The Set List: Live Music on the Lower East Side

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Singer Jessie Baylin, our top pick for the week

Here’s TLD Contributor Flora Theden’s weekly run-down of the best live music on the Lower East Side.

Sunday – Symphonics Live

Symphonics Live is the multidisciplinary evening produced and hosted by Shawn “Mr. Symphonics Live” Randall. Showcasing NYC poets and singer/songwriters, along with elements of dance and improvisation, Symphonics Live “promotes Generosity, Love, and Creativity through the continual exploration of humanity through performing and visual arts.”

Bower Poetry // April 19th // 8:30pm // $15 online, $20 at the door.

Monday – Canon Logic

Brooklyn-based melodic indie rock ensemble Canon Logic has an infectious sound. Listen to WYLD and try to act like you don’t want to go dance through a sunny field of daisies immediately (Spoiler: You can’t). A four-piece band with a true indie DIY attitude, they’re writing incredibly catchy songs reminiscent of bands like FUN., Bastille, The Temper Trap and Local Natives.

Their soaring instrumentals, spirited vocals, happy hand claps, and uplifting lyrics are what you can expect to find at their show. Catch them before they start playing big venues like Terminal 5.

Listen to: WYLD

Mercury Lounge // April 20th // 7pm // $10 advance, $12 at the door

Monday – herMajesty

A release performance for their new single, “Fashion Trance,” this concert is sure to be an exciting live show celebrating the band’s critical acclaim and rise in the NYC music scene since forming in 2010. This NY-based dream pop group has a sound reminiscent of Joy Divison, and they’ve opened for bands like The B-52s, The Tom Tom Club and Boxer Rebellion.

Listen to: Days Turn to Nights

Rockwood Music Hall // April 20th // 9:15pm // Free.

Wednesday – Great Caesar

Great Caesar aims for the heart with a vulnerable blend of brass, vocals and indie-rock, drawing from acts like Arcade Fire and Beirut to create music that confronts the things that really matter: love, legacy, and the complexity of human relationships.

Listen to: Don’t Ask Me Why

Mercury Lounge // April 21st // 8:30pm // $10 in advance, $12 at the door

*Wednesday – Jessie Baylin*

Jessie Baylin released her new album, Dark Place, on April 7th, and you should be listening to it. Like, right now.

Check out a few of her songs, then watch her play an amazing live show with great energy and heartfelt, dark songs that will speak to your soul. You’ll have a blast if you’re into Jenny Lewis or Grace Potter - or even Kings of Leon (her husband is drummer Nathan Followill).

Listen to: Kiss Your Face

Bowery Ballroom // April 22nd // 9pm // $15


Flora Theden lives and works in the Lower East Side. She loves music. She is also an Account Executive in the Hospitality Division of Brandsway Creative, a Public Relations, Marketing and Branding firm.

Cake Shop Hosts Benefit For Victims of the 2nd Avenue Explosion This Thursday

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Bless Your Heart New York City! A Benefit for the People of The East Village Fire is a charity concert at Cake Shop which will raise money for the people whose homes and businesses were destroyed in the recent explosion on 2nd Avenue.

A $5 cover charge, and all donations, will go to the Mayor’s Fund to Advance New York City.

Here’s the line-up:

7:00 Kung Fu Luke of Kung Fu Crimewave
7:30 Cannonball Statman
8:00 Charles Mansfield
8:30 Dots Will Echo
9:00 Jane LeCroy
9:30 Zach Daniel
10:00 Jeffrey Lewis
10:30 Giovanni Colantonio of Duckspeak
11:00 Platinum Vision (Matt Mottel)
11:30 Prewar Yardsale 

If you’re not able to attend the event, you can donate online here.

 

The Set List: Live Music on the Lower East Side

Sunflower Bean

Here’s TLD Contributor Flora Theden’s weekly run-down of the best live music on the Lower East Side.

Friday – Veronika Jokel 

Pop-soul vocalist Veronika Jokel will be playing songs from her latest EP Black Magic. She’s a little more “traditional pop” than what we normally go for, but her voice is hypnotic and sultry, and her songs have some edge to them. You’ll like her if you’re into Estelle or Janelle Monae.

