Next Two week’s calendar by Venue, followed by chronological order…
3/29 The Long Blondes at Le Trabendo (get tickets now; will probably be the third show of the night to sell out!); Another great act on this cursed night that pits Air against Andrew Bird and the Long Blondes in our fine musically thriving city. But the LB’s are a formidable competitor for your attention on this night. Hailing from
Café de la Danse
3/30 Bright Eyes
Bright Eyes is the backing band for Conor Oberst, the 27-year-old, multi-instrumentalist, indie-folk boy wonder from
4/1 The Shins at Elysee Montmartre (Actually Both le Trabendo and Elysee Montmartre claim to be hosting the Shins April 1; one of them is surely an April Fool’s gag, but which?). The Shins are a highly critically acclaimed indie jangle pop band from
3/31, 4/1 The Naast (FR) These wunderkinder play some great Hammond Organ-driven nostalgic 60s rock. If you like that ye-ye thing and Gidget beach party films, your retro dance dreams have been answered. See you in your mop top and Beatles boots, Austin Powers.
3/28 FUJIYA & MIYAGI (Tirk Records / UK): These guys were on many critics' "Best Of 2006," and you've probably heard their hit "Collarbone" (if you haven't, check it on their myspace page). Catchy, electronic, but also in to adding real guitars, F&M cull from a range of influences including Kraut rock's (Canned and Kraftwerk) love of slow drawn out vocals and repetitive sounds, but also the electro-guitar arrangements of bands like the Talking Heads and Brian Eno, and the sweet melodic synth dancebeats and vocals of 80s bands like OMD. Strangely, this show is only 5 euros. Can't beat that drum any harder!
3/29 Andrew Bird--Full: Chicagoan Andrew Bird is a classically trained violinist, who can pluck it, strum it, and bow it in ways that boggle the mind. He has matured greatly as a songwriter/composer over the years and can move effortlessly between a kind of Squirrel Nut Zippers swing in “Candy Shop” (1999) to an Eastern-tinged extremely fresh soft-loud driver like “Fake Palindromes” (2006). This little fiddler has incredible range and imagination. And that’s why it’s “complet.” Someone’s always trying to get rid of a ticket on Les Inrocks list though (if you speak French).
4/3 19h Babylon Circus Experience: “Circus Experience” is a good way to put it. Their music makes ample rollicking use of brass and woodwinds to produce some sort of circus-gypsy hybrid.
3/27 LCD Soundsystem. For my recent blurb about them which situates them historically via Rick James and MC Hammer, click here.
La Fleche D’Or
3/23 The Fatels (
4/2: Ill Ease is one Elizabeth Sharp, an extremely talented young composer-rocker-artiste from
3/26 Trans Am
(Thrill Jockey). This band was hailed in the 90s as an exemplar of that slippery non-genre called “post-rock.” They playfully quoted classic rock and 70s Krautrock-electronica. Their postmodern irony has not won over all critics, however, some of whom see their more earnest compositions as extremely praiseworthy while the rest of their efforts across eight album since 1995 are demeaned as “silly.” Geniuses or tired hacks? You be the judge of this band that clearly draws a very “in” crowd.
3/21 Arlt (Sing Sing and Eloise): Free Concert.
In Chronological Order… *=jayson’s best picks
March 21 Arlt at Guingette Pirate for free
March 22 The Patriotic Sunday at Le Divan Du Monde
March 23 The Fatels at La Fleche
March 25 Avril Lavigne at Elysee Montmartre: LOL
*March 26 I'm from
“ “ “ “ “ “: Trans Am at Point Ephemere
March 27 LCD Soundsystem at Le Bataclan
March 28 FUJIYA & MIYAGI at Le Triptyque
March 29 Air at La Cigale (sold out; go to les inrocks site and make a post for a ticket if you like)
March 29 The Long Blondes at Le Trabendo (get tickets now; will probably be the third show of the night to sell out!)
*March 29 Andrew Bird at La Maroquinerie (sold out)
*March 30 Bright Eyes at Café de la Danse
March 31/April 1 The Naast at Le Nouveau Casino
*April 1 The Shins at Elysee Montmartre
*April 16 Peter, Bjorn and John at le Trabendo
*“”””””””: Joanna Newsom at La Cigale