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Beirut @ Governors Ball (June 9, 2013)

By Will Oliver, June 13th 2013

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”.

[new] Beirut – East Harlem

By Will Oliver, June 4th 2011 — with 2 comments

Beirut is back with a limited 7″ vinyl that features “East Harlem” a gem that the band has been playing live. It’s Beirut at their finest, sounding organic yet fresh, the characteristic that makes them the fantastic band that they are. Zach Condon’s unmistakable vocals are simply sublime safely situated behind his smooth backing band.

“East Harlem” is available to purchase here. For now you can stream the song thanks to Revolver USA. It’s a lovely way to head into your weekend.

Beirut – East Harlem:

Beirut – East Harlem by Revolver USA

Beirut @ The Guggenheim (7/15/2010)

By Will Oliver, July 16th 2010 — with 1 comment

Last night I saw Beirut play at the Guggenheim Museum, and what an experience it was. It was the first show for their “Dark Sounds” concert series. I had a great time because there was not a bad spot in the venue to watch the show. You could be on the first floor or the 5th, peering down on the band as they delighted all with their other worldly sounds. The band sounded great, and the atmosphere of the museum was a perfect fit. “Postcards From Italy” was beyond special. I still remember hearing that song for the first time, and all those emotions came back to me when Zach started singing it.

The mixture of beautiful harmonies and brass horns is enough to sweep you off your feet. Beirut are as good as you expect them to be live, if not more.

Setlist:

1. Nantes
2. Mimizan
3. Elephant Gun
4. The Shrew
5. Forks and Knives (La Fête)
6. Scenic World
7. Cherbourg
8. The Concubine
9. The Akara
10. Postcards From Italy
11. East Harlem
12. Mount Wroclai (Idle Days)
13. A Sunday Smile
14. Closing Song

Encore:
15. The Penalty
16. Carousels
17. The Gulag Orkestar

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