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Kinematik (LB)

Transgressive instrumental rock.
In Kinematik, each member is a module in a machine. “True creativity comes from restricting yourself,” explains the quartet. It’s an approach to composition that drives almost all hypnotic […] More >

Beirut & Beyond

The Middle East’s music festival
A blast wave of creativity arose in the aftermath of the Arab Spring, similar to how a thousand pink cherry blossoms tend to pop up overnight. However, the nations […] More >

Bei Ru (US/AM)

Nostalgic beatmaking
Baruir Panossian follows the legacy of sampling masters DJ Shadow and The Avalanches. Like these two, the 36-year-old beatmaker engages in a playful recycling of music and movie clips […] More >

Mashrou’ Leila (LB)

Sons of the night
We feel a bit guilty. When the Lebanese indiepop band Mashrou’ Leila performed in front of Arab-Americans from all over Los Angeles this winter, they admitted to Good Magazine […] More >

Hello Psychaleppo! (SY)

- Beirut & Beyond
Where do you head to when your entire homeland is on fire, and the light at the end of the tunnel gets weaker with each passing day? Like many […] More >

Alif Ensemble (LB/PS/EG/IQ)

- Beirut & Beyond!
Alif Ensemble is a very fortunate result of inventive young artists meeting up, exchanging ideas and founded a pan-Arab musical collective. The five members hail from Syria, Lebanon, Egypt, […] More >