Listen to: Black Magic 

Rockwood Music Hall // April 10th // 7pm // Free

Saturday – Sunflower Bean

This new East Village haunt isn’t your typical music venue. With a sauna-like seating area, Kama Sutra bathroom wallpaper, and disco-balled DJ booth – but no actual stage to speak of – Elvis Guesthouse is the ideal spot to catch up-and-coming psychedelic rock band Sunflower Bean before they play at Baby’s All Right on Monday.

Listen to: Somebody Call a Doctor

Elvis Guesthouse // April 11th // 8pm // $5

Saturday – Janka Nabay & The Bubu Gang and Yonatan Gat

OkayAfrica presents Janka Nabay, the undisputed king of bubu music, and Yonatan Gat, who was named “Best Guitarist in New York” by the Village Voice. Nabay and the Bubu Gang play frantically-paced bubu dance music that has ancient, magical origins in their native country of Sierra Leone.

Nabay has an incredibly interesting story – he fled Sierra Leone in the 1990’s after his music became a rally cry for rebel forces and it was unsafe for him to remain in the country. After relocating to New York, he spent years trying to find a place for his music, and eventually linked up with the True Panther Sounds label in 2010. He was later signed to David Byrne’s Luaka Bop label.

Listen to: Feba

Mercury Lounge // April 11th // 10:30pm // $10

* Monday – Mail the Horse *

Our featured recommendation for the week, this Brooklyn-based band is currently playing on repeat in my apartment. Without a concern for anything hip and trendy, the quintet has quietly been crafting honest and stunning American Rock ‘n’ Roll music for nearly five years throughout the Northeast’s vibrant DIY community. Their sound is steeped in the raw country spirit of The Band.

Listen to: Novocaine Blues

Rockwood Music Hall // April 13th // 9:45pm // Free

Tuesday – Kitty, Daisy & Lewis

Three siblings from North London, this rockabilly/vintage country trio makes you feel like you stepped into a 1940’s cocktail bar complete with swing-dancing and deep, raspy voices.

Listen to: Baby Bye Bye

Bowery Ballroom // April 14th // 9pm // $15

Thursday – Bess McCrary

A singer/songwriter based in New York City, Bess McCrary is an alchemist of both pain and joy, her brave songwriting and profound lyrics providing purpose for her unique, classically trained voice. A North Carolina native and lifelong performer, Bess has always crossed genre lines and let her most personal experiences dictate the path her music takes. She gave TLD the exclusive first listen of the single off of her new album – check it out below! It will be officially released April 21st.

Listen to: Conquer and Thrive

Parkside Lounge // April 16th // 9pm // $6 

Thursday – Bless Your Heart New York City: A Benefit for the People of The East Village Fire

Kung Fu Luke, Jeffrey Lewis, Duckspeak, Penny Arcade and Prewar Yardsale are a few of the bands coming together for this benefit for the victims of the recent East Village fire. Great live music that benefits our neighbors in need? We can’t think of a better way to spend $10.

Cake Shop // April 16th // 8pm // $10

 

Flora Theden lives and works in the Lower East Side.  She loves music.  She is also an Account Executive in the Hospitality Division of Brandsway Creative, a Public Relations, Marketing and Branding firm.

The Set List: Live Music on the Lower East Side

Fat White Family, performing at Mercury Lounge this Thursday

Fat White Family, performing at Mercury Lounge this Thursday

Here’s TLD Contributor Flora Theden’s weekly run-down of the best live music on the Lower East Side.

Thursday – Fat White Family

One of the coolest bands we’ve heard in a while. The South London-based rock ‘n’ roll/post-punk band released their first album in 2013. It garnered critical and public buzz for the unique scuzzy sound that can be compared to the likes of the Butthole Surfers and Charles Manson. Their sound is reminiscent of a dark, dirty basement in 1960 where you should be afraid to sit on the plastic covered orange and yellow patterned sofa.

Listen to: Touch the Leather

Mercury Lounge // April 2nd // 9:30pm // $15

Thursday – May

A pop singer-songwriter, May is a little more interesting than most in that genre, considering she’s a self-taught musician who writes by ear. Her career began in Benelux, based on a critically acclaimed song written at the age of 16, then May moved to NYC’s East Village. She works with producer Sterling Fox, who’s worked with Avicii, Madonna and Lana Del Rey.

