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Watch Watch Kishi Bashi Cover Beirut

February 19, 2013 – Known for his live looping, Kishi Bashi hires a string quartet to cover one of his favorite songs.

Mexican American artist Lila Downs

Listen Guest DJ Lila Downs: The Music That Makes Her Fierce

February 29, 2012 – The Mexican American singer shares music that changed her life, from Miles Davis to Orishas.


"Abducted," by Cults, tops the list of Bob Boilen's favorite songs of 2011.

Read Bob Boilen's Favorite Songs Of The Year

December 28, 2011 – Listen to Bob Boilen's favorite songs of the year, from Cults to Caveman and Milagres to M83.

Sufjan Stevens performing at the bandshell at Celebrate Brooklyn in Prospect Park on August 3, 2011.

Watch Bob Boilen's Favorite Live Shows of 2011

December 27, 2011 – Bob Boilen salutes his 15 favorite live concerts. What were your most memorable shows this year?

Justin Vernon, a.k.a. Bon Iver.

Read Listeners Pick Their Favorite Albums Of 2011

December 14, 2011 – Though spring releases mostly held their ground, a few dark horses swooped into top slots.


Beirut's Zach Condon at the 9:30 Club in Washington, D.C.

Listen Beirut In Concert

December 14, 2011 – Listen to the band's performance at Washington, D.C.'s 9:30 Club.


Read 50 Favorites Of 2011: A-B

December 5, 2011 – The list of our 50 favorite albums of the year includes Adele and more artists from A to B.

Beirut's third album, The Rip Tide, is out now.

Read Beirut On World Cafe WXPN

November 7, 2011 – Zach Condon's group showcases its sweet melancholy on the heels of Beirut's new album The Rip Tide. WXPN



Listen Beirut: Soaking Up The Sound Of Home WFUV

October 4, 2011 – The world-traveling band ditches the passport in favor of looking homeward for musical influences. WFUV


Beirut performs a Tiny Desk Concert at the NPR Music offices on Mon., June 13, 2011.

Watch Beirut: Tiny Desk Concert

September 21, 2011 – Beirut performs worldly, inspired songs from its new album The Rip Tide at the NPR Music offices.


Beirut's latest album is The Rip Tide. Zach Condon, the band's leader, says the title was inspired by a brush with a life-threatening ocean wave.

Read Beirut: A Jet-Setter Settles Down

September 10, 2011 – Though wanderlust is the backbone of his band's music, Zach Condon says constant travel has a price.


Beirut's new album, The Rip Tide, comes out August 30.

Read First Listen: Beirut, 'The Rip Tide' WXPN

August 7, 2011 – Zach Condon's baroque instrumentation has a new focus and restraint on Beirut's latest. WXPN

Jon Natchez, in a KEXP studio with his band Yellow Ostrich, in March.

Watch Meet Indie Rock's Most Valuable Sideman

June 16, 2011 – Jon Natchez discusses playing behind Beirut, The Antlers, Okkervil River and dozens of other bands.

Listen Brooklyn Brass, A Malian Masterpiece, Cabaret Pop, More

January 26, 2009 – From All Songs Considered: David Byrne, AC Newman, Beirut, Rokia Traore, and more.


Listen Beirut Mixes Exhaustion and Inspiration KEXP

January 3, 2008 – Hear the band, which blends Western and Eastern European styles, in an in-studio performance. KEXP


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