LOCATION: Hasbeens & Willbees. 11 Delaware Ave, Andes NY
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Recently playing such venues as Lincoln Center and the MOMA gardens, Habibi is heading upstate to for an intimate performance where they will play some new tracks for the first time.
Brooklyn-based indie quartet Habibi were formed in the spring of 2011 by Detroit expatriates Rahill Jamalifard and Lenny Lynch, tapping into their Motown roots of simple but infectious pop melodies delivered with punkish attitude, and a middle-eastern flair. Jamalifard took lead vocal duties and Lynch played guitar and sang back-ups, and the lineup was rounded out by drummer Karen Isabel and bassist Leah Beth Fishman. They released a self-titled debut album of their dreamy-eyed and dancey pop in 2013 before taking a hiatus to focus on other projects. In a year fraught with political turbulence and cultural unease, Habibi’s first EP in over four years; significantly, the first one recorded in Farsi, came at a crucial time. The four-track effort, 'Cardamom Garden' was quickly acclaimed by NPR, The New Yorker, and Pitchfork who praised its songs, "full of music that blends cultures, languages, and genres, with charming and intriguing results (...) shedding rigid definitions of what constitutes American music on the way to the band’s future."