The Set List: Live Music on the L.E.S.
Here’s TLD Contributor Flora Theden’s weekly run-down of the best live music on the Lower East Side.
Thursday – Plume Giant
Plume Giant is orchestral music in dream-pop clothes, borne first from the halls of Yale’s music department but now calling Brooklyn home. The forthcoming self-titled full length album is co-produced by Danny Molad and Sam Cohen (of Yellowbirds).
Listen to: We Got it Made
Mercury Lounge // February 19th // 9pm // $10
Friday – Fireships
Make sure to catch this recently-announced show – it’s the last one Fireships will play before their album release in April. And the Brooklyn-based post-Americana rock band, created by one of our favorite local musicians, Andrew Vladeck, always has a fun time on stage with guitar-driven alt-folk that’s dreamy, fiery, spontaneous and well-crafted.
Listen to: Come Back to Me
Rockwood Music Hall // February 20th // 8pm // Free
Saturday – Frank Viele
Frank Viele may be from the north, but he’s got a southern blues rock sensibility, bringing his “new music with an old soul” sound to NYC. Viele was awarded the 2014 New England Music Award for Best Live Act and will perform songs from his new album Fall Your Way, which comes out April 7th. The album features guitarist Joe Bonamassa along with members of the funk band Kung Fu and, of course, Viele himself on lead vocals and acoustic guitar.
Listen to: Easy Money
Rockwood Music Hall // February 21st // 6pm // Free
Saturday – Crosss
If you’re a Ty Segall fan, make sure to check out Crosss, a psychedelic grunge-rock outfit from Canada. A mix of garage and punk with sludgy guitar riffs, the show is sure to be a high-energy sweaty dance party in the basement of Cake Shop.
Listen to: Old Sound
Cake Shop // February 21st // 8pm // $TBA
Sunday – The Poetry Brothel
The Poetry Brothel is a unique and immersive poetry event that takes poetry outside classrooms and lecture halls and places it in the lush interiors of a bordello. The Poetry Brothel’s “Madame” presents a rotating cast of poets, each operating within a carefully constructed character, who impart their work in public readings, spontaneous eruptions of poetry, and most distinctly, as purveyors of private, one-on-one poetry readings in back rooms.
The Back Room // February 22nd // 8pm to 12am // $30
Monday – Timber Timbre
The first of a two-night stint at Bowery Ballroom, Canadian indie folk act Timber Timbre will perform with opener Thus Owls. The haunted sounds of Timber Timbre feature singer/songwriter/multi-instrumentalist Taylor Kirk, who is supported by keyboardist/percussionist/violinist Mika Posen and guitarist/percussionist Simon Trottier. They released Hot Dreams in 2014.
Listen to: Hot Dreams
Bowery Ballroom // February 23rd // 9pm // $25
Tuesday – Le Couleur (Launch Party)
Celebrating the release of Dolce Désir and their first US performance, Le Couleur will perform with electro party rockers Beat Market. The follow up to 2013’s much beloved Voyage Love EP, Dolce Désir is a five track EP that sees the band fully embrace the romantic disco visions of yore, while maintaining their forward thinking franco-pop sensibilities.
Listen to: Concerto Rock
Piano’s // February 24th // 8pm // $8
Flora Theden lives and works in the Lower East Side. She is an Account Executive in the Hospitality Division of Brandsway Creative, a Public Relations, Marketing and Branding firm.