From YouTube to Live Jams: The Rising Stars of Loopstache

Loopstache – if you’ve been around Beirut these past couple of months, it’s pretty hard not to have at least heard of them. They’re everywhere, and it seems as though everyone is talking about...

 

Walkabout Drum Circle: A Journey Into the Distant Past

On a warm summer night in the pine-covered hills of Ain Saade, amid the chatter of crickets and frogs come to life under the moonlight, a hypnotic, almost shamanic collection of beats reverberates...

 

Five Beirut Bands You Probably Don't Know (But Should)

At this point, I think we’ve all established that Lebanon’s music scene is crazy good, and I mean crazy good. There is so much talent coming out of Beirut, and the music being produced rivals that...

 

Ten Songs To Listen To Before The Weeknd Arrives

(Image via DreamR Magazine) Pier 7 is really picking up their game this year as they bring in some pretty huge acts from across the globe. On Wednesday, June 4 they'll bring in Abel Tesfaye,...

 

Like a Waking Dream: ETYEN's "Happy New Year" EP

It is an undeniable fact that the electronic music scene in Lebanon is pretty huge, just scroll through your event invites on Facebook on any given night and you’ll get the picture. Yet, despite...

 

Adonis Releases New Song, "Bent el Hawa"

Adored Arabic pop-folk band Adonis released a new song Wednesday called, “Bent el Hawa.” The song is Adonis’s reinterpretation of “L’accordeoniste” by Edith Piaf, originally composed by...

 

Acoustic Bliss and Folk Revival: An Interview with Two Wooden Stones

Those who were lucky enough to catch Two Wooden Stones at their intimate Beirut gig last October can attest to their musical genius, and those who didn't, fret no more, they’re back. They’ll be...

 

An Artist for the Ages: Pop Philosoper and Cultural Nomad Thomas Azier

If you haven’t heard of Thomas Azier yet, I suggest you pause whatever you’re doing, get on YouTube, and check out Rukeli's Last Dance. Then thoroughly enjoy the next three minutes and 34 seconds ...

 

Artist Profile: Bass Breche and the Politics of Telling Stories

(Photo via Instagram.com) “A story can change a person’s life. Artists should be aware of that. Stories cross borders. They’re like acupuncture -- cultural acupuncture, with the story as...

 

Taking on These "Twisted Times," Pindoll Releases Debut Album

“We don’t make music, it makes us. That’s just the way it is,” explains guitarist Miran Gurunian. Perhaps what makes Pindoll’s new album, Twisted Times, so prodigious is the genuine autonomy...