoke Brit songwriters like Nick Drake and Tyrannosaurus Rex-period Marc Bolan. The sound isn't far removed from our city's (San Francisco) freak folk du jour, but Long's breathy vocal lines and Kroeber's accents are sparer, less stylized, and not exclusive to backward-looking affectation."
SF Weekly

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