There’s something devotional in the songs of Akron/Family, and it comes in two forms: 1) a solstice bacchanal of wiry guitars, caveman percussion, and group chants, as on the group’s 2005 split record with Angels of Light; and 2) the divine spark of perfect popcraft, which is to say the best moments of last year’s course correction, Set ‘Em Wild, Set ’Em Free. On its other albums, the experimental folk band has blended those approaches in some degree, and fallen short—for the most part, the band’s made-up religion of AK has played like a blend of diluted faiths. Whether the current between-album tour is more Holy Roller or pagan ritual or teenage symphony to God, I don’t know. But whatever Akron/Family brings, prepare for at least a glimpse of the light.
AKRON/FAMILY PERFORMS WITH SLEEPY SUN AT 8 P.M. AT THE BLACK CAT, 1811 14TH ST. NW. $15. (202) 667-4490.