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The hugely influential New York band return after a long dormancy. Now a three-piece after the departure of imposing bassist Carlos D, they should play plenty of doomy, potent, gloomily swirling early noughties favourites tonight such as 'PDA' and 'Evil', as well as new stuff from their long-awaited fifth album 'El Pintor' (see what they did

  1. Olympia 28 boulevard des Capucines, 9e
  2. Tue Jan 27 - Wed Jan 28
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Ed Sheeran

Acoustic folk, hip hop beats and loop pedals from this bewilderingly popular, carrot-topped maestro, whose 'The A-Team' single catapulted him into the mainstream, while chart-busting debut LP '+' has firmly kept him there. Expect an enthusiastic audience to swoon and shriek uncontrollably in the presence of this (very young) man. 

  1. Le Zénith 211 avenue Jean Jaurès, 19e
  2. Mon Feb 2
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  • Critics choice

At a time when the indie scene is awash with bland identikit bands, the four-piece Alt-J manage to surprise and excite with every new release. Once you’ve got your ears around Joe Newman’s slightly forced vocal style, you’ll realize that this is a band powered by ideas: highly original lyrics meld with unpredictable melodies and creative

  1. Le Zénith 211 avenue Jean Jaurès, 19e
  2. Wed Feb 4
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Lushly orchestrated (although far less so than in their original incarnation), noir-ish and lugubrious ballads from Tindersticks that balance on a knife-edge of dark humour and brooding romanticism. 

  1. Philharmonie de Paris 221 avenue Jean Jaurès, 19e
  2. Tue Feb 10
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  • Rated as: 4/5
  • Price band: 2/4

Guillaume Bouvelot is an old school rocker with a soft heart. Iggy Pop, Elvis, Rory Gallagher, Black Sabbath, Lynyrd Skynyrd et al are his bag, and since opening in late 2013, these are the sounds that have animated his Ternes bar and restaurant l'Apérock – to the occasional consternation of its well-heeled neighbours. Although the decor is

  1. 7 rue Bayen, 17e
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