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BLOG: BEIRUT UNVEILED TWO NEW SONGS AT NORTHSIDE
It's been a long stretch since Beirut gave us The Rip Tide, their last full-length album back in 2011....
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BLOG: SNOOP LION SAMPLES BEIRUT, FEATURES DRAKE AND MORE
How do you evolve a Snoop Dogg into a Snoop Lion? While this question at first seemed comical, and downright scientifically impossible, when the Rastafarian cauldron was filled with a brew of the strangest ingredient combination imaginable, by the grace of some herb-fueled god, it actually worked....
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BLOG: BEIRUT'S 'THE RIP TIDE' VIDEO: BOATS AND WOES
Director Houmam Abdallah succeeds in presenting a video with colorful, ethereal visuals to compliment the prowess of Beirut's "The Rip Tide....
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BLOG: LATE NIGHT: BEIRUT
Although Obama and Dave Matthews were the hot ticket last night on late night, right before Late Night, Leno had a rare hit with the wordly Beirut....
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BLOG: NEW MUSIC VIDEO: BEIRUT
World music darlings Beirut just released a stunning black and white video for, "Vagabond," off of last year's The Rip Tide....
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BLOG: LATE NIGHT: BEIRUT
Zach Condon popped in to Late Night for his second after-hours appearance of the month as Beirut. This time around, he played the upbeat "Santa Fe....
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BLOG: NEW MUSIC VIDEO: BEIRUT
When driven to the edge, a man might snap...which is almost the case in Beirut's latest video. A highlight from the band's latest long player The Rip Tide, the story at the heart of " Santa Fe"'s visual adventure involves a bushy bearded bloke, his lost lady, and an unfortunate squashed dog....
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BLOG: ALBUM REVIEW: BEIRUT
Beirut does very little to pull you in with The Rip Tide, the latest addition to Zach Condon's collection of worldly contemplations, nor does he need to....
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BLOG: WATCH: BEIRUT
Beirut has orchestrated its own version of "O Leozinho" for Red Hot + Rio2, the modern tribute album to the late 60s Brazilian Tropiclia movement, intended to raise money for AIDS charities....
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BLOG: STREAM: BEIRUT
After waiting over two years since his last EP release in February of 2009, Beirut released their new single "East Harlem," available now on vinyl with the b-side Goshen....
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BLOG: HEAR TWO NEW BEIRUT SONGS
Beirut has already announced a new album in the works, so it's only natural Zach Condon and his merry band will start debuting new songs at their performances....
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BLOG: MP3: BEIRUT
Born in 1989, Red Hot Organization (RHO) was created as a response to the devastation of AIDS to a generation of New York artists and intellectuals....
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ALBUM REVIEW: BEIRUT THE RIP TIDE
Beirut does very little to pull you in with The Rip Tide, the latest addition to Zach Condon's collection of worldly contemplations, nor does he need to....
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CLICK BAIT: BEIRUT ADD DATES TO TOUR
Beirut has decided to add additional dates to its tour in support of their new album The Rip Tide, available now....
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CLICK BAIT: BEIRUT ANNOUNCES TOUR IN SUPPORT OF FORTHCOMING ALBUM
The Rip Tide hits our shores (and everywhere else) on August 30th, via Pompeii Records. Zach Condon (the frontal lobe of Beirut), has announced a tour to support the release....
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CLICK BAIT: BEIRUT ANNOUNCES NEW SINGLE
Beirut has announced the release of a new single, "East Harlem." It's available June 6, and will feature an addition track, "Goshen....
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Artist Bio

One of 2006's most unexpected indie success stories, Beirut combines a wide variety of styles, from pre-rock pop music and Eastern European Gypsy styles to the alternately plaintive and whimsical indie folk of the Decemberists to the lo-fi, homemade psychedelic experimentation of Neutral Milk Hotel. At the heart of this sonic hybrid was a teenager from Albuquerque, NM, a fact that made Beirut's debut album, Gulag Orkestar, all the more surprising. Something of a musical prodigy, multi-instrumentalist Zach Condon began making one-man D.I.Y. bedroom recordings in his early teens; while conducting interviews several years later, he claimed to have recorded an entire album of 1950s-style doo wop material and a collection of electronic pop songs inspired by the Magnetic Fields. (Indeed, Condon's dolorous vocal delivery and low, somewhat shaky pitch sound directly inspired by the Fields' Stephin Merritt.)

After dropping out of high school, Condon claims to have traveled through Europe at the age of 16, in the process becoming exposed to the Balkan folk and Gypsy music that's at the heart of Gulag Orkestar. Back home in Albuquerque, Condon crossed paths with fellow New Mexican Jeremy Barnes, formerly of Neutral Milk Hotel, whose own albums as A Hawk and a Hacksaw share similarly ethnographic interests with Condon's new material. With the help of Barnes and his A Hawk and a Hacksaw partner, Heather Trost, Condon recorded the songs that would make up Gulag Orkestar largely on his own, playing accordion, keyboards, saxophone, clarinet, mandolin, ukulele, horns, glockenspiel, and percussion along with Barnes' drums and Trost's cello and violin.

After Barnes gave an early version of the album to Ba Da Bing! Records label head Ben Goldberg, the newly christened band Beirut was signed to the New Jersey-based label and Condon moved from Albuquerque to Brooklyn, where he put together a floating collective of part-time bandmembers along the lines of Broken Social Scene for live performances. Following the release of Gulag Orkestar in May 2006, critical approbation quickly moved from the smallest blogs to mainstream media outlets that pegged Condon as a one-man cross between Jeff Mangum, Conor Oberst, and Sufjan Stevens. The EP Lon Gisland followed in 2007, leading up to the full-length The Flying Club Cup later that year. In 2009 Condon released the double EP March of the Zapotec/Holland. The latter featured six electronic tracks recorded at home under the pseudonym Realpeople, while the former included six tracks recorded in Oaxaca, Mexico with the Jimenez Band, a 19-piece group from Teotitln del Valle. - allmusic.com
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