Here are musician Ken Beasley’s top music picks for after-the-turkey this weekend:
BIKINI – Friday, Nov. 26 | 8:30PM at The Bowery Ballroom
Bikini may be an electronic duo out of New York City, but the thumping sonics they produce could fit well in any discotheque along the beachy Mediterranean. They offer up lots of swirly keyboard riffs and bassy beats, though as Euro as they may sound, they’re quick to bring things home with inspired covers like Fiest’s 1,2,3,4. $15 // 6 Delancey Street.
JOE RATHBONE – Saturday, Nov. 27 | 7:30PM at The Living Room
Joe Rathbone has hit all the requisite points on the mid-tier alt/folk circuit; Mountain Stage, Starbucks compilation discs, etc, but where he’s ended up, with his most recent release Mad July, is tremendously well positioned in that critical radio-friendly zone, with a diverse mix of solidly written pop songs, and arrangements that are just different enough. FREE // 154 Ludlow Street (upstairs @ the Living Room).
KARLIE BRUCE – Sunday, Nov. 28 | 7PM at Mercury Lounge
Karlie Bruce comes originally from Sydney, Australia, but now calls New York City home. Still in her 20’s, Bruce has already played with some of the top jazz musicians on the scene, and in a wide range of stellar venues from the Bitter End to Carnegie Hall. Now, she comes to the famed Mercury Lounge, bringing well-written songs and a formidable voice. $8 // 217 East Houston 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. Read our interview with Mr. Beasley here.