Beirut and Helado Negro at the Fox Theater

On the last Saturday of Noise Pop, the blissful tunes of Helado Negro and indie darlings Beirut permeated the Fox Theater in Oakland.

Roberto Carlos Lange creates dreamlike tunes as Helado Negro, blending Latin influences with pop. By way of Miami, the Ecuadorian-American has had a penchant for combining experimental electronics with various instrumentations since 2009.

There is a such a balmy lilt beneath beneath Lange's voice and works, and this trademark created a beautifully arranged live show of brass and strings. Though slightly stylistically removed from headliner Beirut, the billing made sense as a tableau of world sounds, with Lange's bilingual songs acting as the liaison between worlds.

Taking the stage for a sold-out crowd, Beirut proved why they have become a household name in indie.

Formed 13 years ago by Zach Condon, the brassy, Balkan-soaked music of Beirut has captured the hearts of many since the release of Gulag Orkestar. Strategically placed on the large stage, the six-piece band seemed to inhabit their own musical terrain. Throughout their horn-heavy set, the band played ardently in unison with Condon's distinct voice. This is a band that thrives in its live performances, and the propulsive, evocative tunes of Condon and crew were captivating.

Though their sound has not evolved much since their debut, the nostalgia of indie in the aughts is an asset in their case, not a fault.

Beirut closed out their encore with a rousing rendition of "The Gulag Orkestrar," a fitting moment for a band that has capitalized on their laurels all these years.

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