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The Set List: Live Music on the Lower East Side

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Craft Spells plays at Mercury Lounge this Friday.

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

Thursday – Milo Greene and Wardell

Wardell is the folksy indie rock brother/sister duo consisting of Steven Spielberg’s kids. Check out their aptly-named 2013 EP, Brother/Sister.

Listen to: White Lies by Milo Greene

Bowery Ballroom // March 12th // 9pm // $17


Friday – Haunt The House

Originally the solo acoustic project of Will Houlihan, Haunt The House has recently expanded and released Jack Rabbit Jones, which fully embodies Americana music with mandolin, accordion and a chorus of singers to cry, moan, plead and delight.

Listen to: Jack Rabbit Jones

Rockwood Music Hall // March 13th //6:30pm // $10


Friday – Craft Spells

After a dormant period following the release of the Gallery EP in 2012, Craft Spells’ Justin Vallesteros came back on the scene with the gorgeously ambitious Nausea in 2014. It’s the band’s second proper full length LP, and their first since 2010’s critically acclaimed Idle Labor. If you’re into lo-fi and indie pop, you’ll love their beautiful and melodious sound.

Listen to: Party Talk

Mercury Lounge // March 13th // 7:30pm // $12


Saturday – Twerps

Cheeky, charming and touchingly direct, Melbourne foursome Twerps have risen from humble beginnings to become international lo-fi pop champions. Formed in late 2008 around charismatic guitarist/vocalist Marty Frawley (son of revered Australian songwriter Maurice Frawley) and bassist Rick Milovanovic, the band has supported the likes of Deerhunter, the Black Lips, Yo La Tengo and Thee Oh Sees.

Listen to: Back to You

Mercury Lounge // March 14th // Midnight // $12


Saturday – Kahli Abdu & VHS Safari

Afro-Electro trio Kahli Abdu & VHS Safari is off to a great start for 2015.  The group has already seen the release of its debut full-length, A.R.T. Project, and headlining turns at Brooklyn Bowl and Knitting Factory. Don’t miss this opportunity to catch the guys in action.

Listen to: Love You Anyway

Rockwood Music Hall // March 14th // 9:15m // $10


Wednesday – Oh, Cassius!

Singer-songwriters and multi-instrumentalists, John Torres & Meredith DiMenna. Where Gram Parsons and Emmylou Harris meets Of Monsters and Men, Oh, Cassius! plays beautiful and haunting songs that are simultaneously classic and modern.

Listen to: The Lesser of the Two

Rockwood Music Hall // March 18th // 9pm // Free


Get tickets now: Tanlines at Bowery Ballroom on May 14th. Tickets are $20 and you won’t want to miss this unique electronic pop duo when tickets inevitably sell out.

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