Greek Theater audience swoons for Beirut’s worldly folk

Sure, Beirut’s brand of jet-setting, theatrical folk music may strike some as idyllic — the musical embodiment of an afternoon stroll down the streets of Paris, even. And it doesn’t help that the band’s catapult to indie fame was a one-off sidewalk performance in Paris. But Beirut’s set at the
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Beirut bares it all in simplistic, melodic album

A soft, tribal beat opens No No No, the latest studio album by Beirut. A simple piano riff emerges to accompany the djembe, and as the low, melodic voice of singer Zach Condon layers into the mix, you realize the song doesn’t really need anything more than that. And for
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A preview of the amazing lineup of artists coming to Berkeley this fall

I remember sitting in the back of the 1 bus, riding down Telegraph to my first ever show at the Fox Theater in Oakland. Dressed in a totally impractical outfit, watching the little dot on my iPhone venture down Telegraph Avenue to make sure that we didn’t miss our stop,
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Beirut: The Rip Tide

When Beirut, the solo project of New Mexico native Zach Condon, debuted in 2006, it was a welcome blast from some accordion-filled past. With its resounding chorus of brass orchestration and romantic images of Ye Olde Europe, the band’s debut album, Gulag Orkestar, was a refreshingly cheery introduction for the
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