From April 23rd to April 28th, festival goers and the industry descended in droves to the French department capital of Bourges for Printemps de Bourges. Since 1977, the town of about 100,000 has hosted the festival and industry conference that has become an “incontournable” step in the French and European music. Booking agents, managers, label(…)
Lescop (Paris) April 7th, 2013 Pop In in Paris, France Imagine the biggest buzzing group of the moment in America posting on Facebook at noon, announcing a show down the street from you-not in a venue, but a concert bar. A 200 capacity max, maybe, concert bar (obviously smaller in the venue part itself, though(…)
Justice (Paris, France) and Zebo (Chicago, IL) October 24th, 2012 Congress Theater in Chicago, Illinois Gallery: Justice at Congress Theater Last night in Chicago, you either had Justin Bieber at Rosemont or Justice at Congress. We chose the right concert. For Peter of Frontier Psychiatrist and I, it was our first experience even though Justice(…)
In 2009, you couldn’t avoid hearing Béatrice Martin in France. She was everywhere, and rightfully so. The tattooed piano player with a voice as sweet only Haribo or Willy Wonka could ever craft took the country as well as Canada with her pop songs firmly rooted in songwriter territory. These wasn’t the kind of pop(…)
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.
Zaz (Tours, France) July 30th, 2011 Rockwood Music Hall in New York City, New York Gallery: Zaz at Rockwood Music Hall Everyone gets nervous when landing in a foreign country. You stammer with the semblances of the learnt language in hopes that people can understand you. You stumble around hoping you caught the right metro line(…)
Way back in January, I had the chance to email back and forth with Charlotte Savary and Philippe Chevallier about their follow-up to 2008′s De Fil en aiguille. Felipecha became a pleasant surprise after a bit of searching into what Wax Tailor‘s songstress was up to in a pause between his releases. Rooted in variété(…)
I won’t lie. When I love something, I tell everyone around me about it. Parfois, it includes a post on Facebook with an accompanying link or video. When I truly love something, I tell everyone around me in a more casual manner. Perhaps a video, perhaps well-placed shuffle plays when they’re riding in my car(…)