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2018 marked the 10th anniversary of “The Ruptured Sessions”, a series of live performances set and conducted in the studios of Radio Lebanon, during Ziad Nawfal’s “Ruptures” radio show.
These sessions were (and still are) aimed at highlighting the best of what Lebanon has to offer, as far as local musical talent goes. The list is long and varied, and includes such artists as Nadine Khouri, Youmna Saba, Rayess Bek, Fareeq el Atrash, Mashrou’ Leila, Wanton Bishops, Who Killed Bruce Lee, Postcards, and many others.
To celebrate these live sessions’ 10 years of existence, we will be releasing this Christmas a set by Lebanese musician Salim Naffah aka Alko B, recorded on January 2nd, 2017. The session features tracks from Alko B’s first release, “Sex Tapes”, as well as a couple of new songs.
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You can stream the album and pre-order it below:
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A few weeks following the release of Lebanese indie band Interbellum‘s sophomore album Dead Pets, Old Griefs on Ruptured, here are some of the reviews that were written about this unique collection of songs:

x Read Lie In The Sound‘s review here

x Read I Can Guarantee‘s review here

x Read We All Want Someone To Shout For‘s review here

x Read Barrygruff Music Blog‘s review here

x Read Arab News‘s review here

x Read Scene Noise‘s review here

x Read Various Small Flames‘s review here

x Read The Revue‘s review here

x Read Indie For Bunnies‘s review here

x Read American Pancake‘s review here

x Read Mp3hugger‘s review here

x Read L’Orient Le Jour‘s review here

x Read GQ Middle East‘s review here

x Read We Love That‘s review here

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Arthur Teboul, lead singer with French rock quintet Feu! Chatterton, was the guest of “Ruptures” on Radio Liban 96.2 FM, for an interview revolving around the recording of the band’s first 2 albums, as well as their upcoming concert at Music Hall in Beirut.

Listen to the radio show:

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CALAMITA, the free-rock powerhouse trio of Lebanese musicians Sharif Sehnaoui and Tony Elieh (on electric guitar and bass respectively) and drummer Davide Zolli (from Italian psych rock outfit Squadra Omega) embarks on its first European tour this coming week!

The band’s self-titled first album was released by Ruptured in December 2017. Check it out on Bandcamp here.


TOUR DATES:

– Oct 22: Calamita @ Cox 18, Milano, Italy

– Oct 24: Calamita @ Magasin Général, Tarnac, France

– Oct 26: Calamita @ Atelier de l’Etoile, Besançon, France

– Oct 27: Calamita @ Les Lentilleres, Dijon, France

– Oct 28: Calamita @ Cave 12, Geneva, Switzerland

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Ruptured & Onomatopoeia The Music Hub present

MUNMA & SHARIF SEHNAOUI

Live at Onomatopoeia The Music Hub

Wednesday 10 October 2018, 8.30pm

Entrance 10,000 LL

Facebook event here

Interbellum – Dead Pets, Old Griefs
[CD Release by Ruptured, October 2018] 

Interbellum is the musical project of Lebanese singer-songwriter Karl Mattar. Formed in 2015, the project sees him working alongside multi-instrumentalist and producer Fadi Tabbal and other musicians from the Beirut music scene. Interbellum started as a lo-fi rock outfit and expanded into more left-field pop rock.

Dead Pets, Old Griefs (Ruptured, 2018) is the band’s second album and features 10 songs that revolve around themes of memory, time, childhood, and loss. Apocalyptic imagery – real, imagined and figurative – permeates the album, and the instrumentation follows suit, warping, distorting and folding on itself. The record plays like a broken music box, its kaleidoscopic melodic songs disjointed and smeared by noise, dissonance and processed sounds. Recorded in Tabbal’s Tunefork Studios, the album also features contributions by Marwan Tohme, Julia Sabra and Pascal Semerdjian from Postcards, as well as Camille Cabbabé from KŌZŌ.

Bandcamp: 
https://interbellum.bandcamp.com/

Cargo:
https://cargorecordsdirect.co.uk/products/interbellum-dead-pets-old-griefs

Apple Music: 
http://smarturl.it/DeadPetsOldGriefsApp 

Spotify:
http://smarturl.it/DeadPetsOldGriefsSpo 

Watch the video for lead track “INK”: 
http://projectrevolver.org/features/articles/video-premiere-interbellum-ink/

Read the GQ Middle East feature: 
https://www.gqmiddleeast.com/culture/five-middle-eastern-musicians-to-stream-right-now

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Ruptured and Zoukak Theatre Company present:

Interbellum Album Launch Concert
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Interbellum is the musical project of Lebanese singer-songwriter Karl Mattar, aka Charlie Rayne.
Formed in 2015, the project sees Mattar working alongside multi-instrumentalist and producer Fadi Tabbal and other musicians from the Beirut music scene.
Interbellum’s new album “Dead Pets, Old Griefs” will be released by Lebanese independent record label Ruptured on September 26th during a performance at Zoukak Studio. International and online distribution will follow on October 5th via Cargo Records UK.

https://www.interbellummusic.com/

Karl Mattar – vocals, guitar, synth
Julia Sabra – vocals, synths
Camille Cabbabé – bass, synth
Pascal Semerdjian – drums

// Wednesday 26 September, 9pm
// Tickets 15000 LL

Copies of the album will be available at the door
Facebook event here

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Monday 30 July 2018, Radio Lebanon 96.2FM (8-9pm)

