From indie to electronica and techno to rap, Paris has always been a hot destination for live music. It also boasts some of Europe’s most atmospheric venues for soaking up local and international acts. So why not hum away those January blues with help from the fab lineup of artists hitting the Paris stage this month?
Three gigs that should be on your wish-list include Argentine-Swedish indie-folk songwriter José González (25 Jan), whose cover of The Knife’s Heartbeats became a global hit (remember that vibey Sony Bravia ad video of colourful bouncing balls?). He’ll be performing with maverick orchestra The String Theory at La Cigale in Pigalle; expect electronic beats, luscious string arrangements and bold brass.
Super-cool French group La Femme (27 Jan) play La Villette’s cavernous indoor venue Le Zénith (topped with a red airplane sign). Founded in Biarritz by Sacha Got on keyboards and Marlon Magnée on guitar, but later joined by chic lead singer Clémence Quélennec, the dandy posse will be sharing magnifique new second album Mystère, a mix of Krautrock, electronica, psychedelia and surf rock. They’ve even soundtracked a YSL catwalk show. Ooh là là!
Also at the popular Parc de la Villette, Nashville alt-country outfit Lambchop (30 Jan) take to the stage at Le Trabendo. With a changing lineup oriented around creative frontman Kurt Wagner, the band will be rocking tunes from their 2016 album FLOTUS (For Love Often Turns Us Still), which embraces wider musical influences but stays true to their understated melodic vocals.
José González / Wed 25 Jan, 2017 / La Cigale / 120 blvd de Rochechouart, 18th / +33 1 49 25 89 99 / lacigale.fr
La Femme / Fri 27 Jan, 2017 / Le Zénith / Parc de la Villette / 211 ave Jean Jaurès, 19th / +33 1 44 52 54 56 / le-zenith.com
Lambchop / Mon 30 Jan, 2017 / La Trabendo / Parc de la Villette / 211 ave Jean Jaurès, 19th / +33 1 42 06 05 52 / letrabendo.net