Last week it was announced via email that notable indie band Beirut was going to play the Independent in San Francisco. I was at their first SF show at the Great American Music Hall five years ago, but I had avoided seeing them as of late because of the size of the venues they had become accustomed to playing (like the Fox Theatre the previous night - good for them, by the way). I managed to score a pair of tickets, plus I got there early enough to be front row. Here are my photos.
Laetitia Sadier (of Stereolab) opened... sadly, many people talked during her set, earning a rebuke from the Frenchwoman as well as Kelly Pratt from Beirut.
The setlist doesn't show their extended encore of 3 extra songs.
Zach Condon, the heart of the band
Zach and Kelly
While there was a ukelele and a bass guitar, there were no six strings in the house.
Perrin was definitely into it.
Fantastic set. Extremely glad I went - hopefully they play smaller venues more often in the future.