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This Week’s Music Picks

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

Tall Tall Trees

TALL TALL TREES – Friday, July 30 at 10pm

If there’s one thing we’ve learned in the last 10 years, it’s that banjos do have a place in New York music. Tall Tall Trees are a clever band that has created an attractive fusion of twangy traditional instruments, modern sound processers, and gut-driven rock & roll. Continuing to build a nice following due to their catchy songs and strong live shows, these trees are growing taller with each outing.

FREE // Rockwood Music Hall – 196 Allen Street

Main Squeeze Orchestra

MAIN SQUEEZE ORCHESTRA – Saturday, July 31 at 9pm

14 Female accordion players walk into a bar… There’s no punchline, but there is a point. The brain child of  ‘Main Squeeze’ Boutique owner Walter Kuhr, the MSO takes an instrument most often relegated to the basement and puts it front and center — and multiplies it to the maximum allowed by stage size and city ordinance. With over a dozen members rocking out a set covering Bach, Queen, and everything in between, these ladies are proving that the squeezebox deserves respect beyond your grandfather’s old jokes.

$12// The Livingroom – 154 Ludlow St.

Asylum Street Spankers

ASYLUM STREET SPANKERS – Sunday, August 1 at 7:30pm

As a former Austinite, I couldn’t help but perk up when I saw that the Asylum Street Spankers were coming to Joe’s Pub this weekend. This motley group of musical entertainers has a 15 years history, and a floor length list of former/rotating members, not the least of which is the one and only Guy Forsyth. Preferring little to no amplification, the Spankers offer up a mix of classic Americana and slap-bass, washboardy originals.

$20 // Joe’s Pub425 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.

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