Paris’s Record Store Day celebrates the independent music scene this Saturday.
Record stores in Paris
Celebrate Disquaire Day by laying in some vinyl.
Alternative music venues
Unique spaces to catch gigs in Paris.
Jazz and world in Paris
From swing to avant-garde be-bop, West African blues to Moroccan pop, hot new talent to big visiting names.
Avoid mainstream club nights at these cutting edge venues.
The best events coming soon
Angus & Julia Stone
The warm, sweet, fragile acoustic fare that’s made by this Australian brother and sister stands out thanks to the gurgling, toddler-trapped-in-a-toolbox tones of Julia, and and occasional flourishes of Spanish guitar and trumpet. They got back together last year, after a period of seperate solo work, for a new self-titled album and an ongoing tour which has already brought them to some of London’s best venues.
Californian hip hop/jazz/avant-R&B wizard FlyLo – alias Steven Ellison – has a record of staging mind-blowing live shows, accompanying his lopsided beats with hypnotic visuals. He's in Paris this evening with a new album ('You're Dead') to bolster his set, which should also feature plenty of trippy tracks from his acclaimed records 'Cosmogramma' and 'Until the Quiet Comes'.
Kings Of Convenience
Summer’s back – and so are Norwegian folk-pop perfectionists Erlend Øye and Eirik Glambek Bøe, returning after a long absence to fill a few hundred Parisians with a warm, fuzzy feeling. They may look a bit like two geeky guys hanging out in the park with acoustic guitars, but their crafted, vaguely tropical songs are something quite out of the ordinary. They'll be playing their debut album ‘Quiet is the new Loud’ all the way through, to celebrate a new book by Ørjan Nilsson about the making of the record.
The best music venues in Paris
Live music bars
Where to catch great live sounds in the French capital.
Jazz clubs and bars
In the city that owned the jazz age, it would be rude not to.
Music, film and digital art
From cutting-edge cinema retrospectives to boundary-pushing digital art.
Where to party like it's the Années Folles
Where to boogie the night away.
What’s on at...
Any self-respecting Parisian keeps their distance from the soulless stretch of development that surrounds the Bibliothèque Nationale de France, with one exception: Les Frigos ('The Refrigerator'), a former storage depot for refrigerated railway wagons, no less. Once the facility had been shut down and the refrigeration turned off, it wasn't long before destitute artists began to squat inside. By 1996, they'd also colonised its underground vaults; today, Les Voûtes has become an unlikely venue for concerts, exhibitions, and a whole lot of multidisciplinary artistic happenings. All in all, a great place to 'chill'.
For want of a 'proper' concert venue, the Mu collective puts on its monthly music nights in its very own garage, where its members saw planks of wood and generally busy themselves with their artistic projects by day. The result is 'garage music' in a new sense of the term: an eclectic programme of rock and electro gigs set in a venue that's at once homely and very, very hipster.