Originally set to take place at Queens’ Trans-Pecos, indie rock supergroup Antarctigo Vespucci brought their show to Brooklyn’s Villain, a much larger event space that has since taken over the majority of Market Hotel shows. Spearheaded by Jeff Rosenstock (Jeff Rosenstock/ formerly of Bomb the Music Industry!) and Chris Farren (Fake Problems/Chris Farren) the Initially, the show had Ian Graham from Cheap Girls performing a solo set, but was quickly removed from the bill once allegations of abuse and “predatory” behavior surfaced.
For the release of her debut record “Infinite Worlds,” Vagabon played two Northeast shows, one at PhilaMOCA and the main show at Baby’s All Right. With the headlining act being able to control the openers for the show, the band put younger, POC at the forefront of the stage.
Queer-glam band PWR BTTM previewed their second record “Pageant” scheduled for release on May 12. Originally scheduled to be held at the Brooklyn venue Shea Stadium, the venue was changed due to a police raid at the DIY space.
As a fundraiser for Housing Works, The Friday Party at Brooklyn’s Industry City brought several amazing writers and performers spanning many genres for an intimate evening in the space. Hosted by Jazmine Hughes, whose poignant writing and upbeat witticisms made her an ideal emcee for the evening in between artists and readers.
LA rockers Cherry Glazerr previewed new material at Brooklyn’s Baby’s All Right. With new members Tabor Allen on drums and Sasami Ashworth on keys, the band was rounded out with touring bassist Pascal Stevenson of the band Moaning.
The Ally Coalition Talent Show brought their holiday festivities to Webster Hall for the third year in a row. Sponsored by Bleachers’ Jack and Rachel Antonoff in coordination with New Alternatives’ for Youth, an organization that specifically deals with LGBT homelessness, an epidemic which is especially errant during these cold months. The show revolved around several performers doing mini-sets of about two to three songs acoustically, backed by members of Bleachers and Fun. Musicians and comedians were both featured, some hitting their mark more than others.
The last show on his run of 10 New York shows in support of his latest record “22, A Million”, Bon Iver ended the tour at the smallest venue on the docket, Brooklyn’s Music Hall of Williamsburg. With other locales such as Kings Theatre and Hammerstein Ballroom, the intimate space of the recently AXS acquired club begged the question as to how the grandiose compositions of the recent Bon Iver record would be performed.
Lead by Michelle Zauner, Japanese Breakfast played their first performance of the year at Greenpoint venue Union Pool. As a free “first come, first served” event, the venue filled quickly for the highly anticipated show, which was closed off to RSVPs an hour into them being available online.
Having toured this year with The Dresden Dolls, Lake Street Dive, and Pity Sex, PWR BTTM began a massive U.S. tour at Brooklyn’s Baby’s All Right with openers Lisa Prank and Vundabar.