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

Kaki King

KAKI KING Friday, April 16

Kaki King is a bonafide guitar dynamo, but you won’t find any of her signature fretboard acrobatics on her new album “Junior.” King has come out with a recording that shows a more mature artist, concerned with creating and writing, over dazzling and showboating. Not to say that King was ever showboating. She simply happened to be hyper-talented, and her audience was fixated on one part of that talent. This album debuts some new areas of her musical character, taking her abilities in a new direction, while being true to her own sound. She begins her new tour right here in NY, at The Bowery Ballroom.

$20 | 9pm | The Bowery Ballroom | 6 Delancey St.

Amber Rubarth

AMBER RUBARTH – Friday, April 16

The beloved LES listening room, Rockwood Music Hall, is expanding! They’ve opened a second room, and have invited much-buzzed-about Brooklyn singer/songwriter Amber Rubarth to be one of the first performers to christen the new stage. Over the last few years, Amber has become well known for her sincere, relatable lyrics, and warm, jazz/country melodies, as much as for her genuine, happy, unpretentious personality. She is also an indefatigable performer, and true to form, this show comes on the heels of a whirlwind run at SXSW in Austin, a set of gigs in Kamakura, Japan, and precedes a month long tour of Norway, Germany, France, Holland and England. Yes, catching a special performer like Amber Rubarth, during one of her brief stints back home, in a great venue like the Rockwood, would be a rare treat indeed.

FREE | 9pm | Rockwood Music Hall | 196 Allen St. (between Houston & Stanton)

Ramblin' Kind

THE RAMBLIN’ KIND – Sunday, April 18

A straight up country band in New York City. The Ramblin’ Kind are very very clear about this. They are not alt-country, and they are not country-rock. They are COUNTRY, and they’ll kick the spittoon of anyone that says otherwise. They mix and match old classics from the likes of Ernest Tubb and Webb Pierce with some of their own original tunes, written convincingly as if they too were plucked from the vinyl grooves of way-back-when. Catch them at Lakeside Lounge this Sunday. You just might shed a tear in your beer.

Free | 9pm | Lakeside Lounge | 162 Ave B

Splitting his time between performing and producing, contributor Ken Beasley primarily plays with his own roots/rock band, Ken Beasley & Co., as well as the power punk outfit Missy Sport, while also curating the Underground at the Abrons music series on the Lower East Side.

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