This past week I had the pleasure of seeing my favorite Balkan-inspired indie rock band Beirut perform at the Music Hall of Williamsburg (thanks M.A. for the ticket!). I attended with two friends from college, one of whom came all the way from B’more for the concert. We arrived several hours early, so we had choice standing spots directly in front of the stage.
An incredibly talented musician named Merril Garbus, who performs under the name Tune Yards, opened the show. She sang, played the ukulele, and made interesting noises and even more interesting facial expressions. She was also sweet and seemed honored to be opening for Beirut. After Tune Yards, the band Inlet played, which my friend aptly described as “Sufjan Stevens on codeine.” Their music was pleasant, but they seemed spaced out and not particularly enthused to be there.
Beirut went on at 11:06 (my friends made a bet) and Zach Condon and Co. did not disappoint. They played a good mix of old and new music (although no Carousels:() and performed not one, but two encores! I am happy to report that Zack also seemed nice. He apologized to the audience when the band ran out of rehearsed songs from the set list and then scattered it over the crowd. A more extensive review of the concert can be found here.
My favorite Beirut songs:
* Elephant Gun
* Mount Wroclai (Idle Days)
* Scenic World
* The Long Island Sound
* My Family’s Role in the Revolution
* Knives and Forks (La Fête)
* My Night with the Prostitute from Marseille
* A Sunday Smile
* Guyamas Sonora
* Santa Fe
* A Candle’s Fire