Weekend Music Picks

Firey Furnaces

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

Firey Furnaces

The Fiery Furnaces + John Mulaney – Saturday, June 26  at 10pm

Inventive Brooklyn indie duo, the Fiery Furnaces, hit the Mercury with more of their fantastic unpredictability. ‘Unpredictable’ in the sense that they tend to present musical ideas that your ears might not be expecting at first, but within seconds, feel totally right.  Made up of the brother and sister team of Matthew and Eleanor Friedberger, the Furnaces will take to the stage after an inspired set by comedian and fellow native of Illinois John Mulaney.

Tickets: $15 // Mercury Lounge – 217 East Houston Street


1.6 Band

1.6 Band + Substratus + Dump Body – Sunday, June 27 at 3pm

90’s post-punk is back – again. And this is a good thing. Jersey foursome 1.6 Band reunited a couple years ago, and one can only assume it was because they had accumulated another 10 years of pent-up aggression they needed to get out. Holding true to the spirit of good ol’ fashioned hardcore, this is a set to catch, and hopefully we won’t have to deal with another 10 year hiatus any time soon.

Tickets: $10 // Cake Shop – 152 Ludlow St. (between Rivington and Stanton Sts)


Carla Rhodes - Photo: Chris Franko


Rock ventriloquist (yes, you heard me right) Carla Rhodes and her shredding band, The Extravaganzas, tells her life story in a rock opera performed through crazy characters and wailing musical numbers. This show at Joe’s Pub will also offer an appearance by special guests Mallory Lewis and Lamb Chop.

$12 in advance / $15 at the door // Joe’s Pub – 425 Lafayette Street

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.