Baek Hwong aka NoSo played their first New York City show as a headliner, and their largest show to date as the headliner, on Tuesday night 10/15 at the Mercury Lounge. They were backed by Jade Fink on bass and Jessy Reed on drums. For their set, they played their debut LP, Stay Proud of Me, in its entirety, albeit with the songs in a different order.
NoSo is a terrific guitar player, and it was wonderful to witness their fingers fly over the strings so rhythmically and effortlessly. While their music is delicate and melodic, it is also subtle and precise. Look into the words deeply and you will feel the ache behind their personal lyrics, as well as moments of joy and tenderness. NoSo is unafraid to draw upon their experiences as a young Asian American person who has transitioned, and through their music, offers us a glimpse of what it’s like to be on that journey. They expressed how important it was for them to be out and clear about their identity, especially if it helps others feel seen.
I’m so happy I was able to catch NoSo in such an intimate setting with a very supportive and enthusiastic crowd, and they seemed really happy too.
NoSo was recently featured on NPR Music’s Tiny Desk Concert series.
Singer Alexa Dark kicked things off with a quick 15 minute set.
Scroll down for setlist, pics of the show (photos by Ellen Qbertplaya)
Setlist: David, I Feel You, I’m Embarrassed I Still Think of You, Honey Understand, Sorry I Laughed, Feeling Like a Woman Lately, Man Who Loves You, Everything I’ve Got, Suburbia Encore: Parasites