Top ten Paris gigs in February

Turn off your speakers and bin your iPod – this is all the music you'll need in the coming weeks

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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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Alt-J

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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 production...

  1. Le Zénith 211 avenue Jean Jaurès, 19e
  2. Wed Feb 4
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Rone

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French electro-disco, hip-pop producer Rone is very much on the rise, and his brand of chunky beats, big basslines and oodles of crossover appeal are bound to edge their way into mainstream success before long. So, catch him while you can.

  1. La Cigale 120 boulevard de Rochechouart, 18e
  2. Thu Feb 5
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Tindersticks

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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Feu! Chatterton

The first tracks released by this duo showcase their tense, sombre music, equal parts Noir Désir and Connan Mockasin.

  1. La Maroquinerie 23 rue Boyer, 20e
  2. Tue Feb 10
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The Divine Comedy

The night after the Tindersticks gig, legendary baroque pop band The Divine Comedy will play at Paris’s new Philharmonie. Irish troubadour Neil Hannon created the group aged 18 as a fan of REM and Ride. Ever since, he has constantly been regenerating the band in various styles. Hannon remains a wry, wittily literate and heartfelt performer, creating seductive, imaginative and melodious pop.

  1. Philharmonie de Paris 221 avenue Jean Jaurès, 19e
  2. Wed Feb 11
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Fat White Family + The Voyeurs

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Anyone remember The Metros, a straggly, sub-Libertine punk 'n' roll group from Peckham? Well, through a strange alchemical process – via stints as The Saudis and Meat Divine, and gaining and losing members along the way – they've turned into one of London's most exciting young bands. Fat White Family perform from their totally screwed up debut album...

  1. Point Ephémère 200 quai de Valmy, 10e
  2. Thu Feb 12
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Sylvan Esso + Phoria

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Folksy electronic duo Sylvan Esso, comprising vocalist Amelia Meath and electronic musician and Megafaun bassist Nick Sanborn, had a big 2014, filling increasingly larger halls with the hypnotic pop of its self-titled debut.

  1. Le Trabendo Parc de la Villette, 75019
  2. Tue Feb 17
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Allah-Las + Eerie Wanda

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Rocking LA quartet Allah-Las combine the West Coast psychedelic sound of the Doors with garage and R&B. Three of the members used to work at Hollywood’s Amoeba when they formed in ‘08, so you know you can trust their taste in music.

  1. Le Trabendo Parc de la Villette, 75019
  2. Sun Feb 22
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Baxter Dury

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Six years is a long time in pop music. Until Baxter Dury, the reclusive genius of British pop music, emerged from the woodwork in 2011 with his first release in over half a decade, most had given him up for creatively dead. Luckily, 'Happy Soup' proved that Ian Dury's son had go in him yet: on the album, he weaved together the deadpan lyrics...

  1. Olympia 28 boulevard des Capucines, 9e
  2. Wed Feb 25
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Edgar F
Edgar F

Etes vous sûr que Thindersticks à la philharmonie soit encore d'actualité ?