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Saturday, April 26, 2008

May Day, May Day: Holy Shit!

Holy Mother of Jesus is this month stacked.

Hot Picks of the Month (and a youtube glance):
Jonathan Richman


Willie Nelson

Forward Russia!

Of Montreal (May 8 Pt. Ephemere)

Animal Collective


DJay Eclectique, of course (Parisnormale/ Indie dj JH)

The Fratellis

See below for details...

PORTISHEAD: Touring their new album, after an 11-year wait. Talk about foreplay! It's getting good reviews, and is all over the map genre-wise.
5-6 May, Zénith

Jonathan Richman (U.S.)
The man is an underground music legend, and some of his songs are college rock anthems. Witness “I was Dancing at A Lesbian Bar,” “Pablo Picasso (was never called an asshole),” and our locally beloved “Give Paris One More Chance.” A staple in the NYC proto-punk scene in 1970 with his band The Modern Lovers, he moved between quirky auteur rock and off-beat folk (but has been hailed “The Godfather of Punk,” His influence is obvious in those who have covered him, including the Sex Pistols, John Cale, and David Bowie. In 1998 he climbed out of the cult shadows for a showcase in the hit film Something About Mary. He pulls huge tour audiences whether he’s peddling a new album or not. His oddball charisma, in addition to his timeless jewels, always make a memorable show.
Wed May 7, Nouveau Casino, 23,10 euros

Come to L'Orange Mec after J. Richman for:
DJAY ECLECTIQUE:Parisnormale's/'s Djay
Wed May 7, 9pm-1h30am, free. L'Orange Mecanique , 72bis rue Jean-Pierre Timbaud,
11th. M°Parmentier.
For those who like dj-ing that showcases multiple genres, at once cutting edge and steeped in tradition, Gogoparis/Parisnormale Djay spins an eclectic mix of 20th and 21st century cross-genre oddities and gems from Hoagie Carmichael to Of Montreal, Joe Jackson to the Klaxons, Johnny Cash to the Clash, MC5 to The Hives, France Gall to the New York Dolls, Chuck Berry to Deltron 3030. Indie, Garage, Surf, Lounge, low-fi, electronica, punk, power pop, indie rap... Get there early.
Si vous aimez le mélange des genres, entre oldies et nouvelles vagues, J & C proposent un cocktail éclectique de curiosités et de bijoux des 20e et 21e siècles: de Hoagie Carmichael à Of Montreal, de Wanda Jackson aux Klaxons, de Johnny Cash aux Clash, de MC5 à The Hives, de France Gall aux New York Dolls. Indie, Garage, Surf, Lounge, low-fi, electronica, punk, power pop... Mieux vaut arriver tôt.
FRI 7 May, 9pm-1h30am, free.
L'Orange Mecanique, 72bis rue Jean-Pierre Timbaud,
11th. M°Parmentier.

Of Montreal
Of Montreal has mainly been the baby of talented Athens, GA native Kevin Barnes. Critics are mostly agreed that OM has been mostly fantastic. "Through the emotional turmoil, Barnes concocted what was to be his darkest, most personal and most ambitious album Hissing Fauna, Are You the Destroyer? in 2007." Dark lyrically, but hardly in tempo. Energetic, synth-ful Indie Pop at its best.
Thur 8 May, Point Ephemere

Dirty Projectors
Nu-Jazz weird pop. It's the rage. And of course they're from Brooklyn. If you want to keep your cutting edge razor sharp, better get your tickets for this one. Too bad about the overlap with Of Montreal.
Thur 8 May, Nouveau Casino

Black Acid
Psychedelic Garage Rock from NYC. Um umm good.
Fri 9 May, Nouveau Casino

These weenies started out as brilliantly mischievous punks in 1984 but evolved into what are arguably alternative rock’s most talented but rascally musicians. They embarked on a series of tongue-in-cheek cross-genre concept-albums, from prog rock to country and Philly soul, all the while improving their chops. They landed a major label deal with Elektra in ’92 (lasting ‘til 2001), but while singles like "Push th' Little Daisies" surprisingly broke the top-ten in Australia and albums like White Pepper hit 121 on Billboard’s albums, they have been far too witty and controversial for a mass audience. So they march onward, unstoppably. Are you worthy?
May 11, La Maroquinerie, 20euros

Broken Social Scene
This Toronto "baroque pop" collective (experimental indie, chamber-ish, vocal distortions, but usually melodic and measured, instead of dissonant and frenetic) formed in 1999 and are widely beloved by cutting edge music enthusiasts. At the center of the group are Brendan Canning and Kevin Drew, who like all the other members of the collective are part of other bands and solo projects. In 2006 they won the prestigious Canadian Juno music award for best alternative album of the year, for their eponymous album. These super-not-quite-superstars are well worth your sous.
Wed 14 May, 7h30pm ELYSEE-MONTMARTRE (tickets from FNAC)

