Posts by AdHoc Staff

Photo Gallery: AdHoc SXSW 2018

Photo Gallery: AdHoc SXSW 2018 Snail Mail (cred: AdHoc Staff)

Missed out on our two showcases at SXSW last week? No worries! Catch up with this sweet assortment of professional and polaroid pics from both of our showcases at Cheer Up Charlies in Austin!!


Palm (cred: Hayden Sitomer/AdHoc Staff)


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Photo Gallery: Danny L Harle at Sunnyvale

Photo Gallery: Danny L Harle at Sunnyvale Photography by Nick Karp

Last Saturday March 17th, Danny L Harle brought his epic HARLECOR3 show featuring Serena Jana, Jen Mas, DJ Ocean and DJ Fuck to the Sunnyvale stage. Nick Karp got some sweet snaps of the evening – check them out below!

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Photo Gallery: Secret Circle at Market Hotel

Photo Gallery: Secret Circle at Market Hotel Photos by Nick Karp

Last Wednesday March 7th, Secret Circle (WIKI, Antwon, Lil Ugly Mane) played their second crazy Brooklyn show this month at Market Hotel. Nick Karp was there to capture the magic – check out his images below.



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Join the AdHoc Street Team!

Join the AdHoc Street Team!

Do you love going to see live music in NYC? Wanna spread the word about awesome AdHoc events in your neighborhood? You're in luck! 

We are on the look-out for passionate volunteers to join our street team to help distribute posters, handbills, and our monthly print zine at various locations in Brooklyn, Queens, and Manhattan. Each member must be willing to drop off promo materials at around 10 or more small local businesses aroud town. 

Earn free tickets to our events including sold-out shows, parties, and events each time you help distribute promotional materials! If you are interested in joining us, apply HERE.

AdHoc Issue 25 Features Bill Orcutt and Snail Mail's Lindsey Jordan

AdHoc Issue 25 Features Bill Orcutt and Snail Mail's Lindsey Jordan Artwork by Taylor Mulitz

AdHoc Issue 25 is here! Download a PDF of the zine at this link.

Howdy, pardners! God, we’re so sorry we said “howdy” and “pardners”; it’s SxSW time again, and we’re excited. Last year, after our yearly showcase at Cheer Up Charlies, we snuck away from the bustle of Dirty Sixth Street and hit the Broken Spoke, a legendary country dancehall with an entire room dedicated to the cowboy hats of the rich and famous. Between glugs of Lone Star, we caught a set from The Derailers, one of the greatest and loudest honky-tonk bands of our time. They covered Buck Owens, they covered The Beatles, they played songs about heartbreak and hangovers, and we tried to dance along with the regulars and failed miserably. That spirit of discovery and possibility defines the SxSW experience, no matter how many stages get sponsored by Doritos.

This year, if you’re looking for something off the beaten path, we’ll be back at Cheer Up Charlies on Red River, putting on two nights of shows on two stages, featuring sets from Snail Mail and Flasher—two artists featured in this zine—as well as HOVVDY, Sudan Archives, A Place to Bury Strangers, Sammus, and Ought. We’ll see you at HOVVDY, pardners, and we’ll try to keep the puns at a minimum.

AdHoc 25's contributors:

Taylor Mulitz is a freelance designer and the guitarist and vocalist of Flasher. He designed this issue’s cover.

Anna True is a food-motivated graphic designer and illustrator. She made the illustrations for this zine.

Jeff Rosenstock is an up-and-coming songwriter from NYC. He penned this issue’s advice column.

Look out for physical copies both at our shows and at record stores, bookstores, coffee shops, and community centers throughout the city. There will also be copies at our SxSW showcases at Cheer Up Charlies. If you happen to live outside of New York, you may order a copy as well. 

Catch AdHoc at SxSW for our Unofficial and Official showcases on 3/14 & 3/16! 

AdHoc Seeks Events and Editorial Interns For Summer 2018

AdHoc Seeks Events and Editorial Interns For Summer 2018

AdHoc is seeking both events and editorial interns to work in our Brooklyn office. All candidates must live in the New York area and be available 12-20 hours per week starting mid-May and ending in mid-August.

Editorial internship tasks include assisting with copy-editing, fact-checking, research, CMS, social media, conducting artist interviews, writing contribution, and zine distribution. 

Event internship tasks include ticket counts, social media management, handling music submissions, fact-checking, using Photoshop/video editing software, building marketing plans, zine distribution, and, after some training, show booking. You should have excellent research skills, a laptop, and familiarity with the local music scene. The ability to gain school credit for the internship is strongly preferred but not required.

For consideration, please specify which internship you'd like to apply for in your cover letter, and submit your resume, 2 writing samples, and a list of your top 5 albums and tracks of 2018 (so far) in an email to with the subject line “SUMMER INTERNSHIP 2018″ by March 20th.

We look forward to hearing from you.

Dear Nora's Katy Davidson Shares Her Favorite Dear Nora Deep Cuts

Dear Nora's Katy Davidson Shares Her Favorite Dear Nora Deep Cuts Photo by Megan Marzec

After their humble beginnings at Lewis & Clark College in Portland, OR, Dear Nora has stuck around for the long haul. The band has been producing its own brand of subdued folk-pop since 1999. In 2008, they disbanded. With the re-release of Mountain Rock last year, the fans latched back on and interest in Dear Nora was once again apparent. Ahead of their show on 3/2 at Park Church Co-Op, singer & guitarist Katy Davidson, also of Key Losers and Lloyd & Michael, shared a playlist of songs with AdHoc spanning her career as a musician. 

