January is supposed to be a slow month. This one was fast and full, with great performances and deep loss: Pete Seeger on January 27th and R&B vocal legend the Mighty Hannibal on January 30th. They are remembered here with ex-Byrd Gene Clark, who died in May, 1991. His opulent and despairing 1974 album, No Other, was performed in sequence, with perfect respect and detail, at Brooklyn’s Music Hall of Williamsburg by a supergroup of fans from Beach House, Fleet Foxes and Grizzly Bear.
Other gigs reflected here that blew away the New Year blues and snow: Neil Young at Carnegie Hall; the reunion of Nineties psychedelic outsiders Neutral Milk Hotel; another Byrd, David Crosby, playing all of his sublime, new album, Croz, then coming back for a long set of history including his 1971 acid-western trip “Cowboy Movie”; and, at the Beacon Theater, the jamming band Umphrey’s McGee whose “In the Kitchen” is about getting through winter in their hometown, Chicago.