INROCKS INDIE CLUB (Lightspeed Champion, Glasvegas, These New Puritans, Koko Van Napoo): 15 May, Maroquinerie

LIGHTSPEED CHAMPION: 15 May, Maroquinerie

The 75-year old is as much an American icon as James Dean, Marilyn Monroe, and fellow musician-singers Elvis, Bob Dylan, Johnny Cash or Bruce Springsteen. Not mainstream Nashville country at all. Not ‘Michael Row Your Boat Ashore’ folk by any means. But his peculiar plume and voice have made songs like ‘Blue Eyes Cryin' in the Rain’, ‘Angel Flying Too Close To the Ground’, and ‘Crazy’ timeless and precious. His advocacy of cannabis hasn’t hurt his popularity any, either. Willie's concerts, no matter how huge, seem to leave you feeling like you were invited over to his back patio for burgers and Lone Star brew. JH

Forward Russia!
This Ironic funk-punk Leeds quartet pogo-ed their way into millions of UK music-loving hearts just three years ago when debut single "Nine" sold out in a week (note playful communist numbering of songs forcing you to engage the distinguishing characteristics of the song instead of reducing it to its title). After similar success with their first album, their challenging follow up "Life Processes" was released last month. Unlike their first album, all its songs don't immediately send you to the pogo stick, but they are nevertheless well-crafted, often building patiently then exploding, your limbs tingling as singer Woodhall wails and whirls. Their last Paris concert was one of the most mesmerizingly energetic concerts I'd ever seen (review here
Sat, May 17, 8pm, Nouveau Casino
(sadly, this was just cancelled; watch for their return)

Willard Grant Conspiracy (L.A.) and Howe Gelb (Tucson)
Originally formed in 1995, WGC is a musical collective of over 30 revolving members, with founder and Cash-like vocalist Robert Fisher being the only permanent member. This concert will feature members of the Walkabouts and Green&Red. Sublimely Dark, ruminating, indie Americana ballads from WGC bring acoustic guitar arrangements together with horns, strings, keyboards, and tambourines. They're joined by the infinitely talented keyboard wizard (and polyinstrumentalist) Howe Gelb (of Giant Sand). Excellent lineup at the Nouveau Casino. For fans of Giant Sand, Lambchop, John Cale, and Sufjan Stevens.
May 19, 8pm Nouveau Casino, 22euros

Calling Popaholics. They're all the rage these days. I can't quite figure out why. But then again, I like Ween and Jonathan Richman.
Mon 19 May, Trabendo

Explosions in the Sky
Post-rock from Texas. Post-rock rebelled against early 90s guitar rock, re-privileging the strings, horns, and other orchestral accoutrements of lounge and 70s Bacharac-esque baroque arrangements--with no irony whatsoever. For lovers of, you know, Tortoise, Broken Social Scene, maybe Lambchop.
Tues 20 May, Elysee Montmartre

FESTIVAL SUPER! MON AMOUR (avec Animal Collective, Crystal Castles, El Guincho): 22-27 May, various venues

Crystal Castles
The Trabendo's having a good month with Vampire Weekend, this bunch, and Tunng. CC is an electro band's name if I've ever heard one. Not to be misled; these synth- and sample-loving Toronto duo get commissioned to sample for The Klaxons and Bloc Party. Too electro thrash pour moi, but for those with more liberal tastes, check it. Part of the great Super Mon Amour! festival.
Thur 22 May, Le Trabendo, 19h30, 23euros (fnac)

Animal Collective (NYC)
Almost impossible to classify, psych-folk or synth-pop, sometimes danceable, other times just ponderable, this New-York based group of musicians are nothing if not playfully experimental. Strange, strange, unpredictable sounds come out of their speakers. Is it African tribal dance, Woody Guthrie, and bubble gum pop meets electronica? I don't know, but it's sure as hell captivating.
24 May, Theatre de l’Alhambra

Often discussed as part of the folktronica movement that true to its name uses electronic stuff to complement traditional folk sounds/instruments, this UK band pushes the envelope still farther by incorporating "instruments" little known in Western indie circles: sea shells, for example. Their brand has not gone unnoticed, as their music was featured on the American teen TV drama the O.C. Who says musical styles are doomed to repeat? For those who'd like to see Animal Collective smoke more weed.
Tues 27 May, Le Trabendo

The Fratellis
Hot glam-injected pop-rock from Glasgow, though their sound can change from chamber harmonies to driving rock within the same song. Great citations of T-Rex (indeed, they do a fantastic cover of "Solid Gold Easy Action" from the Hot Fuzz soundtrack). Their debut album set the UK charts aflame, and their much awaited sophomore effort, Here We Stand, hits the UK next month. Strech your neck before the show, as the music is irresistibly head-bobble-able. Shame about the overlap with MGMT.
28 May, Point Ephemere

