Here are musician Ken Beasley’s top music picks on the Lower East Side this weekend:
GREAT ELK – Saturday, Nov. 20 | 7:30PM at Mercury Lounge
The brains behind Great Elk are Paul Basile and Patrick Hay. Their partnership is not uncommon to bands; Basile provides introspective lyrics, Hay adds texture with strokes of guitar, the rhythm section joins in and before you know it, you have a solid shot of indie-folk with a head bobbing chaser. The songs really are well balanced, and their newly released self-titled EP showcases them in some expertly restrained arrangements. $10 // 217 E. Houston Street
EARL GREYHOUND – Saturday, 11/20 | 8PM at Bowery Ballroom
Picking up where the Black Crowes and Jet left off, Earl Greyhound show reverence to the past, while bushwhacking through the muck of today with some solid guitar rock. Staying true to the proven power trio format, they offer up good old-fashioned, sweaty rock n’ roll. The kind that you listen to while wearing a fringe vest, swaying & smoking in a field with 2,000 of your closest friends. $15 // 6 Delancey Street
AUDREY RYAN – Sunday, Nov. 21 | 9:30PM in Googie’s Lounge @ The Livingroom
Audrey Ryan is part of a new wave of New York singer/songwriters. Young, talented, and with a boundless energy for performing. Originally from a musical household in Maine, Audrey sets her songs on the backdrop of sparse, easy-going arrangements, assembled with touches of banjo, ukulele, guitar, and even glockenspiel. She plays Sunday night at Googie’s, the upstairs lounge of the Living Room. FREE // 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. Read our interview with Mr. Beasley here.