BOWIE/OLDMAN 2016! Plus concerts, (music) news, a new Lauryn Hill song and an Elephant Six album sampler for your ears! [Tom Stillwagon]...

So this week, I had the privilege of seeing concerts from two different bands who named their band after a city they did not reside in. In two back-to-back nights! Why is this relevant, you may ask? It’s not. I just found it interesting. The world is a psychedelic place, yo. Both shows were great, by the way. On Wednesday I caught Akron/Family, who are not from Ohio, but from Brooklyn. The band has come a long way in their ten years. Taking the experimental release Meek Warrior and its follow-up Love Is Simple as starting points (I know they have earlier albums, you hipster), the band has now gone off the rails beautifully on the new Sub Verses, adding aggressive and often droning extended jams and deeper sonic soundscapes into their sound.  Spacey stuff. The tiny Echo, capacity 350, housed the event. The show was definitely not sold out, as there was ample room to move around. The light attendance did not seem to bother the band. The quartet gave a mind-blowing 70 minute set. Permission to speak freely? Large, positive vibes came off this stage, man. Magic happened. I tripped awhile. I waved my hands in the air to break the bright white light that bathed the crowd. I silently thanked the muses for the lovely sounds, and then my lady friend and I slow danced under a glimmering disco ball and it was beautiful. Thanks, Akrons. These guys do amazing things with sound. Not a lot of Love Is Simple style hooks or sing alongs, just pure transcendent sound. So recommended. On Thursday, I caught Of Montreal, from Athens Georgia. This was at the slightly larger (650 capacity) Echoplex downstairs. The event was hosted by KCRW.  Now, this shit was sold...