– Heroes and Villains: Snake and feather (2018)
– Cosmic Analog Ensemble: S’aventurer (2018)
– Interbellum: Another day (2018)
– The New Year: Snow (2017)
– Kid Fourteen: Blood-thick silence (2018)
– Toni Geitani: Raboukom (2018)
– Aya Metwalli: Manyaka (2016)
– Nadah el-Shazly: Afqid ad dakhira (2017)
– El Rass & Munma: Return of the penguin (2015)
– Khoum: Sem (2017)
– Marc Codsi: Invocation 1 (to be released 2018)
– The Bunny Tylers: Hello your grace (2018)
– Oiseaux-Tempete & The Bunny Tylers: The little-known ending fading away (2018, excerpt)
– The Dwarfs Of East Agouza: Rats don’t eat synthesizers (2018, excerpt)

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Ruptured & Onomatopoeia The Music Hub present

MUNMA & JAD ATOUI

Live at Onomatopoeia The Music Hub

Thursday 02 August 2018, 8.30pm

Entrance 10,000 LL

Facebook event here

MusicMap’s ‘Soundscape’ series is a brilliant way to keep up with local music scenes and global trends. Every few weeks, the people behind this amazing platform visit a different country and ask someone familiar with the scene to serve up a mix of the finest local sounds…

“Following our recent trips to Peru, India and Mexico, this month we’re visiting Lebanon for our first Soundscape from the Middle East. Our guide this time is Beirut-based DJ, promoter and producer Ziad Nawfal, co-founder of ground-breaking independent label Ruptured and managing director of Irtijal, the country’s first experimental music festival. Ziad Nawfal has spent his career championing independent Lebanese music via his ‘Ruptures’ and ‘Decalages’ shows on Radio Lebanon, so we knew we were in for a treat with his Soundscape mix…”

Listen below:

“It turns out that it’s pretty difficult to summarise Beirut musically in an hour,” Ziad admits. “Especially for someone who’s been working amidst this scene for so long. I chose to include artists who are all currently active, with the one exception of Scrambled Eggs, the first band I worked with back in 2006. I also chose to focus on more experimental and leftfield forms of music, whether electronic, rock, or folk, and in the process many artists whom I’m fond of had to be cast aside. Heartfelt apologies to those. This is a very personal take on what Beirut represents for me, musically. Sometimes pretty, sometimes ugly, often difficult, always challenging. I hope you enjoy this mix!”

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Find out more about MusicMap here:
https://musicmap.global/

Ruptures had the pleasure of hosting US-born, Berlin-based musician Chad Methany aka Emperor X on Radio Liban 96.2 FM, for an interview and formidable live performance, ahead of his headlining show at Beirut Open Space.

Listen to the radio show:

[Live sound by Fadi Tabbal + photos by Karl Mattar]

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Ruptured had the privilege of hosting exceptional British musician Nadine Shah in Beirut, for two live events:
A radio session on Radio Liban 96.2 FM on Friday 11/05,
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A concert at Onomatopoeia The Music Hub on Saturday 12/05, featuring guests James Brown from British band Pulled Part by Horses and Lebanese singer-songwriter Youmna Saba

Listen to the radio show:

[Live sound by Fadi Tabbal]

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Saturday 23 March 2018, Radio Lebanon 96.2FM (8-9pm)

1. Tamer Abu Ghazaleh, Maryam Saleh & Maurice Louca: Nefsif akli (ps/eg)
2. Mutamassik: Waiting for my orders (us)
3. Aya Metwalli: Fein enta (eg)
4. Munma: Muse (lb)
5. omrr: Quicksands (eg)
6. Cosmic Analog Ensemble: Pourparlers + Les sourdes oreilles (lb)
7. Zeid Hamdan: Mekdass w Abel (lb)
8. Wake Island: Never entirely there (lb/ca)
9. Sufyvn: Dust (sd)
10. The Dwarfs of East Agouza: Rats don’t eat synthesizers (us/ca/eg)
11. Gökçen Kaynatan: Sihirbaz (tr)
12. KELAB (eg)
13. Mutamassik: Marvellous in training (us)

Listen to the show: 

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Ruptured & Beirut Open Space present

“THEY PROMISED US A BRIGHT FUTURE”

A Live Happening Featuring:

// GOOD LUCK IN DEATH //

(Mondkopf & Charbel Haber – Duo)

// FRÉDÉRIC D. OBERLAND​ //

(Oiseaux-Tempête – Solo)

// STÉPHANE PIGNEUL aka CONTRE CIEL //

(Oiseaux-Tempête – Solo)

// MONDKOPF //

(DJ set)

+ Release of Oiseaux-Tempête & The Bunny Tylers‘ Live CD on Ruptured

LIVE AT BEIRUT OPEN SPACE

WEDNESDAY 11 APRIL 2018, 8PM

TICKETS 25000LL

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Ruptured and Beirut Open Space present a unique double-bill of:

Two or The Dragon – التنّين
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– Abed Kobeissy: Buzuq, Electric guitar & Effects
– Ali Hout: Percussions & Effects
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TRES MILLONES DOLARES
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– Tony Elieh: Electric bass
– Ziad Moukarzel: Analogue synthesizers

// Live sound by Tunefork Studios
// Dj set by Ziad Nawfal

// Monday 12 February, 9pm
// Tickets 20000 LL

Facebook event here

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