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 […]