Weekend Music Picks

Yellowbirds

My top picks for live music on the Lower East Side this weekend:

YELLOWBIRDS – Friday Feb. 17 | 11:30pm at Mercury Lounge

Yellowbirds is the non-solo, solo project of Brooklyn’s Sam Cohen. A sharp composer, Cohen’s fluid, dexterous music-making has an eerie, retro, water-dance quality. Cohen serves as songwriter, lead guitarist, and singer for the 4-piece, which certainly rings of “frontman” designation, but the other three pieces (Balthrop Alabama’s Josh Kauffman on keys, the Bandana Splits’ Annie Nero on bass, and Brian Kantor of Higgins on drums) play an equally integral part in building the texture and depth that make the Yellowbirds sound so distinct.  $10//217 E. Houston St.