Navigate Paris with Balades Sonores

Paris can be an intimidating city when it comes to navigating independent music, especially since there’s really no other city like it in France and “electro” tends to drown everything out. Wandering into the small boutique called Balades Sonores can be like opening the door into another hidden Paris. For one of the biggest cities […]

Introducing: New French Act, C.A.R.

Edgy French musician Chloé Raunet is pursuing a new solo project. Since 2006, the supercharged artist has been an accomplished musician as a guest vocalist, writer and arranger, contributing to over 20 recordings. Most famously, she recorded and performed with the London-based electronic duo, Battant.  But in September 2011, Battant’s multi-instrumentalist wunderkind and Raunet’s partner, Joel […]

The Progression of Belgian Hip-Hop With Veence Hanao

As a pure global force, hip-hop has traversed cultures and languages, inspiring a far-reaching base of fans and artists alike. Since the early ’90s hip-hop has been widespread in France, yet only a handful of these names have reached across the Atlantic and linked with their American counterparts. The most  significant French rap group of […]

Pitchfork Music Festival Paris 2012 Wrap-up

The Pitchfork music festival in Paris took place at La Grande Halle nestled on the edge of the Parc de la Villette. Guiding audiences to the festival, the concert hall’s large neon letters bathed the plaza and fountain in front of it in red. Past the gates was a long pavilion with food and drinks outside […]

Shiko Shiko: Music From The Deep End

Not all bands should be described in the abstract, adjective-laden overwriting found in many music reviews. Shiko Shiko is not one of such bands. Ostensibly, they’re a group from a northern area of France and sing in English (maybe?) with a nonsensical Japanese sounding name. But between the high energy guitars, up-tempo rhythms, frenzied drumming, and […]

Voilà! Five New Sounds from France

It’s never easy to find music in a language you don’t necessarily know how to speak or read. American musicians are the main characters in music journalism all around the world, but it’s rare to find articles written in English about international musicians. The language barrier is a problem, but with the help of Google […]

The Real Fairy Tales of Fanny Roz

Once upon a time there was a musician named Fanny Roz. Her story involved snail races, tree houses, smokey French jazz bars, magical beaches in Chile, and a tale of two cities. It was the best of times…yeah, okay, it all really sounded like it was pretty much the best of times… The whole story of […]