This Brooklyn psychadelic-tinged synth-rock group is getting huge. And why shouldn't they? Their January release, Oracular Spectacular, lives up to its title's pretensions. Produced by the venerable Dave Fridmann (Mercury Rev and Flaming Lips), the album boasts beaming keyboards and poppish off-beats that gained him entry to the pantheon of indie producers. And hear the critics purr. These guys have been writing witty songs, and producing great electroclash since their college days at Wesleyan, but this album is a landmark. A welcome end to a stellar musical month in Paris.
28 May, Cigale

Chan Marshall is a prima donna, but a sufferable one. Her odd voice, equal parts of grit and velvet, like a high-end high alcohol-content whiskey, gave us stellar albums like Moonpix, The Covers Record, and The Greatest; and songs like "Nude as the News," "Hate," and reprises like Uncle Tupelo's "Moonshiner." She recently came out with another impressive covers album, Jukebox in January. She was long the troubled artiste maudite, marked by the Vh1-worthy bouts with booze and drugs that brought her to what she called a "psychotic breakdown" in 2006. She claims to have taken the sober road these days. Still, some say her live performance is as Cat Powerful as ever.
1 June, Olympia

Festival Villette Sonique
An electro-pop festival at Parc de la Villette. Excellent line up. See full program by clicking here.

3-8 June, La Villette

DEVO (Festival Vilette Sonique):
The great anti-rock, electro-pop pioneers of the 80s are back. Synth-soaked hits like "Whip It" and "Girl U Want" put them at the spear's head for American New Wave sounds, while their critique of "classic rock" masculinity and its cultural context (see their 1978 debut Q:Are We Not Men? A: We are Devo) has been important to a whole generation of global post-punk artists and fans.
With Marvin (expensive, but could be once in a lifetime).
Tues 3 June, 8pm Grand Halle, Parc de la Villette

The Futureheads
While they're last album was not thoroughly dazzling, their cover of Kate Bush's "Hounds of Love" packed a surfeit of it. This is great post-punk power pop, reminiscent of The Only Ones.
5 June, Le Trabendo

Mission of Burma and Shellac
Yes, Belinda Carlisle, heaven really is a place on earth. This show brings one of (THE, according to many) the most influential post-punk bands in the world (Mission of Burma) together with one of the most influential experimental noisy guitar acts and legendary producers of the 90s (Shellac and Steve Albini).

The Boston band Mission of Burma no doubt influenced their showmates with their at the time new jagged guitars and rhythms in classics like "That's When I Reach for My Revolver" (as Hermann Goering used to say), "Max Ernst, and "Class War." They openly committed themselves to building additions onto the purposely basic punk edifice, with a kind of choppy guitar style reminiscent of Leeds post-punk trailblazers The Gang of Four but with more complicated time signatures, chord progressions, and overall noisiness (in some songs more than others, to be sure). Forming in 1979 and disbanding in 1983, MoB reunited in 2002 and toured to big American and European audiences with Bob Weston of Shellac on the mixing boards. Since then they've been lauded with critical praise and have produced two studio albums.

Seen as central to the "math rock" and "noise rock" movements of the 90s, which reacted against "straight up" punk-influenced guitar rock of the late 80s and early 90s, Shellac went for minimalist but loud crackling guitars, bass and drums, in odd time signatures, with repetitive measures lending themselves to head-banging or sharp body-lunging dancing in place, and heavily sarcastic lyrics often delivered in speak-sing (try "Squirrel Song" on myspace).
Sat 7 May, 8pm, Parc de la Villette, 25€ (FNAC or Parc dlV)

RADIOHEAD: 9-10 Jun, Bercy

MIKA: 4 July, Parc des Princes

BECK: 7 July, Olympia



Rock en Seine: August 28-29 (Boulogne): I'm not a big fan of the rock festivals these days, but some of you may be interested in some of the artists playing. See their link.

Tuesday, April 22, 2008

Gogol Bordello and the Hives Sizzle Paris

First Published at Blogcritics Magazine

Gogol Bordello and the Hives: an amphetamine freak’s dream bill. The two bands did indeed live up to the hype about their energy before a large crowd at Paris’s Zenith Sunday night. But the show left me pondering the incredible difference between live shows and recordings.

Gogol Bordello are special. Their slogan is cleverly diffusible near and far: Gypsy Punk Revolution. They serve a mesmerizing combination of spectacle and musical mayhem. The effect is an audience that looks as if they are at some crazy-ass Christian revival full of enraptured souls speaking in tongues. They have plenty of on stage exemplars. GB brought a couple of female dancers decked out in their best Halloween gypsy outfits, running in place so violently yet limberly as to raise their knees to their chins — at about 100/mph.

