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
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
28 MARS 2008, .
Tickets are 13 euros in advance or at the door.
For reservations try FNAC – TICKETNET
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 http://www.myspace.com/theyoungknives/ 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
Nouveau CasinoTuesday 15 April – 19h – 19,8 euros in advance, 22 euros at the door
Gravenhurst http://www.myspace.com/gravenhurst: They are joined on the bill by
Nouveau Casino Tuesday 15 April – 19h – 19,8 euros in advance, 22 euros at the door
Hardcore Superstar http://www.myspace.com/hcssgbg
Thanks to the internet,
Tues 15 Apr, . 16eur, La Maroquinerie.
ALBIN DE LA SIMONE
Very quirky. Lightly electronic, sometimes carnival sounds. 16 April, Cafe de la Danse
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
Thurs 17 Apr, , La Fleche d’Or, Free--Hilary Camblos
DJAY ECLECTIQUE:Parisnormale's/Gogoparis.com's Djay
FRI 18 Apr, 9pm-1h30am, free. L'Orange Mecanique, 72bis rue Jean-Pierre Timbaud,
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,
AmbeR Rubarth (NY,
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, , Free. Fleche D’Or.
The Hives (
Did you know the Detroit Garage Rock Revival (Viva MC5) is partly located in
Sun 20 Apr, 7pm, 29,70 €, Le Zenith
Gore Gore Girls http://www.myspace.com/goregoregirls
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.”
Mon 21 Apr, 7:30pm.13,50 La Maroquinerie.
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, Free. Fleche d’Or.
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 (
“The Victorian English Gentlemens Club are guitar bass drums and voices from
Fri 25 Apr. Free. Fleche d’Or
MAKE MODEL http://www.myspace.com/makemodel
(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. Free. Fleche D’Or
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.
Sun 27 Apr, 7:30pm, 18euros. La Maroquinerie
We are Scientists (NYC)
Infectious, rhythmically optimistic,occasionally danceable indie pop from
Sun 27 Apr, 7:30pm, 22euros. Nouveau Casino.
Micah P. Hinson (
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. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SzG2sF5Ozgo&feature=related and this http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GZb_swTfdaY&feature=related
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 (
Tues 29 Apr, 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) (
April 30, Wednesday, , Café de la Danse--Hilary Camblos
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
RADIOHEAD: 9&10 Jun, POPB.
MY BLOODY VALENTINE: 9 July, Zenith