Labor Day Weekend Music Picks

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

Lindsay Katt

LINDSAY KATT - Sat, Sep 3 | 8PM at The Living Room

Lindsay Katt might be relatively new to some folks, but the young songwriter has already had songs featured on MTV’s “The Real World” and “Teen Mom.” Sure, maybe not the best shows for entertaining the toddlers, but still seen by millions. With an array of personal pop songs and a band of seasoned pros, Katt will be performing to mark the release of her new CD “Picking Out Boxes.” $20//154  Ludlow St.

 

Weekend Music Picks

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

Dujeaous

DUJEOUS – Fri, Aug 26 | 11:30PM at The Mercury Lounge

Pronounced [Doo-Jee-Us], New York’s Dujeous are keeping the flame of East Coast Hip-Hop burning brightly. With 7 members contributing equally to a sound full of horns, wah-wah pedals and city-centric lyrics, the band isn’t locked into any one way of creating a song. The group is very New York, and they’re more than happy to remind you of that with any mic, instrument, or tool within arms reach. It’s their creativity, along with the group’s energy on stage that has built them a hefty following over the last 8 years. $10// 217 E Houston St.

Weekend Music Picks

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

Caitlin Rose

CAILTIN ROSE – Sat, Aug 20 | 7:30PM at The Mercury Lounge

Native Nashvillian Caitlin Rose has the kind of disarming voice that should be weaving its way through the crackles of a gramophone. She sounds old school, but is definitely an artist of today. Her observational songs and soul-baring lyrics have been winning her fans and awards overseas for some time. Now, on tour supporting her domestic release of “Own Side Now,” she is grabbing the attention of stateside critics and building a hearty following across the country.  $10// 217 E Houston St.

Weekend Music Picks

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

In One Wind

IN ONE WIND – Fri, Aug 12 | 11PM at Rockwood Music Hall

The Brooklyn sextet In One Wind creates pop/jazz songs that sound country, and indie rock songs that sound like cinematic scores. With melodic storytelling at the core of In One Wind’s sound, founder/songwriter Angelo Spagnolo submits his compositions in raw from and lets the band, as a collective, shape it into the finished product. The result is a thoughtful mix of musical talent and heartfelt sincerity. FREE// 196 Allen St.

Weekend Music Picks

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

Emily Greene

EMILY GREENE – Fri, Aug 5 | 10PM at The Living Room

Growing up in Miami, one would expect pianist/songwriter Emily Greene to go the way of Son or Cumbia, but Greene found her voice early in life, and it sings soulful ballads. A natural talent on the keyboard, Greene sings with a confidence and soul about the eccentric people and bustling places that speckle the life of a young urban artist. FREE// 196 Allen St.

 

Weekend Music Picks

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

Air Traffic Controller

AIR TRAFFIC CONTROLLER – Fri, July 29 | 7PM at The Living Room

While most pop-rock bands are content to pick a key, strum 4 chords, and repeat a chorus 2.5 times, Air Traffic Controller compellingly thinks a little more before taking the plunge. The heart of Air Traffic Controller beats within the chest of songwriter Dave Munro, who was indeed at one time, an honest to goodness air traffic controller. The Boston native has since traded his radar for a guitar, and now travels the country playing songs made as much for the listening room as they are for the radio. FREE// 196 Allen St.

Weekend Music Picks

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

Buck 65

BUCK 65 – Fri, July 22 | 8pm at the Bowery Ballroom

They do have Hip-Hop in Canada. But even by Canadian standards, this is different. Buck 65 is a producer/songwriter/emcee hailing from Nova Scotia, and specializing in Alternative/Experimental Hip-Hop. How is it Alternative or Experimental? Well, for starters, it’s not overly heavy on the bass, and the beats are fairly minimal. Buck 65 also mixes folk, blues, and North American Roots sounds in his compositions. The final product boasts memorable hooks, and is ultimately a solidly pleasant listening experience that gets your head bopping before you even realize it.  $15 //Delancey Street

Weekend Music Picks

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

Terre Roche

TERRE ROCHE – Fri, July 15 | 7PM at The Living Room

Since the mid-70s, the Roches have both collectively and individually played an essential role in the New York folk scene. A trio of sisters, Terre, Maggie, and Suzzy, the Roches are known for their super tight harmonies, playful spirit and wholly original take on song composition.