"I made this playlist because I want to share a collection of my songs that are potentially lesser-known but are some of my personal favorites," Katie told AdHoc. "I’m including some stream-of-consciousness notes about each song—things that occur to me as I listen to them. I haven’t heard some of these songs in many, many years. All three of my bands are represented here."

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Photo Gallery: Homeshake, Greatest Champion Alive at Market Hotel

Photo Gallery: Homeshake, Greatest Champion Alive at Market Hotel Photo by Griffin Harrington

On Tuesday, Homeshake began their sold out 4-night stay at Market Hotel. They were joined by Greatest Champion Alive, who played a stunning first show. Griffin Harrington was there to capture the magic – check out his images below. Homeshake will play the last of his 4 sold out shows at Market Hotel tonight with Un Blonde

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#AdHocLifeAdvice with Adult Mom

#AdHocLifeAdvice with Adult Mom Illustration by Aubrey Nolan

In #adhoclifeadvice, we ask artists we love to answer questions from you, our readers. This time around, Adult Mom frontperson Steph Knipe discusses juggling obligations and politely declining an offer to collaborate. Adult Mom will perform with Harmony Woods and Goodie at Baby's All Right on February 3.


@ivyrnel: What do you do when you’re obligated to do something, but really can’t because it [...] will be detrimental to your mental health, but not doing the thing will also be detrimental to your mental health as people will bitch about you for not doing it?

Steph Knipe: I like to make a list and identify what it would mean to “push myself.” Kind of like, if I decide to go into work today, I will have pain in my back for the rest of the week. If I don’t go into work today, I won’t have enough money for my bills. If I don’t go out with my friends, they will be mad at me. If I stay home, I will give myself space and time to process through what I’m dealing with.

I like to make lists of what the true “repercussions” would be, to really size up what is more detrimental and what isn’t. Obligations are real, but, at the end of the day, we are human people, with needs that are constantly in flux. It’s important for me to make these lists to show myself what I need to focus on, what I need to value. Often my health in general is closer to the bottom of the list, and that’s cruel.

Often I feel the need to “suck it up” and “push myself” through things that end up being immensely challenging and bad for my body and brain. I’m not saying it’s always a bad thing to push through, but it should never send you to a place that would be detrimental and dangerous for you. The only reason anyone should push through is to grow and better themselves, not because they have an obligation to somebody else!

Anyways, I’m happy that you’re even thinking about your mental health.That’s an important step!  It’s a skill to figure out your true limits, but the only way to start is to start taking inventory. Make the list, and if it comes around that you really cannot escape the obligation, make sure to do at least one amazing thing for yourself that day.

Anonymous: I have a friend—and I enjoy their company and think they’re a great person! But I’m not a huge fan of their music—it just isn’t my thing, but they keep asking me to collaborate on tracks, and I keep giving the excuse that I’m super busy (which is true) but then I’ll collaborate with other people and it feels really awful. Is there ever a tactful way to tell a friend that you’re just not that into their tunes...and still remain friends?

I totally understand why you would lie to your friend; it’s a difficult decision that doesn’t really have any right answers, I would say. BUT, if it were me, I would definitely have an open dialogue about it. Obviously, being told that somebody who you care for doesn’t like your art stings like hell, but there are definitely tactics to lessen the blow with some slight language modifications!

I would start with a positive—maybe something about how you can see that their fans or current collaborators really love the music, and maybe focus on a talent of theirs that you appreciate (good technical singer? producer?). And then I would just be honest: “I just don’t think that us collaborating would be a great fit for me.” The honesty there is great, and it also helps prevents the other person from being defensive, because the language is that it doesn’t work for YOU, not them.

You don’t have to go into detail; I think just a simple response is perfect. It’s not easy to be honest like this, but it’s your art and your project!! An honest and openly communicative friendship is a good one :-) 

AdHoc's Issue 24 Features Palm and Royal Trux

AdHoc's Issue 24 Features Palm and Royal Trux Artwork by Hether Fortune

AdHoc Issue 24 is here! Download a PDF of the zine at this link. 

It’s a new year, which means it’s time for some resolutions. Whatever you’ve dedicated yourself to—maybe reading more, or spending less time on social media—any self-improvement regimen is ultimately an attempt to forge an even better version of your (already wonderful) self. Most of the time, being your best self means getting in touch with what makes you unique, celebrating it, and doing what you can to accentuate it. In AdHoc Issue 24, we’ve highlighted some artists who’ve spent their careers marching to the beat of their own drum. Adult Mom’s Steph Knipe heads up this issue’s advice column, dishing on how to maintain your agency amid a sea of obligations both real and perceived. Meanwhile, Jennifer Herrema and Kasra Kurt, members of Royal Trux and Palm respectively, drive home how following your instincts can yield wholly unique art. And what better example of tapping into your hidden creative potential than the portrait of Anaïs Nin that appears on our cover, created by Wax Idols' Hether Fortune? Though she’s only been painting for a few months, the poet and musician has quickly honed in on a style of her own and is stretching what it means to call her an artist. That kind of daring is something to aspire to as we go into 2018.

AdHoc Issue 24's contributors:

Hether Fortune is a multidisciplinary artist and writer best known for her work in the band Wax Idols. She made the painting of Anaïs Nin that appears on the cover of this zine.

Steph Knipe is the songwriter and frontperson of Adult Mom; they are 23 and obsessed with the television series Grey's Anatomy. They penned this issue’s advice column.

Aubrey Nolan is a Queens-based illustrator, cartoonist, and host of the monthly reading series for cartoonists, Panels to the People. She made the illustrations for this zine.

Look out for physical copies both at our shows and at record stores, bookstores, coffee shops, and community centers throughout the city. If you happen to live outside of New York, you may order a copy as well.