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Sunday, September 20, 2009

Picks, Indie Paris Sept. 20-27

Monday 21/09: The Damned @ Le Batofar: The Legends play on the underground music barge across from the Bibliotheque Nationale. Tickets, etc. here

Tuesday 22/09: Emilie Simon @ FNAC forum. I think it's free. Interesting French singer whose arrangements lean toward folk-electro pop. Sweet voice. IN fact, reminds me a bit of Au Revoir Simone at times. Simone says, "check it out." More info here.

Wednesday 23/09: Fiery Furnaces at La Maroquinerie.

Thursday 24/09: THE BOXER REBELLION, TELEGRAPHS, ARE WE BROTHERS @ Nouveau Casino. The Boxer REbellion are a British alt.rock act, whose CD last year went to #4 on Brit album chart, #2 on alt.rock chart second to Kings of Leon, a few days after its release. They're often compared to Radiohead and the Verve.

Thursday 24/09: D.I.E./Le Grand Duc du Kansas Residence at La Feline (the best bar if you want your rock fast, hard, full of whiskey and vodka shots (the charismatic owner frequently walks around and pours them into your baby-bird gaping mouth). Wild, little known, early rocknroll, surf, garage, classic punk, blues-garage. You think you know how to rock? I have dropped the guantlet before you. Bring it. Hey, if you go to Boxer Rebellion at Nouveau Casino, the Feline is just a five-minute walk away. Drop by for a shot with me. 9pm-1h30am. 6 Rue Victor Latalle, 75020. M: Menilmontant.

Friday 25/09: Punk concert at la Miroiterie squat, 5pm: So you want a glimpse of the real Paris punk underground scene? Check out this art squat at 88 rue de Menilmontant. Because of noise problems, this starts early, which is great because that still gives you time to swing by Planete Mars later for a wild friday night with Djay Indie Eclectique (D.I.E.) and friends. see below.

Friday 25/09: D.I.E. and guests at Planete Mars. If there's a dj in Paris who spins the best of 80s-90s-2000s indie rock, pop, mixed with soul, ska, and new wave, I don't know him/her yet. A real variety of stuff, ranging from Sonic Youth and Gradndaddy, to The Flaming Lips, Sparklehorse, Mudhoney, The Raveonettes, The Dirtbombs, the Decembrists, Etta James, and Doby Gray, 9pm-2am. Planete Mars: 21 rue Keller, 75011, near metros Voltaire, Ledru Rollin, and Bastille.

Saturday 26/09: Dj Sylvania (witchcraft music--oh yeah...) @ la Feline

Sunday 27/09: Pere Ubu @ La Maroquinerie. Old Skool. "Non-Allignment Pact" is a classic. If you go to this, walk down rue Menilmontant and check out dj/bartender Olivier at La Feline afterwards.

Sunday 27/09: Soul and Ska dj Olivier at la Feline. Some of the best experts on soul, blues, and ska are not American, British or Jamaican. And one of them resides here in Paris and bartends/djs at La Feline EVERY SUNDAY AND TUESDAY. 6 Rue Victor Latalle.

Plus get your tickets for this just announced Heavy Trash (Jon Spencer Blues Explosion), A-Bones show on Oct. 7.

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