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Omar Souleyman, Sun Angle, Stay Calm, Copy

When: Thu., Sept. 6, 8 p.m. 2012

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Omar Souleyman's homeland of Syria is currently embroiled in a horrifying civil war, but to see him—with the unfazed cool of the congenital badass, wearing a hatta and aviators—you'd think he could stop it all with a dismissive flick of the wrist. But that's not why you should see him. You should see him because his beats are off the hook, and because he sings in Arabic and Kurdish in a grizzled, no-nonsense style that belies his status as Syria's favorite wedding singer. But don't write him off as a novelty act: He's a techno auteur who numbers Björk and Damon Albarn among his biggest fans. REBECCA WILSON

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