Over the years, each sister has at one time or another stepped out on her own to record solo albums, act in films or teach music. Terre, a soprano and an excellent guitarist, will be playing at the Living Room on Friday, performing songs from her projects Sound of a Tree Falling, Us an’ Them, and Afro-JerseyFREE // 154 Ludlow St.

Weekend Music Picks

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

Melody Kills

MELODY KILLS – Fri, July 7 | 8PM at Rockwood Music Hall

Melody Kills is the new project from New York singer/songwriter Leslie Mendelson. Mendelson has an exceptional knack for contemporary pop, which is certainly evident from her previous recording, ”Swan Feathers,” which was put out by Ryko. Melody Kills ups the ante though. From the hooks to the lyrics to the musicianship, each song is absolutely airtight, and tracks like the infectious “Nowhere Slow” trigger the feeling that you’re listening to our generation’s Carol King.   FREE// 196 Allen St.

Weekend Music Picks

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

Indian Rebound

INDIAN REBOUND – Fri, July 1 | 8PM at Cake Shop

Talk about starting them young! Ethan Levenson & John Kallen of Indian Rebound are in High School, yet they’ve already come up with a winning formula and are a year into rocking up and down the NYC circuit. Levenson plays guitar and sings, and Kallen manages the drums.

Weekend Music Picks

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

Laura Stevenson & the Cans

LAURA STEVENSON AND THE CANS – Fri, June 24 І 8PM at The Bowery Ballroom

Laura Stevenson, of Laura Stevenson and the Cans, comes with quite a pedigree. Her grandmother was a singer with Benny Goodman’s band, and her grandfather penned the classic “The Little Drummer Boy”. It’s undeniable, however, that Stevenson is completely “of” her generation. She crafts exquisitely melodic songs that gently float about, yet ultimately satisfy with a cracking thunder, whether by sound or by lyric. $15// 6 Delancey St.

Weekend Music Picks

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

Spooky Ghost

SPOOKY GHOST – Fri, June 17 | 9PM at Rockwood Music Hall
Despite its haunted house connotation, Spooky Ghost is merely the moniker under which Irish guitarist/composer Gerry Leonards produces his solo work. The nickname was bestowed upon him by fellow musician and partner Donal Coghlan because of his ethereal guitar style. That style comes from years of studying the guitar and all its dense tonal, harmonic, and resonant elements. Incredibly active in his collaborations as much as his solo work, Leonard is looking forward to upcoming projects with Duncan Sheik, Jonatha Brooke, Sophie B Hawkins, and Pamela Sue Mann. FREE// 196 Allen St.

Weekend Music Picks

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

The Bad Luck Charms

THE BAD LUCK CHARMS – Fri, June 10 | 8PM at Local 269

The Bad Luck Charms come to us from Brooklyn with a rock and roll sensibility not dissimilar to the beloved Ramones of 1980s New York. Crunchy, major key guitar riffs, and shouted lyrics about rich girls and staying out late, make the charm of the Bad Luck Charms undeniable. It’s always nice to encounter a group of guys like this who don’t put on airs, wear their studded belts and black motorcycle jackets with pride, and rock out till the bar closes. With today’s overwhelming mish-mash of eletronica artists and urban folkies singing about subway platforms, it’s classic sounds like these that end up being the most refreshing.  FREE// 269 East Houston St.

Weekend Music Picks

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

Julia Darling

JULIA DARLING – Fri, June 3 | 9PM at the Rockwood Music Hall (Stg 2)

New Zealand’s Julia Darling claims that being dropped from a major label was one of the best things that ever happened to her. Always determined to create the music she loved, Darling is finally free to follow her own path and take her place among today’s top pop writers.

With a couple albums worth of tunes equal parts rough rock and sensitive ballad, Darling sings with a confidence that comes from persevering through a tough industry in a tough city, and the relationships speckled throughout. FREE// 196 Allen St.

Weekend Music Picks

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

Bob Dylan

DYLAN FEST 2011!– Fri, May 27 | 8PM at the Bowery Ballroom

The Bowery Ballroom presents 2 days of an all-star lineup paying tribute to the 70 years of Robert Zimmerman being on the planet. Guest performers include The Cabin Down Below Band, Norah Jones, Will Forte and Jason Sudeikis of SNL, and more!   $20// 6 Delancey St.