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Yasmine Hamdan At Beirut’s Metropolis

May 28, 2014

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Yesterday there was a special screening of Jim Jarmusch’s “Only Lovers Left Alive” at the Metropolis Art-Cinema. Lebanese singer-songwriter Yasmine Hamdan was holding court, giving interviews and signing copies of her new album, Ya Nass, which features music on it from the movie. She gives an electric performance at nearly the end of the film.

Hamdan is well-known not only throughout the Middle East but the world, and got her start with the electronic indie band Soapkills.

What was cool besides her being there and the movie itself, was the fact that an evening film served up with free wine and ice cream was only 8,000 LL (roughly $5.30). When everything seems to cost so much in this city nowadays, it’s important to remember how many cheap and free things there are to do nearly every night in Beirut.

Only Lovers Left Alive was fantastic (Tilda Swinton is brilliant), a must-see for any music enthusiast, featuring some serious guitar porn and a great soundtrack. Hamdan, as well as her previous work with Soapkills, is a must-listen as well.

You can check some of Hamdan’s music out on her soundcloud here, and on my favorite place to see/listen to musicians, her first Tiny Desk Concert. Beautiful!

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