OYes, it’s gray, the rain depresses you and the prospect of spending a winter at 19 degrees freezes you… All the more reason to warm up your body and your heart in the theaters! This fall, the music will be good there. For those who like to peck, the MaMA Festival brings together in one district (Pigalle in Paris) the finest of young French musical creation. Then, from the soft pop of Ásgeir to the literary rap of Kendrick Lamar, passing through the theatrical experiments of the French feminine (and feminist) scene, the hits of Phoenix, the disco of Juliette Armanet, the oud of Tamino, the contortions by Aloïse Sauvage, the audacity of Lil Nas X and the night of love at L’Olympia… There’s something for everyone. So let’s dance now.
It’s a hybrid show imagined by the collective To be defined in a near future (Élodie Demey, Mélissa Phulpin and Géraldine Sarratia), a musical reading of witches by Mona Chollet (one of the most debated essays on femininity in recent years) by four actresses and two musicians alternating between each performance on stage, including Anna Mouglalis, Aure Atika, Clotilde Hesme, Valérie Donzelli and on the music side Clara Ysé, Fishbach, Mélissa Laveaux… You can get there by metro, on foot or by broom.
Until November 9 at Workshop Theater.
The volcanic Ásgeir
Ásgeir was born into music. His mother is a musician, and his father, a poet, works as a lyricist for many Icelandic bands, including Hjálmar, his other son’s reggae band. Ten years after the release of his first album (which sold the fastest in the history of recording in Iceland), Ásgeir returns with an elegant fourth opus, a soft and comforting electronic folk pop, a little jazzy… And we promises a cocoon concert!
“Time On My Hands” (out October 28 on Because Music). In concert on October 5 at La Cigale (Paris).
The beast of the scene: Aloïse Sauvage
It is in concert that his work takes on its full dimension. The singer – former circus artist (acro-dance specialist trained at the Fratellini Academy), actress (we could see her in Trepalium, Cold War, The Beasts, Evil of Stones, Django and 120 beats per minute) and singer-songwriter, nominated for the Victoires de la musique as a stage revelation – Aloïse Sauvage (yes, that’s her real name) is about to release a second album full of energy, autoune and afrotrap rhythms , on self-acceptance, and on tour throughout France.
“WILD” (out October 7th on Capitol). In concert at La Cigale, Paris, on October 11. 25 other dates in France.
The most cutting-edge festival: MaMA
110 concerts, 9 halls, 3 days, 1 district: the MaMA takes over around fifteen Parisian halls, until Friday. Put on your best sneakers, it’s not a festival but a real running race between Barbès and Place de Clichy that the MaMA invites you to for its thirteenth edition. For three days and three nights (from October 12 to 14), this urban festival will keep all music professionals and Parisian music lovers busy, with 140 conferences (the return of metal, what is a fan today ?) and big debates (do NFTs have a future in music?), before investing, at nightfall, the stages of Pigalle and Montmartre and parading famous artists (Joy.sad, Lulu Gainsbourg…) and less known (Uzi Freyja, C’est Karma, Kalika…). Place your bets !
From October 12 to 14.
The Love Ball
Created by artist André Saraiva and restorers Thierry Costes and Emmanuel Delavennethe Hôtels Amour released their first compilation in June with their musical accomplices Baxter Dury, Film Noir, Busy P… Trained in a series of (full) concerts this summer, they will end in style at L’Olympia, for a unique night with 2 Many Djs, La Femme, Sam Quealy, Breakbot and Ifrane… Love makes you dance.
October 13 at L’Olympia (Paris).
The literary rap of Kendrick Lamar
He is the only rapper to have received the Pulitzer Prize, usually rewarding jazz or classical musicians. But at 35, Kendrick Lamar, who has also won 14 Grammy Awards, is the most consensual of rappers. Whistleblower of Trump and violence against blacks, his commercial success is immense despite his complex soul, funk and jazz melodies. Idolized by almost every musician and music lover in the world (even David Bowie cited him as an influence), five years after the fabulous Damn, he is now putting himself in danger in an autobiographical double album, the result of a vertiginous exploration of his weaknesses, wanderings, sessions with the shrink, infidelities and “daddy issues”… Son of a member of the Gangster Disciples, a gang from Chicago specializing in drug trafficking, Kendrick Lamar grew up in Compton, one of the bastions of crime and rap on the West Coast of the United States. With a virtuosity that left his colleague Eminem speechless, the words escape his lips at a rapid and constant rate on various productions cut with dexterity in a measured chaos. These changes in pace give a sense of urgency to this quest for self inspired by Eckhart Tolle, apostle of “inner transformation”, after the discovery of success and fatherhood.