Sergey Ryabtsev adds a remarkably virtuosic punk violin, while Yury Lemeshev provides the accordion, and together they accomplish the palpable gypsy component of their sound.

But these traditional folk sounds and rhythms are accompanied by more typical punk guitar, drums, shredded acoustic guitar, and scruffy vocals from what looks like the Balkan Iggy Pop — Ukrainian-born-DJ-actor-gypsy punk icon, Eugene Hütz. GB are to traditional gypsy as the Pogues were to Irish folk. The gypsy sound is a natural for punkification, since it’s already often wild and fast in its roots (as many have already learned from the exports of Goran Bregovic). Add a wild, bare-chested, svelt but sinewy mustachioed front man, pouring wine on his shoulders and drinking from the bottle, and they make something unique and unforgettable.

There are more and more bands out there trying to mix gypsy sounds with punk and reggae (and the rap, dub, and metal doses injected into some GB songs), but they can’t match the creativity and unruliness of this bunch. I’ve been going to and writing about shows in Paris for four years now, and never before have I seen the local frogs leaping around as at the GB show. The sound is irresistible.

After GB, I was pretty sure I was going to have to write one of those concert reviews that claims the opening band blew the headliners away. But the Hives were worthy of their hype. The modish-looking lads strode out on the stage to a roaring applause, and thus began one of the most theatrical shows I’ve ever seen. I’m tempted to say 90% of their act is lead singer Howlin' Pelle Almqvists’ inter-songs banter and his intra-song aerobic set. His testosterone-injected cheerleader kicks and fancy footwork would give smooth Beck a run for his money. Guitarist Nicholaus Arson also does his share of crowd flirtation, jumping around and strumming his guitar hyperbolically. Vigilante Carlstroem and the comically named Dr. Matt Destruction add their steady but less flamboyant guitar riffs and bass. They seem older and quieter — the band's backbone — by comparison to the singer, other guitarist, and drummer.

While the charging Detroit garage rock tradition has long been marked by raucous exchanges with audiences (“Kick out the Jams, motherfuckers!” crowed the MC5), the Hives front man takes the narcissistic side of this genre to its extreme. “Nous sommes le meilleur!” (“We are the best!”) and "Je suis meilleur!" (I am the best) Almqvists declared on more than one occasion, in his affected Inspector Clouseau French. The swagger was sometimes a bit much for me. It’s sometimes difficult to know how much of it is part of the act and how much the singer’s craving adoration. It left me wanting the provocative antics of other spectacular garage punk leaders like Rick Sims of the Didjits, who provoked the audience lovingly to spitting contests with him. In that sense, the Hives were like Rick Sims PG-13. The Hives bring garage closer to pop than to punk.

Also typical of this genre is a fairly repetitive sound (which one can say of many genres such as reggae, punk, and rockabilly, to name a few). Most of their songs themselves seemed unmemorable to me, less about distinctive melodies, arrangements, and words, as about the frenetic guitar-glazed beat. I’m sure fans will tell me I’m just not listening closely enough if I think they all sound too much alike. Yet, there is a noticeable difference between smashes like “Hate to Say I Told You So,” “Tick, Tick, Boom” and the rest. They don’t all share that panache.

Despite the fact their music appeared somewhat repetitive and the banter was sometimes annoyingly megalomaniacal, I was in awe of their full throttle energy for well over an hour.

Both bands were touring fairly new albums, The Hives' just released The Black and White Album, and Gogol Bordello last fall's Super Taranta. But while their recordings are fun, they suffer in comparison to events like tonight. They are spectacular live, which can’t be bottled, even with the most state of the art recording gadgets. Tonight these two bands generated enough energy to power the City of Lights for a whole month. Raw Power? At least Medium Rare. Raw Fun? Definitely.--Jayson Harsin, April 20, 2008

Sunday, April 20, 2008

Paris concert Photos: The do, Calexico, 54 Nude Honeys, The Hives, Gogol Bordello, Arlt, Lords of Altamont, Gore Gore Girls

Created with Admarket's flickrSLiDR.

