Yes yes yes: Beirut

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The mythol­ogy around band­leader and lead singer Zach Con­don’s world trav­els is al­most as much a part of Beirut’s story as its mu­sic — eclec­tic world-beat-in­die-Ro­many-klezmer-in­flu­enced de­pres­sion pop with a horn sec­tion. The band makes its home in Brook­lyn and has played the cir­cuit of late-night shows, but Santa Feans know a home­town boy from an av­er­age East Coast hipster: Con­don (left) fa­mously dropped out of Santa Fe High way back when and sought his for­tune over­seas, but not be­fore col­lect­ing a few band mates from the old Col­lege of Santa Fe con­tem­po­rary mu­sic pro­gram — drum­mer Nick Pe­tree and bassist Paul Collins — who are still with him and with whom he wrote and recorded Beirut’s new al­bum, No No No, in a freez­ing Brook­lyn stu­dio. The new sound is like the old sound, but more ma­ture and with a lit­tle bit of a jazzy lounge feel to it. Beirut plays a free con­cert down­town on the Plaza on Sun­day, Oct. 4, at 5:30 p.m. For in­for­ma­tion, visit www.am­p­con­certs.org. — Jen­nifer Levin

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