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Little Beirut and Hello Morning 

When: Sat., Sept. 4, 9 p.m. 2010

Nearly every song on Fear of Heaven, the third album from Little Beirut, sounds to me like it should be on the radio. I don't mean that as a slight, either. Yes, there is plenty of garbage on the radio dial, to be sure, but Little Beirut—their moniker coming from Portland's nickname, coined by the staff of George Bush Sr. after he was greeted with protests on his visits to town—transcends the lowest-common-denominator dreck that makes up so much of rock radio. Their melodies sparkle and sheen with tightly composed arrangements, immaculate production, and consummate playing. "Nadia," in particular, is a perfect, triple-step pop song, and there's plenty more on Fear of Heaven—the kind of record that epitomizes the term "radio ready," if that phrase didn't imply so much rawk-block terror. So let's call it "listener ready," or perhaps say it's "great," and leave it at that. NED LANNAMANN

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