Originally active from 1997 to 2000, American Football reunited this year, to sold-out shows and what Pitchfork nominated a “best new reissue” of their self-titled masterpiece. A band of University of Illinois alumni, each member has one foot in AF and one in another band from the same scene, emulating the kind of interdisciplinary closeness that college campuses produce (frontman Mike Kinsella, for one, is formerly of Cap’n Jazz and currently in Owen). Although they self-identify as an emo band, the “emo” comes out more in the tender instrumentation and minimal moodiness of post-rock rather than any sort of power-chord-driven angst.
Fri., Oct. 10, 7 p.m.; Sat., Oct. 11, 7 p.m.; Sun., Oct. 12, 7 p.m., 2014
This article from the Village Voice Archive was posted on October 8, 2014