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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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Check out some photos after the jump:

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Favorite Live Photos of 2016

By Will Oliver, January 26th 2017

Sleigh Bells at Le Poisson Rouge (September 8)

In 2016 we opened our doors and expanded our small team to include more contributing photographers than ever before. As a result, we have a lot of content that we are proud of, and wanted to take a look back at some of our favorite live music photographs taken throughout 2016. Thanks to our entire team for all of their incredible efforts. There’s so much great music happening year round, it’s truly amazing how much of it we were able to be a part of in some way, no matter how small.

So with that, here’s an absolute giant gallery of our favorite photos of 2016 taken in chronologic order:

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We All Want Someone’s Best Songs of 2015

By Will Oliver, March 18th 2016 — with 2 comments

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Artwork thanks to our very own Anthony Bauer

We look back 2015 fondly, one of the best years of music in some time. There was almost too much of it, making it nearly an impossible task to come up with my top albums of the year. Even worse, was choosing the best songs of the year.

Many albums had multiple offerings that deserved recognition, but I tried my best to limit it to one song per artist, except for a few special cases. It wasn’t easy to do a top 100 list, but it was fun to reflect on 2015 with all the sounds that helped soundtrack my life throughout those months.

Below you can find the list posted in countdown style from 100-1, and I’ve created a handy Spotify playlist in countdown order for your listening convenience and pleasure. I’ve posted the embeded playlist below.

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We All Want Someone’s Best Shows Of 2015

By Will Oliver, March 15th 2016 — with 1 comment

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Blur at MSG

I lost count of how many shows I went to in 2015, but I’m pretty sure I managed to top the amount of shows I went to in 2014, which was a previous record.

You’ll notice a good chunk of the shows that made the cut are established artists playing intimate venues such as Baby’s All Right or Bowery Ballroom. Nothing quite matches getting to see big acts in a great small venue. That’s not to say that a show at a large venue can’t be good, as plenty of big bands playing large venues or dare I say arenas ended up on here as well. There’s a lot of ingredients to a good show, and I don’t discriminate..

Below, find my top 40 shows of 2015 and feel free to click through to each individual show recap to re-live them along with me. We can’t wait to see what 2016 brings to us. All I know is it will be tough to match what I saw in 2015.
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Introducing: LNZNDRF

By Will Oliver, January 13th 2016

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At first glance LNZNDRF may look like a jumble of letters, but fans of The National and Beirut should immediately take note. It’s the new project of Scott and Bryan Devendorf of The National, and Ben Lanz of Beirut (he also plays with The National live). Together, the trio form LNZNDRF and like Matt Berninger did last year, they look to make a name for themselves in 2016.

The group will release their self-titled debut album via 4AD on February 19. It was recorded over two and a half days at a Cincinnati church, with songs improvised from the old spirit that made them want to make music in the first place,

They’ve given us a preview of what is to come with a set of three live songs from the album (it looks like they’re joined by Beirut’s Aaron Arntz live), and the results are rather stunning. “Beneath The Black Sea” sounds like it could have come from New Order or Joy Division, they dive into dream-laden psych territory that reminds of My Bloody Valentine at times with “Mt. Storm,” and the experimental “King Things” has a experimental world-influence that isn’t easy to pin down to just one idea or genre. It’s safe to say that LNZNDRF isn’t just a one-off solo project, but a fully formed idea ready to take over our minds.

Enjoy all three of the live performances posted below. The album is available to pre-order now, with a limited clear vinyl pressing still available. The band will make their NYC live debut at the Mercury Lounge on Saturday, March 5, with an early and late show.
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