Oct. 1, 2011
Better than: An all-inclusive Eastern European vacation (not really)
Supporting its critically acclaimed third album, Beirut took its Eastern European-influenced pop to downtown Oakland's Fox Theater on Saturday. Beirut is perfectly suited to the Fox's visual mishmash of cultures: a Roaring 20s venue with an Indian interior housing a crowd of 21st Century hipsters. As the band played their mournful marches and dirges, many of which appeared on August's The Rip Tide, Beirut affected Old World airs with its roots in Balkan pop.