For those folks who live in New York, there is a two-night concert you might want to check out. The show is called France Rocks CMJ Nights, and the lineup is composed entirely of French bands and artists. These bands are all new to me.
After listening to several tracks, the first night seems like the better of the two nights. If I were in New York, I would make a serious effort to catch that show. Each of the acts that night has its own style and genre, but all are talented and interesting. Revolver and Hindi Zahra jump out as the possible stand-outs of the evening. The song "Get Around Town" by Revolver is so bloody catchy. I immediately loved it.
I also really love "Everyday" by The Two. That song features some nice vocals. Speaking of great vocals, check out Hindi Zahra's "The Man I Love." That is one gorgeous song. Sure, the lyrics are simple, but also universal. And her voice will win you over immediately. Her new single, "Fascination," is also really good.
The lineup for the second night doesn't seem quite as strong as the first night, but still worth checking out. Make The Girl Dance's "Baby Baby Baby" is a good club dance tune, and I'd be curious as to what they're like in concert. And keep in mind that there is no cover for either night. (Steve Owen once wrote on a CD for me, "Beer is food; free is good." Indeed.)
Here is the lineup for the two nights:
October 19, 2011
The Lanskies - 8:00 p.m.
Hindi Zahra - 9:00 p.m.
The Two - 10:00 p.m.
Revolver - 11:00 p.m.
Chateau Marmont - midnight
October 20, 2011
Stranded Horse - 9:00 p.m.
The Inspector Cluzo - 10:00 p.m.
Zenzile - 11:00 p.m.
Make The Girl Dance - midnight
These shows are part of the CMJ Music Marathon. The first night will be at the Hiro Ballroom, which is located at 371 W. 16th St. The second night will be held at the Santos Party House at 96 Lafayette St. Both locations are in New York.