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

The Dixons

THE DIXONS  – Thursday, June 16 at 10pm

The Dixons are Brooklyn based, but you might have a hard time believing that, since they look and sound like they’re from 1950’s Nashville. One of the most authentic and pure honky tonk bands on the scene today, the Dixons bring the old-school love with sincere renditions of Ernest Tubb and George Jones favorites, as well as superbly penned originals. Put on your Nudie suit, head over to Rockwood, and lose yourself in the pedal steel sweetness.

FREE | Rockwood Music Hall – 196 Allen Street

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Sylvie Courvoisier

SYLVIE COURVOISIER’S LONELYVILLE – Saturday, June 18 at 8pm

Inventive pianist Sylvie Courvoisier has to put together a new group with husband, partner, and soulful violinist Mark Feldman. Called Lonelyville, the combo includes electric percussionist Ikue Mori , super-cellist Erik Friedlander, and Brooklyn drummer Gerald Cleaver. You’ll be happy to see some familiar faces, but delighted to hear the new sounds.

$10 | THE STONEAvenue C @ E. 2nd Street

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Christy & Emily

CHRISTY & EMILY + Secret Cities – Sunday, June 19 at 8pm

Emily’s a little bit classical, Christy’s a little bit rock and roll. Together, they’re Brooklyn’s Christy and Emily, creating sound works unlike the typical singer/songwriter fare. Rather than writing songs that tell stories through a chorus, three verses, and a bridge, Christy and Emily combine vocal harmonies with piano and guitar to paint pictures in the air. Some fast, some slow, some stark, some lush, the compositions of this unique folk duo are true exercises in the art of music making. Fargo’s Secret Cities open the night at Pianos with their brand of bouncy space-pop.

$8 | Pianos – 158 Ludlow St.

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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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