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Hailu Mergia

Beirut is on tour now in support of this year's No No No on 4AD, and that tour lands at NYC's Radio City Music Hall tonight (10/1). They've got a pretty special guest opening tonight's show and a few others, Ethiopian funk musician Hailu Mergia who's been having a resurgence since the 2013 reissue of his 1985 album Hailu Megia and His Classical Instrument. If you're going to Radio City tonight, don't miss his set. Tickets are still available.

All dates that Hailu are opening are listed, with a video of Hailu's recent Boiler Room London Live performance, below...

Continue reading "Hailu Mergia opening select Beirut dates (Radio City tonight)"

photos by PSquared

Beirut @ The Bell House 9/10/2015

The hallmarks of his early music -- the extra instruments, the Balkan influence, the very extravagance that set him apart as a teenager and finally made him famous -- those sounds, he says, were not exactly him.

"In the past, I had this overwhelming desire to knock people over the head with music, as some sort of blunt instrument. I'm learning a lot about pulling back and implying things, instead of actually shooting for the moon," Condon says. "I don't know if I was hiding, so much as I just had so much to prove." - [NPR]

Beirut celebrated the release of their new album, No, No, No, with a show at The Bell House on Thursday (9/10). While part of NPR's free First Listen Live series (which hosted The Arcs' live debut this week as well), Zach Condon and the rest of his band treated this as a regular, if smaller than usual, gig and peppered the set with most of the new LP. Setlist is below.

Condon was busy this week, having helped Stephen Colbert usher in the first episode of The Late Show. Beirut will be back in a couple weeks, playing Radio City Music Hall on October 1. Tickets are still available. More pictures from Beirut's Bell House show, below.

Continue reading "Beirut celebrated 'No, No, No' at The Bell House (pics / setlist)"

The Late Show with Stephen Colbert

Stephen Colbert made his debut as host of CBS' The Late Show on Tuesday night (9/8) with guests George Clooney and Republican presidential hopeful Jeb Bush. The end of the show featured a performance by house band Jon Batiste and Stay Hungry, covering Sly & the Family Stone's "Everyday People" with a whole bunch of special guests, including Mavis Staples, Ben Folds, Buddy Guy, Beirut's Zach Condon, Kyle Resnick, and Ben Lanz, Alabama Shakes' Brittany Howard and lots more. Watch that below (via Vulture) and the whole episode is streaming over at CBS.

Continue reading "Stephen Colbert made his 'Late Show' debut with help from Mavis Staples, Beirut, Alabama Shakes, Ben Folds & more"

photo: Beirut at Pemberton Fest 2015 (more by Chris & Rae Graham)
Beirut at Pemberton

Beirut's new album, No No No, is out next week (9/11) via 4AD and the band have just announced they'll be performing it live in full at The Bell House on September 10. The show is part of NPR's First Listen Live series and is a free show, though you must RSVP. RSVP goes live on Wednesday (9/2) at noon.

The band's tour starts right after that and includes a much bigger NYC show at Radio City Music Hall on 10/1. Tickets are still available.

Continue reading "Beirut performing 'No No No' in full at free Bell House show "

by Andrew Sacher


Hoferlanz is the project of multi-instrumentalist Ben Lanz, who's played in The National, Beirut, Sufjan Stevens' band, Gabriel & the Hounds and more. He's releasing an album this week and celebrating with a release show on Wednesday (9/2) at Union Pool in Brooklyn. The National's Scott Devendorf and Helado Negro will be DJing. Tickets are on sale now.

So far two singles are out from the album. "Karla's Retreat" the kind of orchestral indie rock you might expect from someone with a resume like Ben, but "Visitaa" brings a harder, distorted edge to that sound. Check both out below.

