It has now been about a month since Hot Chip released their fifth studio LP, In Our Heads. They will be playing an exclusive DJ set with Breton at the Aftershow Days Off Festival
Their gig in Paris is on Saturday 7th July at the Cité de la Musique. Tickets are 27 Euros each and are available here
Yes, 27 euros is fairly pricey, but with Hot Chip you are guaranteed a great show.
Attention ULIP Students. This Friday at Le Petit Augustin (Metro: St Augustin/St Lazare) James Chadwick (BA2) will be playing a selection of his wonderful music from which, he hopes, you will derive aural pleasure. In essence, it would be fantastic to see as many ULIP students there as possible to support a comrade. For those of you who have heard James perform before, you will know what to expect. For those who haven't, James is an incredibly talented musician, singer and songwriter and this show on Friday is not one to be missed. Plus its free entry. What could be better!
Parisian music, party and fashion house, Poyz and Pirlz are hosting a "Dre Day" on Saturday 18th Feb at the Bellevilloise, to celebrate the life and work of Dr Dre.
There's a very appealing line up including, Drixxxe, a prominent French hip-hop producer. But if the idea of a night of hip hop doesn't interest you, don't worry, because Poyz and Pirlz also have a fresh clothing line. Check out their online store.
So this was the gig that I advertised a couple of weeks ago. And it was an absolute corker. There was a great turnout from ULIP - 16 people came overall.
Marques Toliver kicked off proceedings with a lovely little set and even got down from the stage and went to perform in and amongst the crowd. Very soulful voice, talented violinist - good act. I caught up with him after the show and asked if he fancied performing for the ULIP Radio Live Lounge, sadly his schedule does not permit it. Another time!
Next up was Theme Park - the London based group. They were absolutely great. It takes a lot for me to speak highly of indie bands: just not really my kind of music. But Theme Park have converted me. Their songs are catchy and their live performance was spot on - even the normally subdued French crowd seemed to be enjoying themselves. I had a chat after the gig with Miles, the lead singer who tells me that they are recording their album - big news for all Theme Park fans. So watch this space. In the meantime, here's the music video to their best known track, Milk.
Theme Park were followed by 'Friends' a cheeky little pop band from Brooklyn. By this point, the ULIP contingent had put away a few beers and were fairly merry. This lead to some rowdy behaviour, heckling and removal of clothing. Anyway, mixed reviews for Friends, I felt that they would have been a better support act and Theme Park should have played last. However, it we came to a unanimous decision that the lead singer is sexy. That said, they were good fun to watch, and as Emma Goulden (BA3) pointed out - their songs weren't too long - which meant we didn't get bored. Anyway, Friends have been championed by Fearne Cotton on Radio 1, and her opinion is most definitely a valid one. So I will leave you with my favourite Friends track, its called Friend Crush. Here's to many more ULIP gig nights!
Make sure you don't miss this gig on Wednesday 1st February at the Fleche D'Or. Firstly, this is at a great venue, La Fleche D'Or is a converted train station, which is pretty frigging sweet wouldn't ya say. Also, Friends + Theme Park are two great bands not to miss. Friends are a Brooklyn based pop group, rising popularity, good choons bla bla bla etc. However, I reckon Theme Park are the ones to watch. From the same school in London as Bombay Bicycle Club, they retain some kind of indie-pop pedigree. But they are by no means a product of Bombay's fame. Louis Bhose, bassist for Theme Park also happens to play with Bombay...the links between the two bands are fairly obvious. Theme Park's biggest record so far has been "Milk" which sounds like it came straight off an old Bombay EP. Anyhow, they are great band, one of my predictions for bands to watch this year and they are also really really really good live. So get your tickets in advance for only 10 Euros and see you there next Wednesday.
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