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Monday, March 03, 2008

March: Bar L'Orange Mecanique, The Cure, The Do, American Music Club, The Wombats

Los Campesinos
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.

Carolina Chocolate Drops (African-American bluegrass/folk) (US/Music Maker Relief Foundation)
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 porches 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

The Cure
Wed, 12 March

Hot Chip ()
Monday, March 17

Moriarty (Indie/Folk) (US, France, Germany, Italy..../ Naïve / Deschamps & Makeïeff)
Tues, March 18,
11am, free, Radio Live Le Fou du Roi
Fri, March 21,
8pm, 22 euros, La Cigale (SOLD OUT)
This pan-european indie folk group sounds like they were magically transported from the 1920s American South, with the soulful, melancholic, charmingly twangy voice of frontswoman Rosemary Moriarty backed by folksy, bluesy acoustic strings, harmonica, and swingin’ drums. Their subtly political lyrics remain true to both the progressive parts of the folk and indie movements. Sadly, they’re already sold out at La Cigale! Try to catch them March 18 on the Radio Live show Le Fou du Roi – show up at 10am for first-come, first-serve seats to the 11am show. --HC and JH

AMERICAN MUSIC CLUB: 18 March, Divan du Monde

Les Inrocks: THE TEENAGERS + Racine + Mai
Thursday, March 20
La Maroquinerie

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), Tom Waits, Peter Buck (R.E.M.) and Patti Smith. 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 "Shrek" and "American Beauty." --HC

The Shout Out Louds
1 April
La Fleche d'Or

The Hoosiers
4 April
Élysée Montmartre

Early Warnings

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

Formerly "Parisnormale: Paris Rocks"