Continue reading "The National/Beirut collaborator Ben Lanz releasing an album as Hoferlanz, celebrating in NYC this week"

by Andrew Sacher

photo: Beirut at Pemberton Fest 2015 (more by Chris & Rae Graham)

Beirut's new album No No No comes out September 11 via 4AD. You've already heard the title track, and today they released another song from it, "Gibraltar." It sounds like a Beirut song all right. You can watch the video, directed by Brother Willis, below.

The band's tour hits NYC on October 1 at Radio City Music Hall. Tickets for that show are still available.

Continue reading "Beirut share new song "Gibraltar" (watch the video)"

photos by Chris Graham and Rae Graham

The War On Drugs / J. Cole / Beirut
Pemberton Music Festival
Pemberton Music Festival
Pemberton Music Festival
Pemberton Music Festival

If you thought a sunset performance in the corner of North America would be a good chance for Beirut to offer up a slew of new material from their upcoming September release, No No No, think again. Instead, a smiley Zach Condon and co. seemed more intent on reacquainting themselves, and fans, with their older songs. The set actually found a comfy place at being a rare moment, as it didn't resemble a set from their Rip Tide tour, but felt more like a Beirut's Greatest Hits offering [Consequence of Sound]
We already posted pictures of Broken Social Scene's set from the Saturday (7/18) of Vancouver's Pemberton Music Festival, and now we've got pictures from Thursday (7/16), including The War On Drugs, Beirut, J. Cole and more. Pics continue below...

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by Andrew Sacher

photo: Beirut at 50 Kent in 2014 (more by PSquared)

You already heard the title track of Beirut's upcoming album, No No No (due 9/11 via 4AD), and now director Brother Willis has given it the video treatment. The video's got the band performing the song and making all the usual rookie mistakes like trying to play piano with your toes and using a guitar made of cardboard. Check it out below.

They've also added an intimate NYC show happening ahead of their tour on Sunday (6/21) at Bowery Ballroom. They'll be debuting more material from the new album at the show. Tickets are on sale now.

The proper tour includes a much larger NYC show on October 1 at Radio City. Tickets for that one are still available.

Updated dates dates listed, with the new video, below...

Continue reading "Beirut release "No No No" video, playing Bowery Ballroom this Sunday before tour (tickets on sale now)"

(photo by Shawn Brackbill)

Beirut will release their new album, No No No, on September 11 via 4AD. It was recorded in NYC over a two-week period during this past year's brutal winter and you can stream the title track, and check out the album tracklist, below.

The band will be playing a few shows this summer -- including Woodstock's Bearsville Theatre on June 19 -- and then mounting a full tour this fall that will include a stop at NYC's Radio City Music Hall on October 1. Tickets for both those shows go on sale Friday (6/5) at noon with an AmEx presale for Radio City starting Wednesday (6/3) at noon. All dates are listed below.

Continue reading "Beirut announce new LP 'No No No,' share title track, going on tour including Woodstock & Radio City Music Hall (dates)"


Portland, Oregon's MusicfestNW takes place at the city's Tom McCall Waterfront Park on August 21-23 and the festival has now announced this year's lineup. The 15th edition of the festival features appearances from Modest Mouse, Beirut, The Tallest Man on Earth, Belle and Sebastian, Danny Brown, Battles, Title Fight, Lady Lamb and many more. Tickets for the festival go on sale Friday (4/24) at 1o AM Pacific (1 PM EDT), with early bird 3-day passes going for $105 and single-day early birds starting at $35.

Check out the lineup in full below...

Continue reading "MusicFestNW announces 2015 lineup"

photos by P Squared Photography

Beirut @ 50 Kent - 6/14/14

Beirut have international dates coming up this year, but before that they graced their current hometown of Brooklyn with a one-off Northside Festival at 50 Kent this past Saturday (6/14). NYC rap crew Ratking and Gambian Kora player Malang Jobarteh provided contrasting opening sets before Zach Condon and company played a 19-song set full of old favorites and also played a new song. Luckily it didn't rain. Pictures of the show are in this post.