DJ Set list: April 18 L'Orange Mecanique

'Twas a cheerful though jam-packed eve for Parisnormale/ djay Friday night at L'Orange Mecanique. For those of you curious about what you heard if you were there (were you?)or what you missed if you were not, here is a sample:
Ramones--California Sun
The Ravonettes--Beat City
Elf Power--The Winter is coming
The Raincoats--Cruel to Be Kind
Tobias Froberg--When the Night Turns Cold
Velvet Underground--Who Loves the Sun
The Temptations--Ball of Confusion
The Pogues--Streams of Whiskey
The Fratellis--Solid Gold Easy Action
Young Folks--Peter, John and Bjorn (why should Bjorn always go second?)
Joy Division--Failures
Emily Loizeau--Comment Dire
Serge Gainsbourg and Brigitte Bardot--Harley Davidson
Cold War Kids--Hang Me
Cibbo Matto--Birthday Cake
MGMT--Time to Pretend
Hot Chip--Ready for the Floor
Rick James--Superfreak
Kraftwerk--The Model
Gary Numan--Cars
The Gap Band--You Dropped a Bomb on Me
Camera Obscura--Eighties FAn
Buck 65--Beatific
Deltron 3030--Virus
The Fall--Pacifying Joint
Devo--Girl You Want
The Clash--Bankrobber
Jimmy Cliff--The Harder They Come
The Smiths--Ask
Johnny Cash--Hurt
and more... Be there May 7 for an updated set (the next day is a holiday, so no excuses)

Venue Review: La Maroquinerie

From the vantage point of Pere Lachaise in the 20th, in the closing pages of Balzac’s delicious Pere Goriot, the hero Rastignac looks down into the mudpit of Paris, seething with moneylust threatening to devour the grand monuments and traditions of an overgrown bourg. Refusing to let it tame him, he vows to don his galoshes and wrestle it to submission.

True to its past, the 20th (along with the 18th and 19th, and a few holdouts in the 11th) is now the arrondissement that peers down on the rest of the city and resists its formidable pull toward disneyesque tourism and suffocating plutocracy, that basin below where many of the once wild jazz caves and cabarets are now full of plump track-suited Americans perusing their Lonely Planet’s and Let’s Go’s. It’s in the 20th/11th neighborhoods that one still finds a host of little no-name jazz and torch singer joints, squeezed into the communards’ corners around Gambetta, Pyrenees, Menilmontant and Alexandre Dumas. These are the same scruffy sidewalks where Edith Piaf was born on a policeman’s cape and commenced her warbling for a few paltry sous, and from whose hills Guy Debord tumbled down to beller from the bowels of The Spectacle . It is also where one finds the most thriving indie rock, pop, folk, electro clubs in the City of Lights: Le Nouveau Casino, La Fleche D’Or, La Feline, Le Studio de L’hermitage, the Bellevilloise—and La Maroquinerie.

The Maroquinerie, like the Nouveau Casino, hosts a range of mildly known indie acts signed to labels but not yet able to pack the masses into the venues upwards of the Zenith (an identity that is sometimes strained by the FNAC-ification of advance tickets for some of their shows). Indeed, some of their artists do outgrow their 500-client capacity and move on to play bigger venues, as the sensational Franco-Finnish duo the Do have done recently. Other groups that have or will soon grace their basement stage include a range of artists spanning genres from dub and funk to indie folk. However, the majority of their acts can be classified as indie or experimental rock. An incomplete list of local and international acts includes Thee Silver Mount Zion, Dub Incorporation, Black Lips, Gore Gore Girls, 65 Days of Static, The Long Blonds, The Bellrays, Flogging Molly, Tokyo Police Club, Band of Horses, and Buck 65.

The Maroquinerie is connected to a lively Cultural Center and offers an inexpensive bar-restaurant, boasting a charming terrace during the warmer months (try the copious assiette de charcuterie for about 11 euros). Like Rastignac it looks down on the city from the promontory of Menilmontant, a skip away from the Parc de Belleville, the art-squat La Miroiterie, Jim Morrison and Rastignac’s Pere Lachaise, and the charmingly orphaned Les Trois Arts bar, in all points of the vane. Next door to it is another fine bar-resto concert space, La Bellevilloise, and across the street on the corner of rue de Boyer and rue Menilmontant lies the happening little Café des Sports. Indeed, one could counsel a jolly musical bar crawl from one end of the little street to the other.

The Marock is frequently the host to an ongoing series of important national and local festivals, such as Les Femmes S’en Mêlent, Lo-fi Folk, and Les Inrocks. For those new in town, searching for affordable honesty in a global capital struggling to negotiate the lines between tourism, art, and commerce, the La Maroquinerie is an essential resource.
23 Rue de Boyer, 75020

Metro: Menilmontant, Gambetta, Pyrenees (in order of proximity, but for the fatigued

Tuesday, April 15, 2008

Sunday, April 13, 2008

April in Paris:C Pas Normale!

Top Picks for April:

  • Micah P Hinson (gorgeous indie folk) at Fleche D'Or, Mon 28 April

  • Rue Royale (Chicago indie folk, a la Sufjan Stevens and the Handsome Family), Tues 29 Apr
  • Gore Gore Girls (sexy garage, with less noise, more melody; Beach Boys meet The Cramps and get really good sex changes) Mon 21 Apr, 7:30pm.13,50 La Maroquinerie.
  • The Long Blonds (pop punk, New Wave, uh, uh) 26 Apr, La Maroquinerie.

