Ken’s Pick: Balthrop Alabama & The Bandana Splits

Balthrop Alabama

We Have Electricity.  That’s the name of Balthrop Alabama’s latest full-length album. In fact, with a series of lovely EPs, and their debut being a double album, it could be considered their only full-length outing (technically speaking). And true to its name, it does pulse with some power.

In the mid-2000s’, brother & sister co-founders Pascal & Lauren Balthrop moved to Brooklyn and soon formed a band. But the forming of their band was also the forming of a town – a fictitious, self-named town — where every resident is the ‘wacky neighbor’ and they’re all awesome musicians.

Weekend Music Picks

Here are musician Ken Beasley’s top music picks on the Lower East Side for this weekend:

ANDREW VLADECK – Fri Dec. 9 | 10pm at The Living Room

Andrew Vladeck

The last time we highlighted songwriter/banjo-picker extraordinaire Andrew Vladeck, he was performing as part of The Lo-Down’s CMJ showcase back in October. He’s back on the Lower East Side tomorrow, at the Living Room, and he’ll be followed by another great band (of which he is a regular member), Balthrop, Alabama. Formed by brother/sister team Pascal and Lauren Balthrop, Balthrop, Alabama offers up super-fun tunes, with left-of-center themes, and accompanies them with live illustratons.  FREE//154 Ludlow St.

Weekend Music Picks

Here are musician Ken Beasley’s top music picks on the Lower East Side this weekend:

Fang Island

FANG ISLAND – Fri., Mar 11 | 8PM at the Bowery Ballroom

“Everyone high-fiving everyone.” That’s how Brooklyn rockers Fang Island describe their music. Offering up heavy, melodic tunes like “Treeton,” laced with happy synth parts and beach boy harmonies, and “Daisy” with its effects-rich dueling guitars, they definitely inspire the urge to turn to your neighbor and slap hands, up high AND down low. $13: Advance $15: Day of Show// 6 Delancey St.

Weekend Music Picks

Here are musician Ken Beasley’s top music picks on the Lower East Side this weekend:

Balthrop Alabama Ensemble

BALTHROP ALABAMA – Friday, Dec. 17 | 11:30PM at Joe’s Pub

Balthrop Alabama is the imagined musical paradise envisioned by brother and sister team, Pascal and Lauren Balthrop. They’ve populated their special town with top musicians, an illustrator, and lots of good-time energy. For their annual Christmas show, “A Very Balthrop Christmas” at Joe’s Pub, they’ll be welcoming some special guests like Dawn Landes and The Bandana Splits, just to name a few. $15 // 425 Lafayette Street.