Listen to: Sunday Night 

Rockwood Music Hall // April 2nd // 9pm // Free

Friday – The London Souls & The Skins

Soul + Rock ‘n’ Roll. Get ready to dance, head bang, sing along, and leave sweaty and exhausted from this high-energy show. The Skins are an infectious Brooklyn-based rock band consisting of band members ages 15 to 21, but you’d never guess that from their complex sound.

The London Souls’ unique reinterpretation of classic hard-hitting rock and roll formulae recalls elements of the past with an ever-present boundless energy, fit to cement their place in the future.

Listen to: Dead Hands by The Skins

Bowery Ballroom // April 3rd // 9pm // $15

Tuesday – New Carolina

A New York City based Folk Rock/Americana band with members hailing from New Jersey and North Carolina, the band’s catalogue of songs stem from the combined forces of three independent singer/songwriters. Influenced by genres such as roots rock, folk, country, blues, and bluegrass, their sound is peaceful, harmonic and sultry. Just listen to the song below and see if you don’t end up with it on ‘repeat’. Plus, their album is named South of Stanton. Gotta support the L.E.S. shout-out!

Listen to: Amazing Grace

Piano’s // April 7th // 9pm // $8

Wednesday – Spires

Brooklyn-based psych-pop at it’s best, Spires is led by singer and guitarist Matt Stevenson. Breathy vocals mixed with synth, catchy guitar, and a psychedelic brit-pop vibe (complete with the long-haired, sad-looking guys in leather jackets) come together for a sound that will make you want to sing along and dance in the crowd – after your second PBR of course.

Listen to: Candy Flip

Mercury Lounge // April 8th // 6:30pm // $10

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.

 

The Set List: Live Music on the Lower East Side

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Gateway Drugs

Here’s TLD Contributor Flora Theden’s weekly run-down of the best live music on the Lower East Side.

Thursday – My Bubba

A female folk duo currently opening for Damien Rice. Swedish My and Icelandic Bubba met by chance five years ago in Copenhagen, combined vocals and suitcases and have been traveling together, performing their contemporary folk songs all around Europe and the US ever since. Check out their delicate version of “Sexual Healing.” Their songs are sparse, allowing their voices and entrancing harmonies to take center stage.

Listen to: Island

Rockwood Music Hall // March 26th // 8:30pm // $10

Saturday – Kool Keith (Lucky Bears Foot)

Well, the rapper known for raunchy jams like “Sex Style” in the ’80s and ’90s is back on the scene, with a new web show (that’s equal parts bizarre, hilarious and off-putting) and a new band called Lucky Bears Foot that will debut at Joe’s Pub this weekend. Your guess is as good as ours, but there’s no way this won’t be an entertaining show. We hear that tickets are already scarce, but it’s not sold out quite yet.

Listen to: Young Ladies

Joe’s Pub // March 28th // 11pm // $20

Saturday – Massive NYC

Brought to you by downtown legends Melissa Burns and Oscar Sanchez at one of the few grungy venues in the LES that still pushes boundaries and celebrates originality. A Saturday rager in true NYC fashion — expect live performers rapping, dance-offs and flashing neon lights in the foggy basement.

Leftfield // March 28th // 11pm // Free

*Monday – Gateway Drugs*

Our featured recommendation for the week, L.A.-based alt-rock band Gateway Drugs consists of members Gab, Noa, and Liv Niles – the children of bassist Prescott Niles, whose band The Knack is behind the 1979 classic “My Sharona.” They’re relatively unknown right now – their website isn’t even set up yet, endearingly enough, but something tells us that their recent SXSW appearance is going to change things. Catch them at a small venue while you still can.

Listen to: Dare Tonight

Mercury Lounge // March 30th // 9:30pm // $20

Monday – Hanni El Khatib

His sound is similar to The Black Keys with a mix of blues, garage, folk and rock ‘n roll. San Francisco native Hanni El Khatib worked as a creative director at HUF, a street wear/skateboarding brand, before making his debut as a singer/songwriter in 2010. He toured with Florence + The Machine in 2011 and released a new album, Moonlight, earlier this year.

Listen to: Moonlight

Bowery Ballroom // March 30th // 9pm // $15

Wednesday – Joseph

A band consisting of three sisters from the beautiful Pacific Northwest. Joseph was their grandfather’s name. Expect honest words and genetically perfected harmonies. Fans of Feist and Of Monsters and Men will enjoy their folky, upbeat sound.