Lots, lots going on in underground and indie Paris music these days. More and more bars that offer quality live music (often free), while the old staples keep pumping. Some great indie acts on the horizon. This dispatch from Parisnormale will cover all these areas. We begin with new places to catch live music.

Le Cannibale was hitherto a hip resto-bar (a strange but tasty burger—actually two patties ‘neath an artisanale rectangular bun—is perhaps its signature plat for the Anglophone crowd), offering some great dining and drinking soundtracks (I enjoyed hearing The Specials there on one occasion). Now they have programming that this month included local jazz and funk.

Le Zebre de Belleville has rarely been mentioned on Parisnormale. They have often privileged chanson and rock francaise. There is still little of non-French music on their bills. But they are increasingly open to French indie experiments, and so we award them some attention. Our old friends Arlt (Sing Sing and Eloise) are playing this week as part of a new talent festival “Les Zephememeres,” its 4th edition in fact. The Zebre selects them as a kind of artist in residence for several shows. Here they are in chronological order.

28 MARS 2008, 8pm.

Tickets are 13 euros in advance or at the door.

For reservations try FNAC – TICKETNET

Further dates:

Friday April 25 : Arlt. + Red
Thur. 15 mai : Arlt. + JP Nataf
Friday 6 juin : Arlt. + Holden
Saturday 5 juillet : Arlt. + Ben'Symphonic Orchestra + Le Coq

And now Parisnormale's picks for April:

THE YOUNG KNIVES GRAVENHURST: The tweed-loving Young Knives bring you geek rock in the vein of Weezer. Their 2005 debut EP “The Young Knives…Are Dead” was met with considerable critical success. More recently, their 2007 Voices of Animals and Men, broke the top 30 on the UK Album Charts. Known for highly energetic performances. They are joined by Bristol’s Gravenhurst.
Nouveau CasinoTuesday 15 April – 19h – 19,8 euros in advance, 22 euros at the door

Gravenhurst They are joined on the bill by Bristol’s Gravenhurst, a quartet that under the talented leadership of Nick Talbot has produced critically acclaimed albums ranging from the folkish to the psychedelic, comparisons often being made to Nick Drake and My Bloody Valentine. With Young Knives.
Nouveau Casino Tuesday 15 April – 19h – 19,8 euros in advance, 22 euros at the door

Hardcore Superstar
Thanks to the internet, Sweden is no longer the quaint headquarters of marauding, long-bearded seafarers. It is Rock Grand Central (witness the Hives also in town this month). If you like the hard glammish rock and Sleaze Metal, head bangin’ and guitar screamin’ of Motley Crue and AC/DC, welcome to their grandchildren: Hardcore Superstar. After world tours with AC/DC, they hit Paris, peddling their November release “Dreamin’ in a Casket”, minus fame- and tour-fatigued guitarist Thomas Silver, replaced by Vic Zino. Expect them to blast the roof off the Maroquinerie.
Tues 15 Apr, 7:30pm. 16eur, La Maroquinerie.

Very quirky. Lightly electronic, sometimes carnival sounds. 16 April, Cafe de la Danse

Blonde Redhead
17 April, 19h30 26.40euros. Bataclan

Broadcast 2000 (rock/folk) (UK/Gronland)
From the same label that brought us Emily Haines (Metric) comes Broadcast 2000, acoustic project headed up by Joe Steer of Devon, UK. Brand-spankin’ new (just signed in February), Broadcast 2000’s beautifully rich, instrument-packed arrangements and bright energy bring to mind Beirut. Gorgeous gorgeous gorgeous. With Merz.
Thurs 17 Apr, 8pm, La Fleche d’Or, Free--Hilary Camblos

DJAY ECLECTIQUE:Parisnormale's/'s Djay
FRI 18 Apr, 9pm-1h30am, free. L'Orange Mecanique, 72bis rue Jean-Pierre Timbaud,
11th. M°Parmentier.
For those who like a musical selection that showcases multiple genres that are at once cutting edge and steeped in tradition, DJs J&C spin an eclectic mix of 20th and 21st century cross-genre oddities and gems from from Hoagie Carmichael to Of Montreal, Wanda Jackson to the Klaxons, Johnny Cash to the Clash, MC5 to The Hives, France Gall to the New York Dolls. Indie, Garage, Surf, Lounge, low-fi, electronica, punk, power pop... Get there early.
Si vous aimez le mélange des genres, entre oldies et nouvelles vagues, J & C proposent un cocktail éclectique de curiosités et de bijoux des 20e et 21e siècles: de Hoagie Carmichael à Of Montreal, de Wanda Jackson aux Klaxons, de Johnny Cash aux Clash, de MC5 à The Hives, de France Gall aux New York Dolls. Indie, Garage, Surf, Lounge, low-fi, electronica, punk, power pop... Mieux vaut arriver tôt.
FRI 18 Apr, 9pm-1h30am, free.
L'Orange Mecanique, 72bis rue Jean-Pierre Timbaud,
11th. M°Parmentier.

