The freak flag waves high for Akron/Family—found-object noise recordings, giddy three-part harmony, Captain Beefheart sax spronks, and glockenspiel (so much glockenspiel). The post-folk trio seems perennially on a short fuse, but are also—most importantly—accessible; their avant-garde impulses do not tangle with the rumbling hooks below. The Williamsburgers (yum) are talented and fairly tacit about their rise in the national scene, but they may want to brush up on the pullquotes; their fifth record, Set ’Em Wild, Set ’Em Free, is chalked for release in May. From early indications, it sounds as warm and enveloping as coming home. With Larkin Grimm.

Sun., March 29, 8 p.m., 2009

This article from the Village Voice Archive was posted on March 18, 2009

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