Listen to: Wind

Mercury Lounge // April 1st // 6:30pm // $10 in advance, $12 at the door

The Set List: Live Music on the Lower East Side

Erik Hassle (left) pictured with RREYMUNDO

Here’s TLD Contributor Flora Theden’s weekly run-down of the best live music on the Lower East Side.

Saturday – The Rooks

Fresh off the heels of the recent release of Intermission (Wires), The Rooks are back for a second show at Mercury Lounge, and we’re offering two free tickets to a lucky reader who wants to get down to the sounds of this vibrant and energetic sextet. Known for a feel-good, melodic R&B/IndieSoul sound with the perfect mix of smooth vocal and jazzy bass, their music impossible not to dance to. Details on how to win tickets here.

Listen to: Intermission (Wires)

Mercury Lounge // March 21st // 8:30pm // $10 advance, $12 day of show

Monday – Erik Hassle

Swedish soul-pop in the best way. If you’re looking to get down on a Monday, this is the place to be. This pop sensation from Stockholm is sure to have the crowd dancing to catchy songs all night long. Listen to “Pathetic” and tell me you didn’t dance just a little bit. I dare you.

You can also catch Erik Hassle performing with Broods at Irving Plaza on March 25th.

Listen to: Pathetic

Piano’s  // March 23rd // 8pm // $10

Tuesday – Jon Spencer Blues Explosion

Their 10th studio album Freedom Tower: No Wave Dance Party 2015, will be released via Mom + Pop Records on the same night as the punk band’s Cake Shop show, which is sure to be a revelrous return to Manhattan for these scuzz-rock heroes.

Listen to: White Jesus

Cake Shop // March 24th // 10pm // Free with purchase of new LP

Tuesday  – Big Data (with On and On and Chappo)

Led by Brooklyn-based producer Alan Wilkis, Big Data is a contemporary electro-pop group that’s funky, vibrant and a hell of a lot of fun to listen to. They’re playing with indie trio On and On, whose sound is youthful and sleepy and completely beautiful. If you haven’t heard their song Ghosts then you’re missing out. Make sure to get there early enough to catch Chappo, whose synth take on west coast psychedelia bring us from the 60’s into a galaxy far far away. They have a “Flaming Lips meets the Killers” vibe.

Listen to: Dangerous by Big Data

Bowery Ballroom // March 24th // 8pm // $18 in advance, $25 day of show

Wednesday – Jangula and Skii Lodge

Ok, so we may have highlighted Jangula two weeks ago. But you need to check out this Brooklyn-based gutter rock group during their March residency in the Piano’s Showroom. Plus, they’re playing with Ski Lodge, who released an EP in February called Trust that’s pure indie pop genius and incredibly fun to listen to.

Listen to: Trust by Ski Lodge

Piano’s // March 25th // 9pm // $8

Wednesday – Henry Hall

Siren Sounds PR presents Henry Hall, who will play songs from his forthcoming EP, along with great friends Captain Baby and Basic Shapes at Bowery Electric. Henry Hall has an eerily captivating voice that you can bob and sway to while enjoying beer. It’s indie-rock but mostly vocals and a slightly ethereal, dreamy vibe without the synth.

Listen to: Fake Words by Henry Hall

Bowery Electric // March 25th // 7pm // $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.

 

Ticket Giveaway: Enter to Win Tickets to See The Rooks at Mercury Lounge

The Rooks

You may remember The Rooks from a Q & A we published with the band last September, previewing their first show at Mercury Lounge.

Now they’re back for a second show at the venue on March 21st, and we’re offering two free tickets to a lucky reader who wants to get down to the sounds of this vibrant and energetic sextet. Known for a feel-good, melodic R&B/IndieSoul sound with the perfect mix of smooth vocal and jazzy bass, their music impossible not to dance to.

Listen to their single Twister here.

Re-tweet, share on Facebook or email TLD contributor Flora Theden at flora.theden@gmail.com to enter to win tickets!

 

The Set List: Live Music on the Lower East Side

The Set List: Live Music on the L.E.S.