We also just caught ex-Beirut member Kelly Pratt as a member of The Antlers at Rough Trade last night (6/17).

More pictures, with a video of the new song and Beirut's setlist, below...

Continue reading "Beirut played 50 Kent during Northside w/ Ratking and Malang Jobarteh (pics, video, setlist)"

50 Kent

We hope we don't have to find out, but there is a Flash Flood Watch that "remains in effect until midnight EDT", right through the entire War on Drugs, Woods, Julianna Barwick show. Meanwhile, Northside Fest says "The show must go on!"

UPDATE: As of 6:30, IT IS RAINING HARD, but still no word on the show being moved or cancelled.

UPDATE 2: The War on Drugs is postponed until Sunday!

Beirut, Ratking and Malang Jobarteh play the same outdoor venue Saturday.

The Range opening for CHVRCHES at T5 in May (more by Wei Shi)
The Range

The music portion of Brooklyn's multi-venue Northside Festival is almost here, beginning this Thursday (6/12) and running through Sunday (6/15), and there continue to be updates. For one, all openers for Northside's four big outdoor shows have been announced. We already knew Woods are opening the War On Drugs show Friday at 50 Kent, and we know Julianna Barwick is too. As discussed, Saturday's Thee Oh Sees show in McCarren Park will be opened by The Blind Shake and King Gizzard & the Lizard Wizard. Saturday's Beirut show at 50 Kent will include a lineup handpicked by the band of Ratking and Malang Jobarteh, and Sunday's CHVRCHES show in McCarren Park will include The Range (who also opened for them at Terminal 5) and Hunters.

The McCarren Park shows are free with RSVP (CHVRCHES closed, Thee Oh Sees still open, and the 50 Kent shows are still on sale. All Northside shows are accessible with a Northside badge though entry is subject to capacity.

Other recently announced Northside shows include the ones at Brooklyn Night Bazaar: Nick Waterhouse, Baths and Watain. Plus the Cameo/Buzz Chips/Pancakces & Whiskey showcase at Cameo on Friday with Nite Jewel, Ejecta, Brothertiger, Psychic Twin and The Great Void (tickets). Check out the festival's full schedule.

And as mentioned, we at BrooklynVegan are presenting the NYC debut of Dan Boeckner's (Wolf Parade, Handsome Furs, Divine Fits) new band Operators at Baby's All Right on Friday (6/13). Openers for that show will be announced very soon.

Williamsburg Park last year (more by Dylan Johnson)
Williamsburg Park

As touched on in the Northside Festival lineup additions we just posted, the annual Northside Festival (June 12-19) will be hosting concerts at what-used-to-be Williamsburg Park at North 12th and Kent in North Williamsburg, Brooklyn. The name of the venue has changed to 50 Kent which much like 285 Kent is named after its actual address. June 13 and 14 shows with The War on Drugs ($20 adv, $25 day of) and Beirut ($35 adv and day of), which are happening during the actual Northside Festival, will kick off " a summer-long Northside Summer Concert Series at 50 Kent", though no other shows as part of that series have been announced yet.

The War on Drugs at Bowery Ballroom in March (more by PSquared)
War on Drugs

As you may know, the Northside Festival returns to multiple Brooklyn venues from June 12-15 this year, and includes Sharon Van Etten, Courtney Barnett, Fuck Buttons, Titus Andronicus & Eagulls, CHVRCHES, Albert Hammond Jr., Dead Milkmen and more.

There have since been new additions to the schedule, including two big outdoor, all ages shows at the 6000-capacity 50 Kent (formerly Williamsburg Park, entrance at N. 12th). The first is The War on Drugs on Friday, June 13 ($20 adv, $25 day of) and then it's Beirut on Saturday, June 14 ($35 adv and day of). Tickets will be on sale soon via Northside Fest's site. These not-free big outdoor shows are in addition to the free big outdoor shows in McCarren Park with CHVRCHES (6/15) and one more TBA.

