A Hardcore, Noisy Friday at Market Hotel Tops NYC’s Best Shows This Weekend


New York venues are, collectively, a Hydra of sorts: When one closes, it seems like at least two more open. Or, in the case of Market Hotel (yes, its resurrection is still worth talking about), when one closes, it reopens five years later in a form unlikely to get shut down again. This week, we get a few examples of the Circle of Venue Life. At the aforementioned Market 2.0, an intense night with headliners Show Me The Body that is worth the tinnitus; at new spot Sunnyvale, a grand opening party with Oberhofer and Genesis P-Orridge (rescheduled after Storm Jonas forced cancellation of the same lineup at Trans-Pecos); at Trans-Pecos, housed in the old Silent Barn, blissful psych-folk with MV & EE’s Matt Valentine is a perfect way to forget about the Super Bowl; and at the current Silent Barn, a side project from local darlings Porches.’s frontman. That’s not to malign the equally worthwhile shows happening at venues that have managed to stick around consistently. Those are worth a look, too.

Marlon Williams
Mercury Lounge
7:30 p.m., $12

Already a success in his native New Zealand, alt-country wunderkind Marlon Williams sets his sights on North American audiences with his first-ever headlining tour stateside, which stops at the Mercury Lounge February 5. It heralds the February 19 U.S. release of his self-titled debut record, which was nominated for an ARIA Award (that’s the Australian version of a Grammy) in the blues & roots category. His croon is as authentic as they come, buoying the chug and churn of rollicking single “Hello Miss Lonesome.” The 24-year-old singer songwriter is as bold as he is young (that is: very), starring in edgy videos — he goes full-frontal nude for “Miss Lonesome,” while the moody “Dark Child” cleverly examines shared tragedy in the wake of mass violence — and fearlessly referencing rockabilly and punk in his bluesy tunes. — Lindsey Rhoades

Show Me The Body
Market Hotel
8 p.m., $10

One of the first shows at the rebooted Market Hotel is this night of unusual heavy soundscapes, headlined by Queens alt-hardcore band Show Me The Body. Their style is melodic, sometimes rock-influenced but at other times erupting unexpectedly into screamed vocals and walls of noise. Wiki, the rapper who fronts the New York underground hip-hop group Ratking, appears on one of their tracks — an appropriate association for a group that manages to stretch across genres without losing force. Houston experimental noise force of nature B L A C K I E opens, alongside Philly’s incredible Moor Mother Goddess. She’s drawn interest for her outspoken stance on racial politics and dedication to social justice, ideals which appear in her music when she blends sampled slave spirituals with electronics. It’s good to see Market Hotel reaching outside its usual purview of indie rock as it defines the parameters of its reincarnated space — and, if this show is any indication, those parameters are wonderfully wide. — Sophie Weiner

L. Subramaniam
92nd Street Y
8 p.m., $25-55

Known for his film scores (Mississippi MasalaSalaam Bombay) and frequent collaborations with jazzers (Stéphane Grappelli, Larry Coryell), pop stars (Stevie Wonder), and classical institutions (Yehudi Menuhin, symphony orchestras aplenty), five-string violinist Dr. Lakshminarayana Subramaniam performs a relatively rare concert of Southern Indian Carnatic music. His violinist son Ambi Subramaniam, and Mahesh Krishnamurthy on the resonant mridangam drum, will join him. Although touted as a totally classical program, the so-called “Paganini of Indian classical music” is also noted for the sort of flashy virtuosity the fusion realm still feeds upon. — Richard Gehr

Bang on a Can People’s Commissioning Fund Concert
Kaufman Center
7:30 p.m., $25

Avant crowd-funders Bang on a Can have been soliciting contributions to commission new works and presenting the results annually since 1997. This year’s batch — performed, as always, by the mighty Bang on a Can All-Stars — consists of René Lussier’s Nocturne, a transformation of the composer’s girlfriend’s snores into music; Caroline Shaw’s Really Craft When You, a translation of quilters’ shoptalk into music; Gabriella Smith’s Panitao, imaginary bird songs inspired by a Chilean farm; and Beijing rocker Zhang Shouwang’s ongoing “White Project.” The evening will also include Julia Wolfe’s “Reeling,” from her ongoing multimedia exploration “Field Recordings,” and “Breaker Boys” (with Trinity Choir) from Anthracite Fields, her recent oratorio inspired by Pennsylvanian coal miners. — Richard Gehr