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Hailing from Northern Mali, the Songhoy Blues will play at Mercury Lounge March 9th

Here’s TLD Contributor Flora Theden’s weekly run-down of the best live music on the Lower East Side 

Thursday – Nude Beach

A Brooklyn-based indie rock trio with punk edges, Nude Beach released their double-length third album, ’77, at the end of 2014 on punk indie label Don Giovanni Records. They have been playing around New York quite a bit recently – they opened for Amen Dunes at Bowery Ballroom in January 2015, and also have a show coming up at The Bell House with White Hills in April. Check them out if you like Total Slacker or Colleen Green. 

Listen to: Been Waitin’

Bowery Electric // March 5th // 8pm // Free with RSVP

Saturday – Red Baraat

A beat-driven brass band with Punjabi roots, this eight-person Brooklyn-based band released their album Gaadi of Truth on January 20th. Saturday’s show is sure to be an all-out party with elements hip-hop, South American beats, South Asian trance and  70’s style funk.

Listen to: Gaadi of Truth

Bowery Ballroom // March 7th // 9pm // $18 in advance, $22 day of show

Saturday – Cobalt Cranes 

FADER magazine commends Cobalt Cranes for their “distorted fuzz heartbeat” thanks to their combo of vintage California sounds and grungier, raw elements. Rooted in 60’s garage rock and 90’s grunge, the band released their debut album, Head In The Clouds, in 2013 and their new album, In The Sun, is out now on tape via LA-based Lolipop Records.

Listen to: Flowers on Your Grave

Cake Shop // March 7th // 7pm // $8

Sunday – City Dwelling Nature Seekers

Influenced by classic artists like The Band, Neil Young, and Ryan Adams, this six-piece band from Pittsburg seeks to reconcile traditional American musical ideas in a modern frame. A sort of indie folk rock / Americana sound, City Dwelling Nature Seekers is a high-energy ensemble that’s sure to get your foot tapping and hands clapping.

Listen to: Bringing Me Back

Rockwood Music Hall // March 8th // 9:15pm // Free

Monday – Songhoy Blues

The Songhoy Blues are an inspiring and exceptionally unique band hailing from Northern Mali, where the Songhoy people once lived along the banks of the Niger River between the ancient cities of Timbuktu and Gao. The Songhoy people now largely live on the margins of the West African nation whose political and cultural life is dominated by the Bambara people of the south, but they nonetheless retain a fierce pride in their history, beliefs and especially…music.

Their music is fun and smart, and they have a great story to tell about their culture. If that’s not enough to draw you in, Nick Zinner of Yeah Yeah Yeahs collaborated with the band on their track Soubour.

Listen to: Al Hassidi Terei

Mercury Lounge // March 9th // 6:30pm // $15

Tuesday – The Black Ryder

The Black Ryder is a collaboration between Australian duo Aimee Nash and Scott Von Ryper, now based in Los Angeles. Their debut album Buy The Ticket, Take the Ride was released through Mexican Summer in September 2010, and their much anticipated follow up The Door Behind the Door was released February 24th of this year. To date, the band have toured and played shows with Broken Social Scene, The Cult, The Raveonettes and many more.

Listen to: Let Me Be Your Light

Mercury Lounge // March 10th // 7:30pm // $15 

Wednesday – Jangula

Catch this Brooklyn-based gutter rock group during their March residency in the Piano’s Showroom. Jangula plays frequently in and around New York and is planning to release their third collection of songs, Ataraxia, in the coming months. Their featured instrument is the Q-Chord, a touch-pad based synthesizer that projects an air of mystery. With this synth, dynamic powerhouse drumming, dream-state guitar riffs and driving bass rhythms, Jangula yields crazy some sounds.

Listen to: Chinese Tea

Pianos // March 11th // 9pm // $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.

The Set List: Live Music on the L.E.S.

The Set List: Live Music on the L.E.S.

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Fireships Plays at Rockwood Music Hall this Friday

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.

The Set List: Live Music on the Lower East Side

Sleepy Kitty

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Here’s TLD Contributor Flora Theden’s weekly run-down of the best live music on the Lower East Side.

Thursday – Sleepy Kitty

A two piece indie rock band from St. Louis via Chicago, Sleepy Kitty has a hypnotic sound that embodies the perfect mix of indie, grunge and dream pop. For fans of Best Coast, Sleigh Bells, and 90s grunge rock.