Other lineup additions include Perfect Pussy, Pharmakon, Eleanor Friedberger, Lust for Youth, Diane Coffee, Talib Kweli, Ava Luna, Yvette, Benjamin Booker (touring with Courtney Barnett), The Barr Brothers and Shamir (live debut). More info on exact venues and individual tickets will be available soon at Northside Fest's site where you can also buy a festival badge (Early Bird Music Badges ($65), Innovation Badges ($245), Film Badges ($25), and Premium Badges ($275) are on sale).

There's also a film portion, including the NY premieres of Homemakers (dir. Colin Healey), the Oscilloscope-presented of Montreal documentary The Past is a Grotesque Animal (dir. Jason Miller), and Whiffed Out (dir. Jason Giampietro), and the Brooklyn premiere of Summer of Blood (dir. Onur Tukel). More info on the film portion here.

by Klaus Kinski


For those keeping score, your man Klaus has played drums in many many unpopular and unsignable bands since 1991. I've dragged my 1964 Ludwig Oyster Black Pearl 4 piece kit (2nd rack tom not shown) with 1965 Gretsch snare (all of which were purchased in North Dartmouth, Massachusetts for $175) from one end of the earth (the Northeast) to the other (the Midwest mostly) hundreds of times. 'Tis a gorgeous kit, in phenomenal condition, and I have endured hundreds if not millions of compliments regarding it's eye-watering beauty. I am a man who appreciates a nice set of drums. And I'm a man who appreciates a man who appreciates a nice set of drums. Therefore, I am a man who appreciates this wonderful compilation video featuring the great David Letterman appreciating his various musical guest's gear, focusing primarily, but not exclusively, drums. The video, and a list of who is in it, including GBV, Feist, Beirut, James Blake, The Strokes, Mastodon, St. Vincent, and many many more, is below. Behold!

Continue reading "watch a video of David Letterman asking a bunch of different bands, "Are those your drums?""

photos by Dana (distortion) Yavin

Yeezus / Bloc Party / fans chillin' in a kiddie pool
Governors Ball
Governors Ball
Governors Ball

Governors Ball concluded on Sunday (6/9). We've already posted one set of pictures from that day, in addition to pictures of The xx, Deerhunter, and Portugal. The Man. We also posted videos, the setlist, and talked a bit about Kanye West's set. Now we've got pictures of Yeezus, in addition to Bloc Party, Beirut, Foals, Freddie Gibbs, and more in this post.

If you haven't been keeping up with our Governors Ball coverage, pictures of day 1 are HERE and HERE, and pictures of day 2 are HERE and HERE. More day 3 pictures below...

Continue reading "Governors Ball day 3 in pics (part 2): Kanye West, Bloc Party, Beirut, Foals, Freddie Gibbs & more"

Grizzly Bear in Austin in April (more by Tim Griffin)
Grizzly Bear

As we realized/mentioned today in our Cut Copy post and our Feist post, single day tickets for Governors Ball are back on sale.

The festival goes down on Randall's Island this weekend (6/7-9). We also just made a Spotify playlist of many of the artists we're excited to see this weekend. Listen to that below or on Spotify. Full Governors Ball schedule is also below...

Continue reading "Governors Ball single day tickets back on sale; we made a Spotify playlist"

Kanye West in Sweden in 2011 (more)
Kanye West

NYC festival Governors Ball is totally sold out of regular tickets, but if you weren't able to get yours and still want to go, there are still a few options. From now until Monday (5/27) at 11:59 PM, you can enter the Governors Ball Ticket Lottery. Entering the lottery gives you a chance to be selected to purchase either a 3-day pass or a single day ticket. More details on how the lottery works below.

DoNYC is also giving away VIP passes and tickets to every after party, so you can also head to their site to enter that contest too.

Ticket lottery details and festival set times below...

