August 28, 2012 | Beirut at the House of Blues
by Miles Howard, Luke Milardo, and Hilary Milnes
| August 25, 2012
Front man Zach Condon may have named his indie-folk outfit Beirut, but the band actually draws on the sounds of many far-flung locales (Lebanon not included). Balkan folk rhythms drove Beirut’s 2006 debut, Gulag Orkestar; French chanteurs like Serge Gainsbourg influenced their follow-up, The Flying Club Cup, while a Mexican trip helped inspire their March of the Zapotec EP. The band’s latest album, 2011’s The Rip Tide, doesn’t have a clear geographic allegiance, but that didn’t dampen critics’ responses. Check out choice cuts like “Vagabond” and “Santa Fe” yourself when Beirut plays an 8 p.m. show at the House of Blues (15 Lansdowne Street, Boston, 888.693.2583). Grab tickets ($27.50–$40) at livenation.com.