Listen to: Don’t You Start

Piano’s // February 12th // 10pm // $8

Friday – Pet Sun

Pet Sun consists of Canada natives Stephane Senecal-Tremblay on vocals and lead guitar, Parth Jain on drums, Sam Rashid on guitar, with the addition of Nic Arbour on bass. Based between Toronto and Hamilton, the band has graced audiences with their heavy and energetic live shows at every given opportunity.

Since their birth into the music scene in March 2013, Pet Sun has released a lo-fi collection of demos, and a sludgy EP, Serpent Buzz. Their latest EP, Feel Like I’m Going Away, was released in 2014.

Listen to: Gimme Your Soul

Cake Shop // February 13th // 8pm // $8

Friday – Arc Iris 

Jocie Adams is the frontwoman, songwriter and multi-instrumentalist at the forefront of this adventurous ensemble. A formally trained classical composer (as well as a former NASA researcher), Adams is influenced by everything from folk and country, to cabaret, jazz and more contemporary sources like Grizzly Bear. The band has toured with CocoRosie, Marco Benevento and Justin Townes Earle to name a few.

Listen to: Lost on Me

Fontana’s // February 13th // 10:30pm // $10

Saturday – Chatham County Line

Merging a traditional bluegrass sound and first-class picking with pithy songwriting that often confronts personal issues and political matters head on, Chatham County Line are a North Carolina foursome who have been tearing up the stage since 1999.

Listen to: Girl She Used to Be

Rockwood Music Hall // February 14th // 10:30 // $20

Monday – Theophilus London

London is currently touring to support his new album, Vibes, which was produced by Kanye West and is a collage of experimental pop and R&B with an ‘80s new wave influence.

Listen to: I Stand Alone 

Bowery Ballroom // February 16th // 6:30pm // $10

Wednesday – Bowery Riots

Paying homage to their own NYC neighborhood and family tree, the Bowery Riots are a rock n roll band who take their name from the turn of the century gang “The Bowery Boys” and the 1849 Astor Riot. Guitar, bass and drums come together to pay homage to R & B, garage and psych.

The three-piece group recorded their first EP with producer Andy Rourke (The Smiths), and are currently working on their new EP with a full length album to follow.

Listen to: My Time Has Come

Mercury Lounge // February 18th // 6:30pm // $10

 

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.

 

The Set List: Live Music on the L.E.S.

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Here’s TLD Contributor Flora Theden’s weekly run-down of the best live music on the Lower East Side.

Thursday – Pushmethod

In collaboration with Okayplayer and the Hoodie Shop, New York hip-hop rock band Pushmethod  is raising hoodies for the homeless. On Thursday, locals can bring their worn, but clean, hoodies, or brand new ones, to the Hoodie Shop for donations. There will be a special guest appearance from Questlove and a live performance from the band.

Listen to: Box Me Up

The Hoodie Shop // February 6th // 6pm // Free

Friday – Dear Comrade

The Brooklyn-based eclectic indie band has a solid sound and great energy. Their music varies in mood and texture, but is always earnest and thought provoking.

Listen to: Hard Times

Piano’s  //  February 6th // 10pm  // $10

Saturday – Pale Lights

Brooklyn-based indiepop band Pale Lights, which features sometimes Comet Gain member Phil Sutton and Crystal Stilts‘ Andy Adler, released a new 7″ titled Fourteen Stories Tall at the tail-end of 2014. This show is part of The Big Takeover magazine’s 35th anniversary party, and will feature other dreamy indiepop bands The New Lines, Jet Black and Soft Science. 

Listen to: Manhattan

Cake Shop  // February 7th // 8pm  // $8

*Tuesday – The Districts 

By far the best show to see this week, this indie rock band from a small town in Pennsylvania releases their second album, Flourish and a Spoil, the same day as their Bowery Ballroom debut. You can listen to a preview of the album here: http://www.npr.org/2015/02/01/381570079/first-listen-the-districts-a-flourish-and-a-spoil

Listen to: Funeral Beds

Bowery Ballroom  // February 10th // 6:30pm  // $10 advance, $12 day of show

Wednesday – Wardell

A brother/sister duo consisting of Steven Spielberg’s kids, Theo and Sasha, Wardell is a folksy indie rock outfit with a sleepy, calm sound reminiscent of She & Him. Check out their aptly-named 2013 EP, Brother/Sister.

Listen to: Opossum

Mercury Lounge  // February 11th // 6:30pm  // $10 advance, $12 day of show

 

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.