Continue reading "sold-out Governors Ball offers last chance on tickets via lottery"

Deerhunter at Austin Psych Fest 2013 (more by Tim Griffin)

Governors Ball is less than a month away, and the fest has now released the daily schedule. They've done a pretty good job with not too many giant conflicts -- though there's a few like Grizzly Bear vs Beirut, Bloc Party vs The xx, Erykah Badu vs Beach House, and Nas vs Guns N Roses. Check out the daily line-ups across their four stages below.

Continue reading "Governors Ball announces set times"


We're only a couple weeks out from Vampire Weekend's third album, Modern Vampires of the City, which hits retailers digital and physical on May 14. Look for the band, who just played Coachella, to preview tracks from the album at their sold-out show on Sunday (4/28) at Roseland Ballroom which is being broadcast live on the internet as part of the American Express Unstaged Performance series. The webcast, which is being directed by Steve Buscemi, starts at 9 PM EDT.

For those in NYC who would like to make the webcast experience a little more concert-like, Brooklyn Bowl, with help from the Tribeca Film Festival (which concludes on Sunday), will be showing it live on their many giant HD screens with "full concert sound." It's free entry.

Speaking of bowling, Vampire Weekend and Steve Buscemi, the band and Boardwalk Empire star are continuing to play out their friendship on the web with a second installment of the "documentary" about prepping for the Roseland show, which ends up at Brooklyn's Melody Lanes. There's also other episodes -- one with Grimes -- and you can watch them all below.

And last but not least, Vampire Weekend will appear on the May 11 episode of Saturday Night Live which is hosted by former castmember Kristen Wiig. So get ready for affable indie rock and the probable return of Gilly. Kanye West and Ben Afleck will apear on SNL's 38th Season Finale on May 18, and next weekend (May 4) it's Zach Galifianakis and Of Monsters and Men.

All upcoming Vampire Weekend tour dates (there are some new ones including Hollywood Bowl with Beirut, not NYC) are listed, along with the bowling video, below...

Continue reading "Vampire Weekend add dates, playing SNL (w/ Kristen Wiig) ++ more Buscemi videos (one with Grimes!); Roseland livestream @ Brooklyn Bowl"

Governors Ball

Governors Ball, which started as a small NYC festival on Governors Island and moved to the larger Randall's Island last year, keeps getting bigger and bigger. This year's fest takes place June 7th, 8th & 9th, and tickets go on sale Friday. Check out the full lineup, in list, video and flyer format - one unannounced headliner included, below...

Continue reading "Governors Ball 2013 lineup (Kanye West, Kings of Leon, Grizzly Bear, xx, Cut Copy, Kendrick, Anco, Beach House & MUCH MORE)"

New Yorker Festival

The 2012 New Yorker Festival happens October 5 - 7, bringing together writers, musicians, filmmakers, chefs, deep thinkers and all other sorts of creative types. Highlights for the 13th annual fest include "Portlandia Live" with Fred Armisen, Carrie Brownstein and special guests performing sketches live; Atul Gawande and the band Vampire Weekend; Sasha Frere-Jones and the singer Norah Jones; Alec Wilkinson and the neo-bluegrass band Punch Brothers; Ariel Levy and the singer-songwriter Lucinda Williams; John Seabrook and the indie-folk band Beirut; and Ben Greenman and singer, songwriter, and producer Raphael Saadiq.

Other notable events: the Wachowskis will present their new film Cloud Atlas with co-director Tom Tykwer; Mad Men's John Slattery hosts a panel on "period acting"; Paul Muldoon will interview Patti Smith and loads more meetings of minds.

Tickets to the 2012 New Yorker Festival will go on sale on Friday, September 14 at noon. Full line-up is below.

