The Lords of
Sun. Feb. 3, , 16.60€, Nouveau Casino
The MC5 are often hailed as THE godfathers of American punk (immortalized in the lines to one of their songs by the same name, “Kick Out The Jams, Motherfuckers!”). Their bassist, Michael Davis, produces and plays bass for LA garage punks the LOA. The influence shows. The LOA bring you some of the best old school garage punk you’ll ever see (their albums pale to their live performance) in a month stacked with the genre at the Nouveau Casino (with the Von Bondies arriving Feb. 10). A recent concert review described their enthusiasm as “bordering on maniacal,” while another speaks of “thrashing” keyboards. Frequently compared to the Stooges.
Carte Blanche to Spleen and The Black and White Skins (Hip hop/folk)(France, no label)
Feb 5 and Feb 12, 8pm, free, La Fleche d'Or
La Fleche d'Or has given free reign to beatboxer Spleen and his group The Black and White Skins for three whole nights! Their eclectic style, ranging from rap to jazz (and everything in between), gives you the unmistakable pleasure of unpredictability. With numerous groups, including Gaël and Rosie (of Cocorosie), Lippie, and Keziah Jones. ==Hilary Camblos
Feb. 7 and 16: Parisnormale, Gogoparis, Ivyparis dj Jayson at L'Orange Mecanique:
Parisnormale, Ivyparis.com, and gogoparis.com present two dj soirees this month featuring Dj Jayson at new Oberkampf bar L'Orange Mecanique: Thursday Feb. 7 and Saturday Feb. 16.
Gogoparis.com, parisnormale, and Ivyparis.com music critic and former Chicago dj Jay Harsin spins an eclectic mix of 20th and 21st century oddities and gems from From Hoagie Carmichael to Of , Wanda Jackson to the Klaxons, to the Clash, MC5 to The Hives, France Gall to the . For seats, get there early. Aller or be carré! :P
The Von Bondies (
Sun 10 Feb, 8.30pm, 17.70€. ,Nouveau Casino
Inspired by a Guitar Wolf concert in the year 2000, the Von Bondies went on to lead the
BRITISH SEA POWER (Indie/Alternative/Pop)(UK/Rough Trade Records)
Sun., Feb 10, 7:30pm, 16/17 euros, Café de la Danse
, BSP's past efforts made it into the 'teens on both the UK Albums and Singles Charts, and 'twas hardly a fluke. They used to be compared to Joy Division in their early years, but now – monumental rock, choral and all. Their just released third full album cheekily entitled "Do You Like Rock Music?" has been hailed as their best yet (and their last two received 4.5/5 from sites like allmusic.com). And... they're especially hot live. Expect a show full of wild antics and perhaps even some improv – they won the Live Band of the Year Award.--HC and JH
What singer-songwriter-bard can possibly pick up the leaden baton that Elliot Smith dropped five years ago? Argentinian-Swede Jose Gonzales with his beautifully melancholic lyrics and hauntingly Nick Drakesque guitar picking is a very, very strong candidate. See him at Cigale this time. Next time it might be a place where you'll need your binoculars.
24 Feb, Cigale
Kinski (U.S., Subpop): "Expérimentale / Rock. Kinski is a four-piece rock band from Seattle, WA. Their unique evocation of avant-rock is deconstructionist and heady, but also emotive and visceral. NME described Kinski as: “Like Sabbath in a washing machine during a power surge.” Comprised of guitarists Chris Martin and Matthew Reid-Schwartz (Matthew also plays keyboards and flute), bassist Lucy Atkinson, and drummer Barrett Wilke, Kinski have toured with Mission of Burma, Comets on Fire, Oneida, Mono, Acid Mothers Temple, Black Mountain, and most recently opened a month of dates for Tool on their spring ’07 tour."
EON MEGAHERTZ (Sriracha Records/Pias)
"Rock. After the long-awaited release of their first E.P. "Computer Compatible" in 2002 (sold out), followed by exhausting promotional tours (2003/2004), after having bought a new set of clothes (the former ones having been torn apart by fans), the members of Eon Megahertz recorded, in late of 2004, the L.P. "Members of the Evil Trance and its Exclusive Organization" (M.E.T.E.OR.) and keep playing in every venue to prepare its release in January 2006... Their influences mostly come from Rock'n'roll (Stooges, Cramps, Elvis...), and also from anything that might sound good in electro (Suicide, LTNo...), Latin music or crooners from the 50's..."
25 Feb. Monday, Fleche D'Or
The Tossers le (legacy of the Pogues)
Polysics(Japanese New Wave Revival)
26 Feb. Tues, Nouveau Casino
TAPES N' TAPES (Us)
"Indie / Expérimentale / Pop. in the spring of 2003 the band migrated north, to the taconite fields of the iron range. there, buried deep in a mine shaft, they spent long nights perfecting their craft. finally, as the northern chill of fall began to once again sweep over lake superior, the brothers tapes returned south. today they are presenting their beautifully wrapped, sweet smelling product to the hipsters, college rockers, and b-boys of the world. "[this blurb from the Fleche site says very little in the end, but rest assured these guys rock in a way that sometimes reminds me of Of Montreal; highly recommended] 27 Feb. Wed., Fleche d'Or
I still maintain that Their 2007 Subpop release Cease to Begin made best of 2007 lists. Not for Boogie Shoes, but the Thinking Feller.
28 February, La Maroquinerie, 19h30, soldout (check lesinrocks forum for extras)
THE AFROROCKERZ (Comet Records/FR)
Afro Beat / Rock. The Afrorockerz project is born from a desire to add soulfull modern vibes to the incredible groove of afrobeat. A kind of dirty afrobeat, mixed with rough electronic sound and pop structure. For this first album with the afrobeat diva Ruth TAFEBE, we were lucky enough to have on drums the master Tony ALLEN ( Fela), and to feature Amayo (Antibalas), Asha ( Naïve ), Chief udoh ( Fela ) and many others friends... Ruth 's soulfull message is rooted into panafricanism and conscioussness and we are proud to defend it. The album " Holy Warriors" was released in june, check it out on COMET RECORDS, the historical label of Tony Allen, Randy Weston, Meïssa, Art Konik, Doctor L, Jî mob and many compilations. Live band is a 5 piece band based in Paris and NY, holy warriors ll rock the dance floor and fight for love, a new sound is on... http://www.myspace.com/theafrorockerz
1 March, Sat., Fleche D'Or
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 Public Enemy, 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
Tues, March 18, 11am, free, Radio Live Le Fou du Roi
Fri, March 21, 8pm, 22 euros, La Cigale (SOLD OUT)
THE CURE: 12 Mar, Bercy
AMERICAN MUSIC CLUB: 18 March, Divan du Monde
THE DO: 20 Mar, Cigale
Phoebe Kildeer (Nouvelle Vague): 26 March, Nouveau casino
The Figurines: 29 March, Nouveau Casino
NICK CAVE & THE BAD SEEDS: 29 April, Casino de Paris