Five years ago, when Zach Condon rose quickly through the indie ranks, he was just 19 years old. A hugely talented multi-instrumentalist with a wonderfully rich voice, Condon used his gifts in service of an Eastern European sound that his band shared with a number of other bands. That Balkan flavor could feel like a gimmick at times, so it's for the best that recent efforts have seen Beirut applying those touches with a less heavy hand while making songwriting the priority. Condon's grown, but he's managed to keep the flourishes that made him unique. It's resulted in music that feels rustic and modern simultaneously—old-world charm delivered with young ambition. With Perfume Genius. 18+. (Photo by Kristianna Smith)
Fri., Dec. 2, 8 p.m., 2011
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