Here are musician Ken Beasley’s top music picks on the Lower East Side this week:
THE DEFIBULATORS – Fri. Apr 1 І 11PM at Rockwood Music Hall Freshly back from playing their butts off at SXSW, the barn-storming Defibulators play Rockwood’s 2nd stage this Friday. Playing an excellent array of original songs with a vintage twang and a Brooklyn edge, the group is made up of six guys and one gal. The music from their current CD “Corn Money” is not exactly old style country, it’s a jumping, pumping, modern version of old style country. FREE//196 Allen St. St.
CAPITAL MOUSTACHE – Sat, Apr 2 І 10PM at Arlene’s Grocery
NY’s Capital Moustache say that “genres are for losers”, and they back up that bold statement. The razor sharp technical abilities of each member on their respective instruments allow them to dip their toes (or to plunge head first) into any number of musical styles. Songs like “Leaf Face” have a clean, “Phishy” sound, but then a tune like “Centipede” sees them dabbling in “Faith No More” territory. FREE//95 Stanton St.
MEDALS – Sun, Apr 3 І 7PM at the Mercury Lounge
Medals is a relatively new band started by former members of Jaguar Club, William Popadic and Yoichiro Fujita, with friend Nadia being recently added. Their sound is solidly of-the-moment in the way that it weaves together synth drones, drum loops, echoey vocals, and clean guitars. This show at the Mercury is a release party for their debut recording “Dancing in Ceremony”, which (incredibly) they recorded in only 10 hrs. $10//217 E. Houston St.
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.