Weekend Music Picks


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


DUJEOUS – Fri, Aug 26 | 11:30PM at The Mercury Lounge

Pronounced [Doo-Jee-Us], New York’s Dujeous are keeping the flame of East Coast Hip-Hop burning brightly. With 7 members contributing equally to a sound full of horns, wah-wah pedals and city-centric lyrics, the band isn’t locked into any one way of creating a song. The group is very New York, and they’re more than happy to remind you of that with any mic, instrument, or tool within arms reach. It’s their creativity, along with the group’s energy on stage that has built them a hefty following over the last 8 years. $10// 217 E Houston St.

AMY VACHAL – Sat, Aug 27 | 7PM at The Living Room

Amy Vachal

Singer/songwriter/painter Amy Vachal comes to us by way of Pennsylvania, and has been quite active in the months of late. She has recently put out a 4-song EP entitled “Appleseed”. The songs of “Appleseed” are delicate and sweet, and have the easy strum of a nylon string guitar that makes you feel like your swaying in a beach hammock under the trees.  FREE// 154 Ludlow St.

LIAM AND ME – Sun, Aug 28 | 7PM at Fontana’s

Liam and Me

Coming to the excellent downstairs dungeon of Fontana’s is Philadelphia 4-piece Liam and Me. Of course there is no Liam in the band, but what’s in a name? The group, who has been performing together nice 2006, produces an astonishingly polished pop-rock sound, with crisp guitars, staccato drums, and vocals laced with just the right amount of compressor.   $7// 105 Eldridge St.

Splitting his time between performing and producing, contributor Ken Beasleyprimarily 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.