Accompany him there Beth Gibbons, the singer of Portishead, Ghostface Killah, Thundercat or even the actress Taylour Paige in a frightening reconstruction of a household scene, and even Kodak Black, a criminal rapper convicted of rape, proof that Lamar remains insensitive to cancel culture. “Bite they tongues in rap lyrics / Scared to be crucified about a song, but they won’t admit it / Politically correct is how you keep an opinion” (“Bite their tongues in their rap tracks / Afraid of being crucified about a song, but they won’t admit it / Political correctness, that’s how you keep an opinion”), he castigates bluntly in “Savior”. Here is a pitfall in which he is not about to fall.
Mr. Morale & The Big Steppers (Polydor). In concert on October 21 and 22 at the Accor Arena (Paris).
A bridge between Europe and the Middle East
The tickets for his concerts across the Atlantic were sold out in one day. Behind the hype of Tamino, there is a (beautiful) mouth, a great vocal amplitude descending low in introspection and high in emotion, an English language with a slight accent that is difficult to identify, dark curls on a melancholy look and a ring stuck in the lobe of his ear, giving him an air of Corto Maltese, whereas he is in reality the grandson of the great Muharram Fouad, one of the most famous singers in Egypt.
Buoyed by the success of his first album, this 25-year-old Belgian-Egyptian unites on his second album Sahara, Arabic meaning just before dawn, folk guitars and oriental strings and reconnects with the oud, a type of lute originating in Arab countries that he learned to master with a Syrian refugee in Antwerp. Accompanied by Radiohead drummer Colin Greenwood, his hypnotic and graceful, modern and timeless melodies convey a sense of space and adventure.
Sahar (Virgin). In concert at the Trianon (Paris) on November 21 and 22, 2022.
Return of the Phoenix
The concerts of Phoenix, one of the only French rock bands to be a hit abroad, never disappoint. Why ? Because 23 years after their training at Versailles, the quartet still seems to have as much fun getting together to perform their bouncy hits (“If I Ever Feel Better”, “Lisztomania”, “Ti Amo”, “1901”…) and create haunting new electro-pop-disco melodies, like those of their new opus Alpha Zulu (more information to follow in the pages of the Point) that make us take off like a bird.
“Alpha Zulu” (released November 4 on Loyalty/A+LSo/Glassnote Records). In concert on November 28 and 29 at L’Olympia (Paris).
Lil Nas X: The best cure for bigotry
Never had an openly gay rapper broken into the world. At 23, Montero Lamar Hill, aka Lil Nas X, achieved this feat. And this is not his only miracle! Originally from Georgia, from the Dirty South, he popularized hick-hop, a hitherto rather confidential genre that consisted of incorporating country rhythms into rap songs. The fusion of music stamped “Redneck” and “African-American from the ghetto” was risky. But his song “Old Town Road” featuring Billy Ray Cyrus (Miley’s father) was number 1 on the charts for 19 weeks in a row.
Ready to break other taboos, he dances in a clip with “Satan Shoes”, a line of sneakers published in 666 copies closing with a pentagram. Nike is suing him and American Christians are accusing him of being a devil worshipper. Not intimidated, he settles his accounts in his songs. Homophobes, racists, jealous, bigots and troublemakers of record companies take it for their rank. Named one of the most influential personalities by Forbes, awarded with numerous prizes, supported by Kanye West, Elton John or Miley Cyrus, he will rock the Zenith. Yiha!
Montero (Columbia). In concert on November 14 at the Zénith (Paris).
Set the dancefloor on fire with Juliette Armanet
For her second album, Juliette Armanet (whose first opus, Girlfriend, was crowned “Revelation Album of the Year” at the Victoires de la Musique in 2018) plunged her pen into her desires, accompanied by SebastiAn, Marlon B, Yuksek and Victor Le Masne, to compose a carnal disco album, for laughs , dance, cry, get dizzy under the splinters of a disco ball. “I myself like to dance all night on Manureva, so I like to make people dance! » she confides to the Point. “The title of the album Burn the fire is a haiku that represents something very real to me. This record is about a destructive passion, and either the fire was burning me, or I was burning the fire…” On fiery slows or catchy disco beats, the voice is high, controlled. Live, the result is boiling.
“Burn the Fire” (Romance). Currently on French tour. At the Zénith de Paris on November 23 and 29, 2022.
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