Beirut @ Pioneer Courthouse Square
Beirut was created by Zach Condon, a high school drop out from New Mexico, who traveled around Europe at the age of 17 and subsequently became inspired to make music. Condon produced his first album, Gulag Orkestar, in his bedroom while a student at the University of New Mexico in 2005.
The "Lon Gisland" EP followed shortly thereafter, along with "The Flying Club Cup" album (2007). Beirut's latest album is "The Rip Tide" (2011) and it's super chill and contemplative. By the way, Beirut isn't a one-man show. Condon employs the help of five other band members who play the accordian, cello, drums, bass, french horn, trumpet, glockenspiel, trombone and tuba. Condon plays the trumpet, flugelhorn and ukelele. :D The track below is #7 on Condon's latest album, "Rip Tide."
Fort Lean @ Branx
Fort Lean's latest production is a two track album entitled "Sunsick" from February 2012. The first track is called "Sunsick" and the second track is titled "The Precinct." You can listen to the first track below. I really dig it and I can't wait to hear more on Friday! For downloads and more info, click here.
Future Islands @ Branx
What...a....f*cking...idiot...I....am. Haha. Still regretting it. Eternally raw.
So, I feel like this is kind of my chance to redeem myself. Future Islands (Sam Herring, Gerrit Welmers and William Cashion) is the same sort of flavor as Interpol. Dark, intense, dreary, introspective and, therefore, magically delicious. I'm really digging the song called "Balance." It's Track 8 on the latest album, "On The Water" (2011).
From what I understand, the lead singer, Sam Herring, is quite a live performer. So, I can't wait to end my Friday night at Branx with this band. I'll leave you with another favorite song of mine. It's Track 1 from the On The Water album. Enjoy!