AmbeR Rubarth (NY, U.S.)
Rubarth is a talented young indie singer who moves effortlessly between jazz-style torch singing a la Joli Holland, vaudevillian piano numbers, and acoustic folk songs marked by a charmingly childish twang. She is joined on the bill by The Fleets (FR), Belone (FR), and Nick Nell (UK).
Sat 19 Apr, 8pm, Free. Fleche D’Or.

The Hives (Sweden)
Did you know the Detroit Garage Rock Revival (Viva MC5) is partly located in Sweden? Touring their fourth album (The Black and White Album), these well-dressed Scandinavians bring Paris one of world rock’s most highly rated live shows. Supported by the fascinating gypsy punks, Gogol Bordello (US). I'm not crazy about big venues, but this is likely to rock.
Sun 20 Apr, 7pm, 29,70 €, Le Zenith

Gore Gore Girls
As cool as that would be, no, they are not Al Gore’s wayward daughters. They’re named after a 1970’s film parodying “Go Go Girls.” Detroit’s sultry garage girls, strut their high-heeled boots, fishnet stockings, and raw rock into the Maroquinerie as part of the festival « les femmes s'en mêlent ». Get The Gore (Bloodshot, June 07) made Billboard Magazine’s Ten Best Album’s of the Year list. Also playing The Priscillas and Tu Seras Terriblement Gentille.
Mon 21 Apr, 7:30pm.13,50 La Maroquinerie.

Birdpen (UK)
Created by Dave Pen (Archive) and Mark Bird, Bird Pen has the British press swooning.Steady, dark, entracingly austere tracks make up their latest EP Be Yourself.
They are joined by The Low Lows (US), Folk Rock;TV Buddhas (Isrl): Dance, Indian, Punk; and Trompe Le Monde (FR), electro-rock.
Wed 23 Apr, 8pm. Free. Fleche d’Or.

Jimmy Cliff
Cliff is the legendary singer who built the bridge between Motown and Reggae. Songs like "The Harder They Come," "Sweet and Dandy," "Rivers of Babylon," and "Pressure Drop" have earned him an indisputable immortality. The ticket is definitely steep at 40,60 euros. But would you pay that to see Marley? The Rolling Stones? One of the greats.
Wed 23 Apr 8pm, 40,60euros. Bataclan

The Victorian English Gentleman’s Club (UK, of course)
“The Victorian English Gentlemens Club are guitar bass drums and voices from Cardiff. They will freely describe their music as Pop although they sometimes play songs without a chorus. It has also been described as Rock, although they have been known to use a glockenspiel, and Punk, despite their enjoyment of effects pedals and natural fibres.” They’ve also been described as a “gentleman’s club”, though no lap dances have yet been reported. Also playing, J. Mascis’s (Dinosaur Jr.) metal band, Witch; This Is Pop (FR); and Edible Woman (It).
Fri 25 Apr. 8pm. Free. Fleche d’Or

(Electric & Musical Industries Ltd/The Biz Records/Uk)

Indie / Folk Rock / Pop. Make Model is what happens when six young Glaswegians have spent too many boozy late nights on each other's sofas listening to records and joining the dots between pop and post-rock via no wave and the odd sliver of German electronica at 3 in the morning..Warning: rest of the bill is electro or industrial.
Sat 26 Apr. 8pm. Free. Fleche D’Or

Long Blonds
These four rockin limey lasses and one lucky squire on drums earned considerable critical and popular acclaim with their 2006 album Someone To Drive You Home (Rough Trade). Their sophomore effort “Couples” was released in March. Their influences range from pop punk (Buzzcocks) to New Wave (The Human League).
Sat 26 Apr 7pm. 18euros. La Maroquinerie.

This Riverside, California quartet made a splash in the mid 90s with their “rock and soul” sound, thanks to the Motownish vocals of Lisa Kekaula. Like the Detroit Cobras, they mix that vocal style against garagey compositions. Hard, Sweet and Sticky, their eighth full-lenth album was just released this month on Cheap Lullaby Records.
Sun 27 Apr, 7:30pm, 18euros. La Maroquinerie

We are Scientists (NYC)
Infectious, rhythmically optimistic,occasionally danceable indie pop from Brooklyn. Their name derives from a conversation with a U-Haul employee who, reacting to their bespectacled bearings, queried, “Are you guys scientists?” Nominated for the UK New Music Express Band of the Year award in 2007. They’re touring Brain Thrust Mastery, their fourth album, released last month to a #11 reception on the UK charts. With
Sun 27 Apr, 7:30pm, 22euros. Nouveau Casino.

