Peter Bjorn and John, La Maroquinerie Jan. 13
Les Inrocks, La Maroquinerie Jan. 19, see below; excellent lineup
Pet with Metro Riots, La Fleche D'Or, Jan. 18
Guns of Brixton, Noveau Casino, Jan. 18
La Fleche D'Or (20me) (No Cover!) Equally exciting offerings. (by BILL)
Jan. 17 Syd Matters (Fr); anglophone Frenchmen. With a folky electronic sound that has potential, their lyrics holds its own among the great indie poets. A must to check out.// H-Burns (Fr); If you like Woodie Gutherie or M. Ward, classic, dust-ballad, style of American folk, this is definitely your man.// Fugu (Fr); total 70s rock kickback: Steely Dan, Paul McCartney etc. Cocosuma (Fr); psychedelic rock. Very interesting cover of Nirvana’s “The Man who sold the World.”
Jan. 22 Yann Perreau (Fr); pop.// Clement Metapop (Fr); sounds like “M”.// MIRO (Fr)// Paco Volume (Fr); if you just never got what pop French rock was all about, this band does it in English. Fun music.
Jan. 24 Syd Matters (Fr)// Tahiti Boy & the Palmtree Family (Fr); weepy folk tunes. Very Wes Anderson style.// New Pretoria (Fr); Folk rock, country.// Fruitkey (Fr); late 60s sound, bluesy/rockabilly.
Jan. 26 The Sokos (Fr); old-fashioned country rock sung with a French accent.// Absynthe Minded (Bel); rock.// Early Day Miners (
Jan. 11 Generic; Mondragon;Warum Joe; Justine.
Jan. 12 Le Nombre; The Vegas (FR) Stooges and Surf;Green Lizard (
Jan. 13*Peter Bjorn and John (
Jan. 15 Eiffel (sold out) Whatever...
Jan. 16 Dum Dum, not sure what this one really is. The Maroq. site says "Slam, jazz urbain & polar." Your guess is as good as mine.
Jan. 17 Lo Cor de la Plana (FR): a choir of men, but more innovative than the Mormon Tabernacle Choir.
Jan. 18 Hot, Hot, Hot picks! Ouch! Les Inrocks Indie Rock Soiree. The Automatic (UK), Myspace site says Blur, Queen, Radiohead, but to me they seem to be yet another contemporary Brit band that's discovered Gang of Four, Buzzcocks, and the Undertones, as well as Blur--catchy; THE SUNSHINE UNDERGROUND, (Leeds, UK) recognizable limey pop vocals meet grungy guitars--also catchy ; + The Clerks (Manchester), Joy Division, Sonic Youth, the Cure haunt their nevertheless musically upbeat tempos. A very good lineup. See you there!
Jan. 19 Duke Special (
Jan. 22 Sandi Thom (full); too bad, this indie folk is pretty cool.
Jan. 23 I'm from
Jan. 24 Alamo Race Track (Amsterdam); This Fargo Records act mixes it up a bit, but there's something interestingly "oldies station" meets a lighter Sleater Kinney; the vocals are sweet and echoing; the spritely guitars sometimes sound as though you're watching an episode of "Josey and the Pussycats" in the 70s on Saturday morning cartoons. But then there's something just slightly dissonant about them, like an injection of Forward Russia! If you like hybridity, especially coming from late 60s airy pop, check it out.
Jan. 13: DEICIDE, VISCERAL BLEEDING / PSYCROPTIC (pop rock, they say)
Jan. 18: GUNS OF BRIXTON,KIM NOVAK / TONTON
Jan. 24: Brand New (NYC)19h30
Jan. 25: Le Mur, ZEA / BLACK SIFICHI / MUTE. Pop/punk meets electronica experimentation.
Feb. 5: OK GO: These Chicago pop stars rose to prominence first doing soundtracks to NPR shows out of Chicago. Then they produced some of the cleverest videos known to humankind. Should be a fun night.
Point Ephemere (19me)
Sadly, no indie rock scheduled for January thus far.