Continue reading "New Yorker Festival 2012 schedule (Portlandia, Beirut, Vampire Weekend, Lucinda Williams, Raphael Saadiq, Punch Brothers and more) "

photos by Toby Tenenbaum

Beirut at Central Park Summerstage - 8/29/12

Beirut brought their tour to NYC for a show at Central Park Summerstage last night (8/29) with Little Scream. Pictures from that show are in this post. Beirut will continue their tour this weekend with FYF Fest, which will kick off a west coast run for the band that also includes MusicFestNW, before they head over to Europe later next month.

More pics and a couple videos from last night's show are below.

Continue reading "Beirut and Little Scream played Central Park Summerstage (pics & videos)"

Beirut at Sasquatch, 2012 (more by Chris Graham)

today in NYC
* Dead Tape @ Zebulon
* Tori Scott @ Joe's Pub
* Neil Rolnick @ The Stone
* Beirut @ Rumsey Playfield
* Kristin Norderval @ The Stone
* Sheila E, fDELUXE @ BB King's
* Dead Can Dance @ Beacon Theatre
* Russ Lossing Oracle Trio @ Barbes
* The Mandingo Ambassadors @ Barbes
* The Gourds, Pat Sweany @ Mercury Lounge
* Life Size Maps, La Big Vic @ McCarren Park
* Angel Haze, Denzil Porter, Talonted @ SOB's
* Y La Bamba, Chris Pureka @ Knitting Factory
* Bird Dog, Adam McBride-Smith, Moga @ Rock Shop
* Yellow Dogs, The Hot Stiffs, Stamps @ Party XPO
* Psychic Limb, Monogamy Party, Burglers @ Cake Shop
* Turbonegro, Doomriders, Night Birds @ House of Vans
* The Everymen, ohnomoon, Los Encantados @ The Delancey
* Eidetic Seeing, Dharana, OdO (of Forma) @ Shea Stadium
* Veronica Klaus Sings The Peggy Lee Songbook @ Joe's Pub
* Naomi Punk, Nude Beach, Sleepies, Shoxx @ Death By Audio
* Oberhofer, Bleeding Rainbow, Heavenly Beat @ Brooklyn Bowl
* Lost Coves, The Netherlands, Fashion Week, No Way @ Union Pool
* Behavior, Judy Blooms, Weird Rivers, Punks On Mars @ Muchmore's
* Sean Bones, Papertwin, Juston Stens & The Get Real Gang @ Glasslands
* Martin Crane of Brazos, The Weather Station, Will Stratton @ Union Hall
* Rocket & The Ghost, Vassals, Indian Rebound, The Sanctuaries, Jae @ Pianos
* Mick Barr, Zs, Wet Ink, Extra Life, Hubble, Diamond Terrifier @ 285 Kent Ave
* Swordmasters of Ginaz, Black Table, HEADSNATCHER, Black Water, So Hideous @ Tommy's Tavern
* The Vandelles, Cool Serbia, HITS (Formerly Jump Into the Gospel), Four Visions @ Public Assembly

Tonight is the first of a pair of Dead Can Dance shows at the Beacon.

Empire Records is screening for free along with performances from Life Size Maps and La Big Vic at McCarren Park. Sadly, it is the last Sumerscreen of the season. Where did the summer go?

Zs celebrate their tenth anniversary with a show at 285 Kent tonight. Congrats guys.

Big Freedia cancelled her appearance aboard the Rocks Off Cruise scheduled for tonight.

Baroness are no longer on board for tonight's House of Vans show, but you can still catch Turbonegro, Doomriders and Night Birds.

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Yeasayer made a video for "Longevity," off their new album, Fragrant World. Check it out below. Their tour brings them to NYC for a show at Central Park Summerstage next month (9/12).

Screaming Females made a video for their song "It All Means Nothing" in which Marissa Paternoster's shredding skills expand to human flesh. Zombies! Watch it below.

Speaking of Screaming Females, you can see big prints of them in action and other artists at the BV photo exhibit "480 Pixels" which is currently on display at 92YTribeca through September 6. Gallery hours today are till 3 PM.

What else?

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