Micah P. Hinson (US)
Many are those who aspire to the ranks of bard singer-songwriter, but grasp futilely at the rope dangled down from Nick Drake, Elliot Smith, Tom Waits, Vic Chestnutt, and Richard Buckner. Micah P. Johnson is different. A Johnny Cash lurks in the baleful baritone behind his boyish looks and slight build. The 27-year-old who bottomed out at 19, penniless and drug addled, today testifies with gorgeous indie folk (occasionally more rocked up) about love and self-destruction (what else?). For a live sample, try this. and this
With the Postelles (US) and Kiss, Kiss, Bang, Bang (FR).
Mon 28 Apr.8pm. Free. Fleche D’Or

The brainchild of former Dinosaur Jr. bassist Lou Barlow, Sebadoh led the lo-fi indie rock movement of the 1990s (often mentioned in the same breath with Pavement). The tour promotes the reissuing of their 1993 record Bubble and Scrape via Domino on May 5, with some 15 extra tracks. Some of you know and love(d) them. Those of you who don't are urged to take a listen. Same night as Micah P. Hinson: life isn't fair.
Mon 28 Apr. 7:30pm. Le Trabendo Ticket here

Rue Royale (Chicago, US) Beautiful indie folk. If there’s a criticism of them, it’s that they sometimes sound too much like Elliot Smith, Iron and Wine, and Sufjan Stevens. But Ruth Dekker’s sweet harmonic backing and Brooklyn’s more upbeat compositions move them toward something all of their own. If you can't shell out the dough for Nick Cave, this is a good option. With Mely Ruben, Kim Novak, and Blackpool.

Tues 29 Apr, 8pm. Free Fleche D’Or

He has a voice as legendary as Johnny Cash's and Tom Waits'. And his music ain't too bad, either.
Tues 29 Apr, 44-60 euros (Sold Out) Casino de Paris

Koko Von Napoo
Nice synth-sprinkled indie-pop, with xylophones and 80's New Wave references galore. Local act worth a listen.Wed 30 Apr, La Maroquinerie

Why? (Indie/Folk/New Wave) (Oakland, US/Anticon)
Hailing from Oakland, California, Why? is part of the Anticon. indepedent artist collective formed in 1998 to promote underground rap and hip-hop. Though the lyrics in some of their music certainly reflect these beginnings (fabulously clever rhymes and rhythms), Why? also draws on folk, rock, new wave, and electronic to create a fantastic sound all unto their own. Okay, if you must compare to someone else, think the Postal Service or Sparklehorse meets Modest Mouse.
April 30, Wednesday, 7:30pm, Café de la Danse--Hilary Camblos

Coming Soon...

PORTISHEAD: 5-6 May, Zénith

WEEN: 11 May, La Maroquinerie

LIGHTSPEED CHAMPION: 15 May, Maroquinerie

VAMPIRE WEEKEND: 19 May, Trabendo

May 28 MGMT Bataclan

WILLIE NELSON: 16 May, Grand Rex

FESTIVAL SUPER! MON AMOUR (avec Animal Collective, Crystal Castles, El Guincho): 22-27 May, various venues

ANIMAL COLLECTIVE: 24 May, Theatre de l’Alhambra

MGMT: 28 May, Cigale

CAT POWER: 1 June, Olympia

DEVO (Vilette Sonique): 3-8 June, La Villette

RADIOHEAD: 9-10 Jun, Bercy

MIKA: 4 July, Parc des Princes

BECK: 7 July, Olympia



Saturday, April 12, 2008



SAT 12 Apr, 9pm-1h30am, free.
L'Orange Mecanique, 72bis rue Jean-Pierre Timbaud,
11th. M°Parmentier.

For those who like a musical selection that showcases multiple genres that are at once old skool and au courant, DJs J&C spin an eclectic mix of 20th and 21st century cross-genre oddities and gems from from Hoagie Carmichael to Of Montreal, Wanda Jackson to the Klaxons, Johnny Cash to the Clash, MC5 to The Hives, France Gall to the New York Dolls. Indie, Garage, Surf, Lounge, low-fi, electronica, punk, power pop... Get there early.

Si vous aimez le mélange des genres, entre oldies et nouvelles vagues, J & C proposent un cocktail éclectique de curiosités et de bijoux des 20e et 21e siècles: de Hoagie Carmichael à Of Montreal, de Wanda Jackson aux Klaxons, de Johnny Cash aux Clash, de MC5 à The Hives, de France Gall aux New York Dolls. Indie, Garage, Surf, Lounge, low-fi, electronica, punk, power pop... Mieux vaut arriver tôt.

SAT 12 Apr, 9pm-1h30am, free.
L'Orange Mecanique, 72bis rue Jean-Pierre Timbaud,
11th. M°Parmentier.
Formerly "Parisnormale: Paris Rocks"