The Set List: Live Music on the L.E.S.

Catch B.I.C. at Arlene’s Grocery next Tuesday

Here’s TLD Contributor Flora Theden’s weekly run-down of the best live music on the Lower East Side.

Wednesday – Canon Logic  

The Brooklyn-based indie rock quintet is an up-and-coming band not to be missed. Their sound is complex, whimsical and joyful. Reminiscent of bands like Talking Heads and Arcade Fire, Canon Logic’s lyrics have a literary feel to them, with intricate story lines weaved throughout crisp vocals and a melodic sound.

Listen to: WYLD

Piano’s // January 14th // 8pm // $8

Thursday – The Black Cadillacs .

Good ‘ole Southern rock ‘n roll is always a good time. The Black Cadillacs are a blues-based indie rock group from Knoxville, TN, and with members from each of Tennessee’s major cities, the state’s famous sounds are well represented. Nashville’s recent brand of rock ‘n’ roll revival, Memphis’ soul, and Knoxville’s roots music combine to form an authentic sound.

Listen to: Choke

Rockwood Music Hall // January 15th // 9pm // $10

Sunday – The Pleasures of a Normal Man

The Stone is a not-for-profit performance space dedicated to the experimental and avant-garde. Each month, a different musician is responsible for curating the programs with 100% of the nightly revenue going directly to the musicians. That being said, some of their music – often jazz – isn’t for everyone. If you’re curious about the experimental scene and want to ease into it, check out The Pleasures of a Normal Man, an up-and-coming alternative rock band who recently performed at the Bowery Electric.

Listen to: Coupe

The Stone // January 18th // 8pm // $15

Monday – Vomitface

Vomitface is bringing grunge back, and having a lot of fun doing it. Punk rock, sludge stoner metal and black-surf are all ways to describe the band, whose January residency at Cake Shop was recently featured on OhMyRockness as one of the top shows to see in New York City.

Listen to: Sloppy Joes

Cake Shop // January 19th // 8pm // $7

Tuesday – B.I.C. (Bitches is Crazy)

If you wish there were more live hip hop shows on the LES, don’t miss Faded Royalty Presents: Screw York, featuring rappers Dave East, Emilio Rojas and Most, in addition to B.I.C. Hailing from the Bronx, B.I.C. creates rhythmic beats coupled with intelligent lyrics.Their motto says it all, “We are B.I.C. and we do our best to make good hip-hop.” They’re doing just that, and the energy is sure to be high for this LES show.

Listen to: Love Me

Arlene’s Grocery / January 20th // 8pm // $25


Flora Theden lives and works in the Lower East Side. She is an Account Executive in the Hospitality Division of Brandsway Creative, a Public Relations, Marketing and Branding firm.