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Photograph: Filip WolakDreamcrusher at the Market Hotel reopening party on Jan 22

The best upcoming shows at Market Hotel

We round up the most anticipated shows in the next couple months at the recently revived Brooklyn venue, Market Hotel

Written by
Ro Samarth
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In mid-2015, riot-grrrl institution Sleater-Kinney dropped some unexpected news by way of its reunion-tour schedule: a December date at the long-shuttered Market Hotel, marking a reopening six years and six figures in the making. A brainchild of Brooklyn independent-music-venue magnate Todd P (see Trans-Pecos and former digs Death by Audio and 285 Kent), the venue that sits along the Bushwick–Bed-Stuy border first closed its doors back in 2010 after cops raided a Smith Westerns show. With the proper licensing now securing its institutional legitimacy, the newly revamped space fortunately retains all its original grungy-as-hell charm: graffitied exteriors, a compact stage crammed in the corner and concertgoers wedged between now-infamous support pillars (the front one even boasts its very own Twitter). Emblematic of the space’s DIY tenet—prioritizing artistic diversity and providing all-ages access and affordable tickets—the inaugural winter-spring schedule features an eclectic mix of talent. Queer nihilist harsh noise (Dreamcrusher headlined the reopening party), experimental punk rap, gauzy indie rock…. It’s all on the menu. Here are our favorite picks.

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Upcoming shows at Market Hotel

  • Music
  • Rock and indie

Luis Vasquez, the secretive Californian behind the Soft Moon, inhabits old-fashioned goth much like his singer-songwriter peers cling to folk. His take on the style is mannered yet creepy, with spare synths and bass presented as murky echoes of Joy Division. Tonight the live-band version plays behind an album we included on our list of "2015's Best," Deeper.

  • Music
  • Rock and indie

Working as DIIV, Zachary Cole Smith & Co. crafted a killer debut in 2012 that blended shoegaze, pyschedelia and a pounding postpunk beat to dreamily delicious effect. In the meantime, lead singer Cole stumbled into love with indie-pop princess Sky Ferreira, in addition to a turbulent relationship with rehab and possession charges. Fortunately, it provides excellent source material for the highly anticipated double-album follow-up, Is the Is Are, delves deeper into the crew's dark, liquidy guitar rock textures.

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  • Music
  • Rock and indie

In their folk-punk project Girlpool, high school friends Harmony Tividad and Cleo Tucker weave their voices in and out of each other above spare guitar melodies, shouting in unison as often as they spin vocal harmonies. The minimal instrumentation and arrangement makes every note meaningful and leaves little room for mistakes—an exposed artistic position which aligns perfectly with the kind of radically vulnerable lyrics found on last year's 10-song Before the World Was Big.

Photograph: Courtesy Creative Commons/Flickr/digboston

  • Music
  • Rap, hip-hop and R&B

Fusing her consummately vicious wordsmithery with a riot grrl image, queer rapper Mykki Blanco further proved her endless ability to transgress labels and conventions on last year's noisy collaboration project Mykki Blanco Presents C-ORE released on her new Dog Food imprint.

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