Here are musician Ken Beasley’s top music picks on the Lower East Side this weekend:
CAUSE A SCENE, V. 1 w/ BANQUETS, UP FOR NOTHING, THE TATTLE TALES, STEP ASIDE – Friday, Sept. 03 at 7pm
DIY label and music marketing outfit Bright & Barrow Records have just released their download-only punk compilation album, Cause A Scene, Volume 1. Now, they are kicking things off with a proper record release show at the longstanding L.E.S. temple of rock, Arlene’s Grocery. The night will feature sets from Banquets, Up For Nothing, The Tattle Tales, and Step Aside. $10 // Arlene’s Grocery – 95 Stanton Street
THE DUTCHESS AND THE DUKE – Saturday, Sept. 04 at 7:30pm
Seattle’s The Dutchess and the Duke offer up a strong shot of 60’s nostalgia. The writing and production of their original songs definitely make you forget what decade you’re in, enough that you could find yourself thinking you’re actually listening to some long lost recording of the Animals or early Rolling Stones. $12 // The Mercury Lounge – 17 East Houston Street
LACRYMOSA – Sunday, Sept. 05 at 8pm
Lacrymosa does not refer to the song from Evanescence’s The Open Door, but rather a young New York songwriter, Caitlin Pasko. Why she chose to call herself that, we might never know – but her music is definitely sweet, atmospheric pop and worth a listen. With a delicate voice and a clear ability on the piano, she starts her month long residency at the Living Room this Sunday. $5 suggested // The Living Room – 154 Ludlow 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.