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Beirut at Bowery Ballroom (June 21, 2015)

By Will Oliver, August 25th 2015

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On September 11 the alway reliable Beirut will grace us with a brand new album called No No No, which will be released by 4AD. Along with the announcement came new tour dates, with a stop in New York at the prestigious Radio City Music Hall on October 1. But they didn’t make us wait that long. A few weeks later the band would announce a slightly more intimate last minute performance at Bowery Ballroom on June 21, on fathers day.

I went in expecting Zach Condon and the rest of Beirut to share a majority of the new album, and just hoped for a couple of old favorites as well. Only, it turned out to be the opposite, as only two songs from the new record were shared: title track and first single “No No No” (which they played last summer at their Northside appearance) and “August Holland.”

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The rest of the night saw Beirut dip into select favorites from each album, leaving fans with no choice but to sing along to every word. Usually when a band enters a new album cycle you’re hoping to get a few songs you know, but this show was the rare show where you got to hear every song that you wanted. The band seemed happy just to be playing again. The return to Bowery caused Condon to reflect a bit, including his realization that it has been nearly a decade since the release of his breakthrough piece, “Postcards From Italy,” which had everyone in attendance singing along.

I was glad I was able to see Beirut dazzle in a small venue one last time. Although Radio City will certainly be a special show in its own right, I don’t think it can quite match getting to see them at the Bowery. No doubt it will be one of the most special shows I’ll see this year.

Find photos of Beirut and opener Helado Negro below, along with Beirut’s setlist.
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Beirut – “No No No”

By Will Oliver, June 18th 2015 — with 1 comment

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It’s always good to get new music from Beirut, which makes it very exciting to announce that Zach Condon’s group will make their triumphant return with new album No No No on September 11 via 4AD.

Today they released the video for the ultra charming and very Beirut first single “No No No.” It’s an instant winner that is all too perfect for summer listening.

The video was directed by Brother Willis, who captures the band at their quirkiest with an live performance that goes awry. It’s a good time.

Check it out below, and if you’re free this Sunday night grab tickets to their show at Bowery Ballroom. The show was just announced and tickets are still on sale. It’s a little more intimate than their show at Radio City this fall.
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Beirut at 50 Kent (June 14, 2014)

By Will Oliver, June 25th 2014 — with 9 comments

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It’s been three years since Beirut released The Rip Tide, and a year since their last show in New York City, which took place last year at Governors Ball. We can only hope that a new album is around the corner, but there’s no official word. The fact that they performed a few weeks ago at the new Brooklyn outdoor concert space 50 Kent is an encouraging sign either way. The show took place on June 14 as a part of the Northside Festival. Read the rest of this entry »

Beirut @ Governors Ball (June 9, 2013)

By Will Oliver, June 13th 2013 — with 1 comment

The wild reception that Beirut received upon arriving on stage rivaled the likes of a mega rock band with crazed screams and cheers that would honestly surprise you. You could tell that Zach Condon and the rest of Beirut were taken aback by all of it, even though it’s all well deserved.

Not many bands can captivate an audience with the classic old school sound that Beirut employs. But they make it work and it breathes more life than most bands could ever achieve. When you hear a song as classic as “Postcards From Italy” second in a set, you know the band must be something special.

Beirut are truly one of a kind, a band that has quietly ascended to one of my favorites.
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Beirut Reveal The Rip Tide Album Art

By Will Oliver, June 29th 2011

Beirut will release new album, The Rip Tide on August 30 via Zach Condon’s very own Pompeii Records. We have a taste of the new LP in the form of the magestic single “East Harlem”, which is available to stream below:

The album is available for pre-order here. The first pressings of each come in a special foil-stamped, clothbound editions, which the band says is “rather like an old hardcover book”.





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