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.
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He was born in the Dominican Republic, grew up in Florida and now makes his home in Brooklyn. George Lewis Jr. grew up listening to a wide range of music, including punk, classic rock and R&B. The expressive singer has been making his mark in the chillwave genre under the name Twin Shadow for close to a decade. His first LP, Forget, came out in 2010, immediately impressing critics. PopMusic called it “a near-flawless album and certainly one of the most impressive debuts we’ve ever seen. It might not change your life, but it will bury itself deep into your brain and make you feel good and warm for a couple of days.” Twin Shadow (above, doing “Old Love/New Love” for WFUV FM) returned with a third full-length, the more stylized Eclipse (stream it below), late last winter. “It’s rarely subtle sonically,” according to Entertainment Weekly, “synths come in bursts, bass lines thump like they’re reaching for the strobe lights—but Lewis’ seductive voice provides an irresistible tether.” Now touring the country, he plays Terminal 5 on Thursday. Brother-sister duo Wild Belle and Helado Negro open the show.