Ric Leichtung

Curator / Editor and Founder of Ad Hoc

AdHoc is a monthly print publication and events collective founded by Ric Leichtung and Emilie Friedlander after their experimental music blog Altered Zones dissolved from Pitchfork. A multi-faceted arts and culture initiative, AdHoc’s prestigious editorial and events have a symbiotic dynamic where longform music writing about punk, noise, forward-thinking dance music is brought to life from the page to the stage with adventurous curation. Initially operating from 285 Kent and now Market Hotel, AdHoc paints a living landscape of the underground music scene and cultivates community online and IRL with DIY shows at Palisades, Trans-Pecos, The Silent Barn, and Shea Stadium among others. AdHoc also brings its community-driven ethos to the traditional venue, having helped launch Baby’s All Right alongside fellow Sawdust curator Billy Jones and in its alliance with Webster Hall, the largest independently owned and operated club in New York. Known for pushing the boundaries of the live event space, the publication often uses non-traditional settings like local bodegas and delis, dim sum and soul food restaurants, vacant rooftops and abandoned warehouses, beautiful churches, and massive car washes in its mission to showcase artists in settings as unique as the company it keeps.