SXSW 2007: Beirut Beirut draws on a wide variety of old-world sounds. Performed without a single guitar, Beirut's sweeping music seems vaguely old-fashioned and Eastern European. Zach Condon is only 20, which has fed the considerable hype surrounding Beirut. Produced by KEXP.
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Beirut in Studio from SXSW - 03/16/2007

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SXSW 2007: Beirut

SXSW 2007: Beirut

Recorded Live on March 16, 2007, Produced by KEXP

Beirut in Studio from SXSW - 03/16/2007

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Set List

  • "Island Song"
  • "Carousels"
  • "After the Curtain"
  • "Moribund"
  • "My Family Role"
  • "Elephant Gun"
  • "Sunday Smile"
  • "Closing Song"
  • "Mount Vroclai"
  • "The Gulag Okestar"
  • "Brazil"
  • "Scenic World"
  • "The Canals of Our City"

The brainchild of New York-based singer-songwriter Zach Condon, Beirut draws on a wide variety of old-world sounds. Performed without a single guitar, Beirut's sweeping music seems vaguely old-fashioned and Eastern European. Condon is only 20, which has fed the considerable hype surrounding Beirut. His rugged, world-weary voice makes last year's Gulag Orkestar sound like the results of worldly — even otherworldly — music-industry veterans.

Seattle-based KEXP presents a diverse mix of music, live performances and podcasts from indie rock and punk to jazz and old school soul.

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