Pushmethod + Questlove to Host “Hoodies for the Homeless” This Thursday

 Hoodies For the Homeless
 In collaboration with Okayplayer and the Hoodie Shop, New York hip-hop rock band PushMethod is collecting hoodies for the homeless. On Thursday, February 5th, locals can donate their worn, but clean, hoodies (or brand new ones) to the Hoodie Shop. The event, which will take place at 181 Orchard Street from 6pm to 10pm, will include a special guest appearance with Questlove and a live performance from the band.
Inspired by an exchange he had with a homeless man he encountered trying to keep warm near his neighborhood’s sewer cap, Pushmethod bandleader Tavis Sage Eaton wanted to do more for the man than give him loose change and a handshake. PushMethod’s hope is for “Hoodies For The Homeless” to become a movement that helps keep New York City’s homeless warm this winter, as well as for many winters to come.
 
All proceeds will be donated to the Bowery Mission and New York City Rescue Mission. In addition, clothing brands Azul, Alternative and HONNS will be making contributions, and #hashtaglunchbag will be donating lunches to the shelters. #Hashtaglunchbag is a movement dedicated to utilizing social media to bring awareness to and eliminate hunger in local communities. 
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Pushmethod is Tavis Sage Eaton (vocals), Michael Dustin Youree (vocals, guitar, keys), Michael Lapke (drums) and Dan Hymson (bass). The Brooklyn-based band has collaborated with numerous acts, and is known for its volunteer and activist work in the music community.
For those who are interested in making contributions but are unable to attend the event, please mail hoodies to:
Tavis Sage Eaton
Havas World Wide
200 Hudson
New York, NY 10013

 

The Set List: Live Music on the L.E.S.

Wildhoney

Wildhoney

Here’s TLD Contributor Flora Theden’s weekly run-down of the best live music on the Lower East Side.

Thursday – Melanie Martinez

If you like Lana Del Rey, you’ll love Melanie Martinez. A native of Baldwin, NY, Martinez is a pop singer/songwriter with a sultry voice and lyrics that lean towards dark and alternative.

Listen to: Bittersweet Tragedy

Bowery Ballroom // January 29th // 8pm // $17

Friday – Air for Ants

The progressive pop band has been playing all over Manhattan and Brooklyn since releasing their EP in October. No so much “pop” in the Lady Gaga sense, Air for Ants is more “catchy rock” with jazz and funk influences.  You can also catch them at Rockwood Music Hall on February 14th.

Listen to: We Think It Was Raised by Wolves 

The Bitter End // January 30th // 7pm // Free

Saturday – The Glazzies

Alternative Rock duo The Glazzies consists of singer/guitarist Peter Landi and drummer Dave Horn. Influenced by Dinosaur Jr, Nirvana and Local H, the duo from Sag Harbor, NY has made a lot of sound for just two guys and they’re expected to release a full-length album this year. 

Listen to: Time Bomb Love

Cake Shop // January 31st // 9:30pm // $5

Monday – First Monday Bluegrass Jam at Rockwood Music Hall

Hosted by Michael Daves since 2005, the First Monday Bluegrass Jam is an event every Lower East Sider (and New Yorker for that matter) needs to catch at least once. Stop by to hear pickers of all levels come together and jam on a great repertoire of classic bluegrass music. Past sit-ins have included Chris Thile, Mark O’Connor, Noam Pikelny and many others.

Rockwood Music Hall // February 2nd // 9:30pm //$5 Suggested Donation

Wednesday – Wildhoney

If you’re going to see one live show this week, make it Wildhoney at Cake Shop. The five-person band plays sleepy shoegaze alt-rock that’s just edgy enough to keep them from going mainstream, but with catchy riffs and an overall dream-pop vibe. The “Baltimore Noise Pop” group released their debut album Sleep Through It this month.

Listen to: Seventeen Forever

Cake Shop // February 4th // 8pm // $8

Get Tickets Now!

Tickets go on sale on Friday at 12pm for electronic/experimental musician Ricky Eat Acid at Mercury Lounge. Hosted by music blog Pigeons and Planes, you’ll want to snag tickets before they sell out. Get tickets here.

Emo rock band Cursive is playing two nights at Bowery Ballroom and the Tuesday night show is already sold out. Tickets are still available for March 11th.

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.