The biggest sign that Beirut is the next big thing in indie rock? When you Google "Beirut," the band's name trumps the Lebanese city and the drinking game of the same name. The Albuquerque, NM, band is the baby of frontman whiz kid Zach Condon, whose enchanting music tends more toward Eastern Europe than Southwestern United States.
Beirut released an EP in January called Lon Gisland and is working on a new album due later this year. Condon is also one of the more buzzed-about personalities set to play tonight at the SXSW Music Festival, and I have to admit, I'm really liking what I've heard so far. To listen to "Scenic World," which appears on the Lon Gisland EP, read more