Eclectic treats in Lex: Beirut, Passion Pit

Excluding the arrival of Taylor Swift and legendary Styx from the upcoming local music lineup, Lexington does in fact have some other exciting prospects coming to town.

There are two shows that I’m particularly excited about. Beirut will be playing at the Kentucky Theater Nov. 9, and there will be a Passion Pit disc jockey set Nov. 11 located at 1211 Manchester St. — an old warehouse down the road from Buster’s Billiards & Backroom.

If you haven’t listened to Beirut, the band hones an eclectic sound.

With the incorporation of a plethora of instruments such as the accordion, keyboard, guitar, mandolin, ukulele, drums, cello, violin, tambourine, glockenspiel, baritone sax, trumpet, flugelhorn and euphonium, Beirut creates a genre all on its own.

Wikipedia can describe it to you as “Eastern European and Balkan folk with Western pop music, fusing the American mainstream and indie-rock culture and the World Music market.”

A description so vague deserves a medal, so perhaps it would be easier for you to have a listen.

Beirut’s first music video, which held a place in Pitchfork’s top 50 music videos of 2007, was made for the song “Elephant Gun.” Taking a gander at this will more easily show you the multicultural influences that motivate the band. Also, have a listen to its most recent album, “The Rip Tide,” to be more up-to-date.

Tickets for the show are on sale now at CD Central for $27.50.

As for the Passion Pit DJ set, you may have already seen the posters at various locations across campus.

Needless to say, this electro-pop group doesn’t need too much of an introductory description, but maybe the set list does.

At first glance I was overwhelmed with joy, yet I knew that it was too good to be true, especially upon noticing that the words “DJ Set” came as a footnote to the headline.

On that notion I decided to investigate. Who exactly was going to be playing?

“We believe that it’s going to be more than one (Passion Pit) band member, but we won’t swear to it,” said a CD Central worker during a brief phone call.

Well that’s good news; at least it’s not someone pretending to be Passion Pit.

No matter what, I think it will be a good show to go to especially if you want to get your groove on. The DJ set itself probably won’t include Passion Pit’s main songs like “Sleepyhead” or “Little Secrets” in their entirety, but perhaps some new mixes with samples from those songs will be incorporated.

Special guests Brocktologist, DJ Warren Peace and Kymbo Slice will also be playing at the show.

In advance, the tickets are $20 from CD Central or online from Ticketfly. If you want to wait until the night of the show, doors open at 9 p.m. and tickets will then be $25.

Both shows will probably yield a good time, and I encourage you to check at least one of them out. You probably won’t be able to see quality shows like these in Lexington before Christmas rolls around, and the only thing worth seeing then is Handel’s “Messiah” at the philharmonic.


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