that's a wrap: beirut and inlets
  • MONDAY, FEBRUARY 09, 2009

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photos by Maureen Pitz. See more photos HERE.

You could tell what kind of a show it was going to be 3 hours before the doors even opened. Outside, a few stone cold kids stood shivering on line. Their hope? Get through those restrictive doors by any means necessary. A sold out show meant not all of them would make it. But if by chance a few did, a fantastic night of music featuring Brooklyn's own Beirut and Inlets awaited them.

The first thing worth noticing when Inlets take the stage and begin to play is their quiet and contemplative demeanor. This band isn't here to rock you or make you dance. They are here to make you feel. And if you begin to sway along the way, well that's just the result of good music. Led by Sebastian Krueger - who's pure and soft voice permeates every song - Inlets provide beautiful, often solemn melodies through the use of guitar, bass, keys, and drums. To that, bits of banjo, brass, and toy piano also nuzzle their way into the mix. But Inlets' truest bits of beauty stem from those moments when several voices combine as one to form some of the most gorgeous vocal harmonies one could ever hope to hear.

Performing a combination of songs off of their debut EP Vestibule and a soon to be released new album, Inlets proved to be the perfect way to warm the room, and any chilled bones in the process, ahead of the Beirut's rousing performance to come.

For his part, ringleader Zach Condon would choose to begin Beirut's set with a simple "Good evening everyone", diving immediately into "Nantes", to the rapturous applause of the hundreds in attendance. Using an impressive variety of instrumentation (stand-up bass, accordion, trumpet, trombone, french horn, euphonium, and Condon's signature ukulele), the band played a batch of tunes that appropriately ushered the audience to a variety of places around the world. With "Cherbourg" Beirut took the attendees to France. "Gulag Orkestar" sparked a quick trip to the Balkans. During "The Shrew", a song from Beirut's brand new EP March of the Zapotec, Mexico became the destination of choice. They also dabbled in a track called "My Night With a Prostitute from Marseille"; this one from Zach Condon's Realpeoples' Holland EP.

At the end of their full set, Condon would be forced to tell the still hungry crowd, "You've bled us dry at this point"; a statement that would hardly deter the crowd from demanding more. Two encores later, the love affair between Beirut and the fans in attendance was complete. They ended the show with a cover of a dancy old Brazilian song, written by Ary Barroso called "Aquarela do Brasil" ("Watercolor of Brazil"); a lighthearted way to send the happy crowd off into the cold streets of Brooklyn indeed.

Below you will find a few photos Baeble's Maureen Pitz snapped during the performances. Keep checking back in the next few weeks as we prepare to release videos of both Beirut and Inlet's performances. - Greg Lozoff

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