I woke up this morning with "Another Sky" on infinite loop in my brain, which has been happening a lot lately. Akron/Family's February release, S/T II: The Cosmic Birth and Journey of Shinju TNT, is a vitamin-fortified, slick, and divergent smorgasbord of sound, and each listen only heightens my enjoyment. Folks that opine about the death of the album as an art form tend to forget albums like this one. I'm actually surprised people are talking about anything else as February comes to a close. Pop artists release tracks. Rock bands release albums, and this record is just that, in every sense of the word. We once chatted with Phil and Brad Cook from Megafaun, who described Akron/Family as being "turned to 11….all of the time." The interesting thing bout S/T II is that it lassos a bunch of different sounds and even reins in the intensity at points in the album. The most exciting thing, however, is the opportunity to see how this all translates live (although I think I already know the result).
On Thursday, Akron/Family brings their lunchbag full of rock zest to The Grog Shop and all of the Dicks will be in attendance for this one. I know for certain it's my most anticipated show of the year, thus far. When a band makes a towering rock opus, that tour shouldn't be without asses in seats. Here's to hoping your ass is in one of those seats Thursday. Additionally, enjoy the Vonnegut-suggestive, "So it Goes," and a killer live version of the aforementioned, "Another Sky," from Music Hall in Williamsburg, which, to me, is the best damn rock song of 2011. The sharp hooks and jungle-land chicanery have been fueling my three week bender of energetic mornings.