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Tristesse Contemporaine

Tristesse Contemporaine creates a coldwave sound with dark lyrics, with influences of German krautrock. As the name indicates, listening to their music makes us want to gulp down cyanide more than paint rainbows, but we love being carried away by their hypnotic urban sounds. This trio which lives in Paris is pretty cosmopolitan: the Japanese

  1. Le Trabendo Parc de la Villette, 75019
  2. Sat Aug 2
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Free Your Funk Summer: KorgBrain + Myth Syzer + Twinztrack...

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Face Your Fear? For Your Fun? Funky Yoghurt Fête? Nope, the three letters FYF stand for Free Your Funk, the Parisian club nights and concerts with crazy-good line-ups. This year, Wanderlust is the base for the Free Your Funk Summer. Each Sunday, a label, media, or collective is invited to take over the club, and this Sunday it's the webzine

  1. Wanderlust 32 quai d’Austerlitz, 13e
  2. Sun Aug 3
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Fortunately for the somewhat poorer Parisians amongst us, life does not stop in August. Au contraire, because the city has finally become bearable. You don't need to haggle just to get a seat on a outdoor terrace, you can cross the road outside of zebra crossings, and even if your friends are sunning themselves beside a river in the Ardèche, your

  1. La Mécanique Ondulatoire 8 passage Thiéré, 11e
  2. Mon Aug 11
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SAmBA De La mUERTE + The Dodos

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The Noughties have seen folk groups come and go, and they were all pretty much the same; The Dodos were unlucky then to be caught up this stream of flotsam and jetsam and so were forced to redouble their efforts to stand out from the crowd. And how they have done so. With only two of them at the beginning, and then three as of 2009, these

  1. Le Glaz'art 7-15 avenue de la Porte de la Villette, 19e
  2. Mon Aug 18
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An American MC from Brooklyn, KRS-One is one of the pioneers of US rap. Rebellious and militant, his provocative lyrics are very politicised. 'Sound of da Police' and 'MC's Act Like They Don't Know' remain his most well-known songs, lauded by the New York rap scene. In 2012, KRS-One brought out his new album 'The BDP Album', which he has

  1. Batofar Face au 11 quai François Mauriac, 13e
  2. Tue Aug 26
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Philippe Ramette at Galeries Lafayette

See the legendary store with new eyes during a gravity-defying installation under the famous dome, August 14-30

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