Oberhofer, Genesis P-Orridge
8 p.m., $10

Genesis P-Orridge and their crew of psychedelic pranksters may be feeling a bit down after the recent blizzard forced them to cancel a weekend-long festival at Trans-Pecos, but this show christening new venue Sunnyvale (as in Buffy the Vampire Slayer’s hometown) should lift everyone’s spirits. Genesis is joined by Oberhofer‘s hazy Technicolor pop and the Lynchian intensity of fellow Brooklynites LODRO. Cassie Ramone will (wo)man the decks for a dance party that, knowing the crowd that founded the venue, may stretch well into the morning. Sunnyvale, located along the easternmost reaches of Grand Street in the heavily industrial area by Newtown Creek (don’t try swimming in it — it’s a Superfund site), is already one of Brooklyn’s most promising new venues. The space has a shockingly huge interior and dangerously boozy drink specials. If their soft-opening weekend was any indication, prepare yourself for a night that you may still be feeling several days later. — Sophie Weiner

Avalon Jazz Band with Gordon Webster
The Django at the Roxy Hotel
8 p.m., free

Living in a city that’s experienced a years-long explosion of vintage-inspired music and events means inevitably biting into some bad jazz apples. This night isn’t one of them. Pianist Gordon Webster is a sought-after bandleader in the swing-dance scene, which means his musicality and sense of rhythm are nearly unparalleled; when he says Fats Waller and Oscar Peterson are influences, he’s not kidding. Tonight he collaborates with small but powerful ensemble Avalon Jazz Band, whose influences come from across the pond: Half of them are French, and they continue in the beloved steps of Django Reinhardt and Stéphane Grappelli, but with a contemporary and delightful American twist. While the city’s best swing dancers will likely show up to twirl all night, even the two-left-footed can appreciate the music (and the gorgeous venue, which is a faithful recreation of a Forties-era Paris basement club). This show is the preview of a new bi-weekly Tuesday swing session, Le Jazz Hot, which begins February 23. — Zoë Leverant

Matt “MV” Valentine
2 p.m., $10

A central member of Vermont free-folk collective MV & EE, Matt Valentine uses his solo output to flex different muscles than the ones he taps to compose the wandering jams he plays with his band. His debut under his own name, last year’s What I Became, is full of guitar feedback, crunchy fuzz, and long reverb, creating a haunting atmosphere that sounds like the comedown of an exhausting trip; it’s the dark twin of MV & EE’s sunnier usage of similar effects. He’s not a one-note songwriter, though, and on tracks like opener “Continuing the Good Life” he plucks and slides his guitar tenderly, while “PK Dick” employs sitar and tablas for a throwback to late-Sixties psych. Valentine has proved he’s well-studied in American folk traditions, and it’s nice to hear him try them all on for size, since each fits him almost perfectly. Super Bowl be damned; this is the place to spend Sunday afternoon. — Zoë Leverant

Gramercy Theatre
7 p.m., $22.50

Superbowl rivals Peyton and Cam aren’t the only old-school/up-and-comer pairing on Sunday night, as Canadian thrash legends Voivod hit the stage with Philadelphia tech-thrash band Vektor. It’ll be a night full of sci-fi-inspired lyrics and in-your-face shredding: Vektor’s futuristic songs are about as riff heavy as they come, and teasers from their upcoming album, Terminal Redux, show no signs of the group slowing down. Meanwhile, Voivod’s proggy take on thrash seems to have weathered the departure of founding bass player Jean-Yves Thériault (a/k/a Blacky) in 2014, and the Eighties icons have both an EP and a new album planned for this year. The concert won’t be the passing-down-of-the-torch that the media is touting That Football Game to be, but it will feature just as many body-slams in its unwavering mosh pit. — Catherine P. Lewis

Ronald Paris
Silent Barn
8 p.m., $8

Aaron Maine has found success with his bleakly idiosyncratic pop project Porches., and in his relationship with influential indie pop songwriter Frankie Cosmos (a/k/a Greta Kline). Like many of his similarly prolific contemporaries, Maine also has a side project, Ronald Paris. Though he hasn’t hasn’t released any new music under the moniker since 2014, Porches.’s Ronald Paris House EP dropped back in October, so take from that name what you will. As Ronald Paris, Maine focuses on a slightly spacier, lo-fi brand of electro-pop, leaving out the guitars and drums (recommended track: “Leather,” featuring vocals from Kline). Another side project will accompany Maine that night, specifically Harmony Tividad, one half of the buzzy duo Girlpool, playing a solo set. New York’s True Blue and Baltimore’s Sitcom will also play. Silent Barn should be the perfect venue to bask in these intimate DIY sounds on a winter night. — Sophie Weiner