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

Chris Cochrane

SOUND CHECK ’86 – Friday, October 8 | 7pm at New Museum

New York experimental songster Chris Cochrane jumped onto the scene in the early 1980s with rough yet considered compositions, collaborating with the likes of John Zorn, Marc Ribot and others. Cochrane returns to his 80s era musings with Sound Check at the New Museum (as part of an ongoing live rehearsal series titled THEM AND NOW). He’ll perform with his trio, rounded out by Hana Fox and Mike Duclos, along with special guests Jim Pugliese, Eszter Balint, Zeena Parkins, JD Foster, Eddie Gormley, and Richard Dworkin.

$15 ($12 museum members) | 235 Bowery

Sharon Van Etten

SHARON VAN ETTEN – Saturday, October 9 | 10:30pm at The Mercury Lounge

Folk artist Sharon Van Etten usually opts to lay her delicate vocals over sparse musical arrangements – mostly guitar, voice, and a splash of echo – but for her upcoming show at the Mercury, she will be supported by a full band. The Brooklyn singer/songwriter, who prides herself on strong DIY ethic, does her writing and recording at home. She takes to the stage on Saturday, sharing the night with TV on the Radio’s Kyp Malone.

$12 | 217 Ludlow Street.


BRAD – Sunday, October 10 | 9pm at The Bowery Ballroom

Seattle’s Brad have been on the scene for nearly 10 years, and despite a few personnel changes, have managed to continue turning out solid rock records every 3-4 years. Although never a transcendent kind of group, the music is not weak by any means. It’s only that the group is kind of a side-project for its members, and the songs do sound like they’ve been put together by some good buddies over a few long weekends – in a good way. Their latest release Best Friends? shows that the writing skills are indeed there, and their show at the Bowery Ballroom should definitely be a fun one.

$20 | 6 Delancey 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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