Jangly, Jump-around-contagious pop punk
4 March, Tuesday, Nouveau Casino
Parisnormale's D-Jay Eclectique two dates in March: March 5 and March 17: (Jayson Harsin) at L'Orange Mecanique Bar (72 Rue Jean Pierre Timbaud), spinning Pearls and Oddities of 20th Century (and a few from the 21st) American, British, and French music, from Hoagie Carmichael to Of Montreal, Wanda Jackson to the Klaxons, Johnny Cash to the Clash, The Temptations to Asian Dub Foundation, Gil Scott Herron to Del the Funky Homo Sapien.
Others to expect:Prince, pixies, ramones, mc5, gangoffour, kraftwerk, devo, gene vincent, carl perkins, jerry lee lewis, bo diddley, chuck berry, little Richard, fats waller, clap your hands say yeah, cold war kids, the shins, velvet underground (VU), sex pistols, human league, gary numan, air, hives, art brut, modest mouse, yo la tengo, gbv, david bowie, blondie, deltron 3030, gainsbourg, gall, hardy, bardot, nouvelle vague and many, many more.
Cheap Drinks, good beats, hot freaks: D-Jay Eclectique at L'Orange Mecanique, 72 rue Jean Pierre Timbaud, Metro Parmentier, Couronnes, St. Maur, or Menilmontant.
Mon, March 10, 8:30pm, New Morning
Contrary to stereotypes, African-American music (traditionally and even today) is not just blues, motown, and hiphop. Did you know that the banjo is an instrument developed by African-American slaves? From the wooden back of North Carolina comes the old skool, pickin’ and pluckin’ African-American folk of the Carolina Chocolate Drops. (You might have heard them on the soundtrack for The Great Debaters.) Bring on the iced tea and two-steppin’.--HC and JH
Wed, 12 March
Hot Chip ()
Monday, March 17
Tues, March 18, 11am, free, Radio Live Le Fou du Roi
Fri, March 21, 8pm, 22 euros, La Cigale (SOLD OUT)
AMERICAN MUSIC CLUB: 18 March, Divan du Monde
Les Inrocks: THE TEENAGERS + Racine + Mai
Thursday, March 20
THE DO: 20 Mar
This franco-finnish indie duo (sometimes trio) with overtones of Cat Power is making waves in Paris, which are beginning to reverberate elsewhere. For a recent review and more info, click here.
Tuesday 25 March
Eels (Alternative/Acoustic) (LA, USA/Vagrant, Polydor)
Friday, March 25, 8pm, La Cigale, 32.90, Sold Out
Not your average, run-of-the-mill alternative rock, Eels' acoustic/classic (and sometimes bluesy) rock has a mellow beat, is sprinkled with electronica, and overflows with creativity. At times quirky and playful, other times moving, E delivers his outstanding works with a warm twangy warble. E has collaborated with a number of other greats, including John Sebastian (The Loving Spoonful), If from nowhere else, you surely know Eels, long-term project of the prolific Mark "E" Everett, from their appearances on the soundtracks to films and TV shows like " --HC" and " .", Peter Buck (R.E.M.) and Patti Smith.The Shout Out Louds
La Fleche d'Or
Phoebe Kildeer (of Nouvelle Vague): 26 March, Nouveau casino
The Figurines: 29 March, Nouveau Casino
Young Knives, 15 April, 7pm, Nouveau Casino, 19.80 euros
The Hives, 20 April, Le Zenith
Jimmy Cliff, 23 April, Bataclan
The Long Blonds 26 April, la maroquinerie
NICK CAVE & THE BAD SEEDS: 29 April, Casino de Paris
Portishead, 5 May, Le Zenith
Feist, 3 & 4 June, 8pm, Le Grand Rex, 35.20-39.60 euros