Beirut: Gallipoli

Truly an amalgamation of sound and style, “Gallipoli” announces Beirut’s return—and an album of the same name. With brass instruments that beg for a parade of celebratory footfall and percussion that creates nostalgia for something lost, the track (like much Beirut music) is bound to no time or place. Beirut’s Zach Condon wrote the entire song in one session, in rural Italy. It certainly stirs …

Premiere: “Auckland” by LANZ

A new song from the Beirut member comes with an Andrew Ondrejcak-directed video

Premiering here, “Auckland” is the lead single off of a forthcoming second LP from LANZ (aka Benjamin Lanz). A touring member of The National and Beirut, Lanz has a solo sound quite unlike the indie-stylings of those bands—yet anybody who’s a fan of them will certainly find something appealing here. Lanz blends a pop and dance vibe into the tune, as well as various blips …

Inventions for Future Humans at Beirut Design Week

As part of the “Speculative Needs XOXO” exhibition at Beirut Design Week, 150+ Lebanese design and architecture students have presented artistic creations that address future human needs springing up thanks to anti-social technological developments. While the concept seems heavy, the approaches taken by many of the young creatives are playful, colorful and clever. From goggles called “Face Brace” which aid users in re-learning how to …