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Tags: Aaron Arnts, Beirut, Ben Lanz, Brooklyn, Celebrate Brooklyn, Kyle Resnick, Live Music, Mina J, Music, New York City, Nick Petree, Paul Collins, Photos, Prospect Park Bandshell, Zach Condon
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Beirut began a decade ago in Santa Fe, N.M., as a solo project for Zach Сondon (vocals, flugelhorn and ukulele). And in the ensuing years, the band has expanded in sound—covering lo-fi rock, pop, psychedelia, Balkan folk and Gypsy music—and size—upon moving to Brooklyn, Condon began performing with a rotating group of musicians, which now includes Nick Petree (drums), Paul Collins (bass), Kyle Resnick (trumpet), Ben Lanz (trombone) and Aaron Arntz (keys). Their fourth studio album, No No No (stream it below), arrived last September. According to AllMusic, it “should appeal to the Beirut loyal as well as serve as a fine representative for any potential admirers who’ve simply managed to miss them along the way.” And the Line of Best Fit added that “No No No is, on paper at least, the latest in a growing line of very good Beirut albums. In practice, it is that and more: nine sketches of heartbreak and hope played with a newfound ease, a short collection that yields greater returns with each listen.” The local favorites (above performing “So Allowed” on Conan) close out their tour at The Capitol Theatre on Monday and Celebrate Brooklyn at the Prospect Park Bandshell on Tuesday.
Tags: Aaron Arnts, Beirut, Ben Lanz, Capitol Theatre, Celebrate Brooklyn, Fabiano do Nascimento, Helado Negro, Kyle Resnick, Nick Petree, Paul Collins, Prospect Park Bandshell, Zach Condon
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LNZNDRF – Mercury Lounge – March 5, 2016
The first thing you may have noticed as LNZNDRF assembled onstage at Mercury Lounge for the first of two sold-out shows on Saturday night was their matching tie-dyed long-sleeve coveralls. With the stage’s backdrop lit to resemble the cover of their self-titled debut album, a large planetary sphere, the band members resembled some sort of scrappy but very chill NASA technicians. The scene set the tone for the music, originally conceived through a whirlwind session of extended musical improvisations by Ben Lanz (of Beirut) and Scott and Bryan Devendorf (of the National).
The resulting album captures snippets of these jams and delves into darker, louder and even spacier territory than what you would likely expect from their other bands. Songs like “Kind Things” and “Future You” contained intricate moments of almost disorientating feedback alongside minimal guitar lines on Saturday night. And Bryan Devendorf’s powerful drumming soon punctuated the lulling, hypnotic quality with the ability to transform the material into catchy head-nodders.
At moments, LNZNDRF brought to mind the likes of New Order, the Jesus and Mary Chain and even Brian Eno (particularly during Lanz’s vocals on “Monument” and “Beneath the Black Sea”). But despite these comparisons, LNZNDRF also seem unconcerned with fitting into any particular sound or style, instead using their live show to channel the loose, experimental atmosphere of those initial jam sessions—an immersive experience, otherworldly yet familiar. —Alena Kastin | @AlenaK
Tags: Alena Kastin, Beirut, Ben Lanz, Brian Eno, Bryan Devendorf, Capitol Theatre, Celebrate Brooklyn, Jesus and Mary Chain, Live Music, LNZNDRF, Mercury Lounge, Music, New Order, Prospect Park Bandshell, Review, Scott Devendorf, the National
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Beirut – Radio City Music Hall – October 1, 2015
Last night, Radio City Music Hall hosted a gaggle of long-loved musicians, and by gaggle, I mean the six gentlemen who make up Beirut, Ethiopian keyboardist and accordion luminary Hailu Mergia and a few extra string players for good measure. Mergia kicked off the night with rich, funk-laced Ethojazz. His decades-long career began when he formed the Walias and started playing the nightclub scene in early-’70s Addis Ababa. He relocated to Washington, D.C., a few years later in order to make a name for himself outside of the brutal Ethiopian dictatorship that ruled then. Ever since his move to the States, Mergia has been recording music and performing here and there. Last night’s audience watched him and his bandmates intently as they performed a wonderfully jazzy, zigzagging set.
After a brief intermission, the velvety curtains onstage rose to reveal Beirut, enveloped in gorgeous blue-hued shadows. The band’s hiatus from recording and performing has only made their fans’ hearts grow fonder, as was evidenced by uproarious applause throughout the music hall. Zach Condon and his bandmates knit together an hour and a half of material both new and old. They gave plenty of stage time to their new album, No No No, and pulled out older favorites, like “Santa Fe,” “Nantes” and “Scenic World.”
A trio of string musicians, perched stage left and jumped in to support various numbers, flanked the band. The set was filled with perfectly synchronized brass, heavy drums and Condon’s signature wistful vocals. At some point, the audience had had enough of sitting down. Condon acknowledged that, and bade us to get up and dance, which we promptly did. Beirut have an aura of splendid playfulness, and their energy was completely intoxicating. They will undoubtedly continue to charm us with their intricate, frolicsome music. —Schuyler Rooth | @SchuylerSpeak
Tags: Beirut, Ben Lanz, Hailu Mergia, Kyle Resnick, Live Music, Music, Nick Petree, No No No, Paul Collins, Perrin Cloutier, Radio City Music Hall, Review, Schuyler Rooth, Walias, Zach Condon
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You know ’em. You love ’em. They’re back. That’s right, Beirut, the Santa Fe, N.M., band with a big sound, plays Rumsey Playfield tomorrow night. The show is sold out, but The House List is giving away two tickets. Want to go? Try to Grow a Pair. It’s easy. Just fill out the form below, making sure to include your full name, e-mail address, which show you’re trying to win tickets to (Beirut, 8/29) and a brief message explaining why your summer’s been so lousy that you need a free night out. Eddie Bruiser, who’s had a pretty epic summer, will notify the winner by tomorrow. Good luck.