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 – Dances
Make sure to catch the last night of their February residency at Piano’s. The Brooklyn-based psych rock band released their debut EP, Whiter Sands, in 2014 on Black Bell Records (home of Honduras and Total Slacker). Check them out if you like Wavves, Deerhunter or Yuck.
Listen to: Holy Fool
Piano’s // February 26th // 10pm // $8
Friday – Charlie Brand
Fresh off releasing his debut solo album, Monsoons (which hit iTunes on February 24th), singer/songwriter Charlie Brand is bringing his dreamy, ethereal sound to Mercury Lounge. Brand was previously the guitarist/vocalist for Brooklyn-based indie pop band Miniature Tigers. You’ll like him if you’re a fan of Elliott Smith, Andrew Bird or Cat Power.
Listen to: Zen Whatever
Mercury Lounge // February 27th // 10:30pm // $10
Saturday – Kill Bill Showcase
Sunday – Potty Mouth
Putting out a very “90’s girl band” vibe, Potty Mouth is an all female punk group with a sound rooted in indie rock and the riot grrrl movement. Channel your inner Courtney Love and rock out with these badass women who don’t care if you like their music (they’re having too much fun to notice).
Bowery Ballroom // March 1st // 9pm // $20
Tuesday – ONWE
Not for the faint of heart, the “Bushwick cyberpunx” project led by David Welles recently released two singles, “jk bb” and “Unpaid Internship,” via Capitalist Records (whose logo is eerily similar to that of Capitol Records). The latter single laments the gentrification of Bushwick through some not-so-subtle lyrics: “Cause I’m a whiny little bitch. I think I’m entitled to everything. Cause I’m a whiny trustfund kid, can’t believe I work an unpaid internship.” Well, he’s got a point.
Listen to: jk bb
Bowery Electric // March 3rd // 7pm // $10
Wednesday – Zusha Purim Festival
Don’t miss this show at Bowery Ballroom. Zusha is a Folk/World-Soul band made up of three “neo-Hasidic hipsters” who are on the rise, culminating most recently in playing to three sold-out audiences in NYC. Their debut eponymous EP, which charted #9 on Billboard’s World music chart, is filled with melodies that heal and harmonies that inspire. Their sold-out release show at Mercury Lounge created a line down Houston Street.
Listen to: Brother
Bowery Ballroom // March 4th // 9pm // $20
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.