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Joakim's Nothing Gold Album Art

Review: Joakim – Nothing Gold (2011)

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Joakim came into my existence in 2008 through a ridiculous, quirky and addictive trip of a remix for Late of the Pier. Seven minutes long, it was an ambitious track with a subversive disco beat mixed in with razor guitars and a completely disjointed Sam Eastgate. Fast forward to 2011 and the talented Frenchman has Nothing Gold out, a herald to S.E. Hinton’s famous quote, “Nothing gold can stay.”

Melanie Laurent - En t'attendant album art

Review: Mélanie Laurent – En t’attendant (2011)

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Wind first came in bearing word of Mélanie Laurent’s singing this spring during SXSW. Quite honestly the possibility of musical talent was far from mind given the Parisienne’s highly successful film career, which took off with Je vais bien, ne t’en fair pas and soared around the world with Inglourious Basterds. The only whisperings I had heard were that her voice was incredible, but her piano playing was the hidden gem.

Concert Review + Photography: Yelle at First Avenue (Minneapolis)

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In the three years since seeing the Brittany, France electropop Yelle in the Midwest, not many French artists have made it to this region of the States. Blame the attraction of either coast, but the Midwest doesn’t seem to be a compelling destination for French artists. It’s a little shocking as artist after artist inches as close as Toronto, then flies back to Europe. …