With no more than 1/3 of its max capacity occupied, the Bowery Ballroom felt extremely spacious for once. Whether or not Matthew E. White cared about the turnout never became apparent as he still performed a full set, mostly drawn from his debut album Big Inner. Opener Helado Negro at least had a few people dancing along to his songs, but White’s music isn’t as conducive to dancing. But White himself demonstrated some synchronized steps alongside bassist Cameron Ralston, stepping side to side and around during the middle of a song. Some of his songs lacked the brass or horns that appeared on that album, but his smaller band worked well to keep the audience entertained. It is likely that the band were also enjoying themselves. As CMJ said, “The group has been touring this material for a while now and like any adventurous, talented group of musicians, it’s obvious they take a certain amount of glee in finding new wrinkles in them, stretching solos out into new shapes and trying out new arrangements just for the hell of it.” If you haven’t checked out the well received (critically) album from White, there’s still plenty of time to do so, and to catch him on tour in Europe during the summer. Dates are below.