Beirut + Ratking + Malang Jobarteh

  • Music
  • Indie rock
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Photograph: Kristianna Smith
Northside Festival. Local style-sampling outfit Beirut plays a rare hometown show—its first since June 2013. Band chief Zach Condon, a multitasker who performs vocals, trumpet and ukulele, mines sounds from foreign lands, giving color to his Morrissey-like vocals and Magnetic Fields–like songs. Ratking—a buzzy Harlem hip-hop outfit that layers wonky rhymes over spacey, jolting beats—and kora player Malang Jobarteh open.
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