Miles Seaton of Akron/Family R.I.P.

Akron/Family at the Earl on February 20, 2007. Photo by Chad Radford


Sad news made the rounds over the weekend, as word spread that Miles Seaton of Akron/Family has died. He was 41 years old.

I was lucky enough to see Akron/Family play The Earl a few times over the years—in 2005, 2007, 2009, and 2012. The group’s members also made up Michael Gira of Swans group Angels of Light when they played The Earl in 2005.

Akron/Family was the quintessential experimental folk outfit, an offshoot of the “new weird America” scene, blending a cosmic strum and wail over a bed of noisy and psychedelic pleasantries. The group’s sound was a warm and far-out acoustic dirge that was inspired more by the back roads of rural Georgia than the mean streets of their hometown of Brooklyn.

I took these photos at The Earl on February 20, 2007, when Akron/Family was on the road playing songs from the album Love Is Simple (Young God Records). They shared the stage that night with Untied States.

Rest in peace.

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T.T. Mahony & Jeffrey Butzer’s ‘A Charlie Brown Christmas’ live stream Saturday, December 19

T.T. Mahony (left) and Jeffrey Butzer. Photo by Samantha Shal.

T.T. Mahony and Jeffrey Butzer return for their annual performance of A Charlie Brown Christmas.

This year’s show is a live stream from The EARL stage on Saturday, December 19. Pianist Mahony and drummer Butzer lead an ensemble featuring bass player Mike Beshara and vocalist Kelly Sirmans Winn through composer Vince Guaraldi’s A Charlie Brown Christmas.

Chad Shivers & the Frigidaires (feat. Nick Bazemore, Brad Mattocks, Matt Steadman, Sonny Harding, and Sean Zearfoss) celebrate the group’s 10th anniversary playing the A Charlie Brown Christmas show by performing the Beach Boys and the Ventures’ Christmas albums in their entirety.

Tickets are available for $10-$100 donations. Music starts at 7 p.m.

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Warm Red ‘Comes Out’ fighting!

Y’all are in the mood for a fight, right? “Comes Out” is the third single released from Warm Red’s stellar debut, Decades of Breakfast (State Laughter Records). Stephen Lewis, Toni Gary, Bryan Sherer, and Jacob Armando … come out swinging all manic and muscular … kind of.

The video was shot and edited by Joshua Gary of Funguh Productions, and captures a brutal backyard mashup of wrestling, boxing, and biting, rendered in VHS fidelity—in SLP mode, of course.

With its gloriously grimy rhythm section and frontman Gary’s clipped caterwaul, Warm Red pushes the influence of the Jesus Lizard, the Birthday Party, early Public Image, Ltd., and Pere Ubu to new highs of confrontation.

Check them out on Saturday, October 10 , when they join Thousandaire to play The EARL’s Live Stream #1, a benefit to support the bar, venue, and restaurants staff who’ve been affected by the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic. Stoic Clown, aka Josh Feigert of State Laughter, will be DJing before, between and after the band’s live sets.

Donation packages range from $5-$50. The virtual doors open at 8:30 p.m. No ticketing fees and all buyers will receive a private link to watch the show on October 10

In the meantime, pick up Decades of Breakfast below. The band is donating its portions of the album’s sales to Solutions Not Punishment.