On Écoute: Alain Souchon

Evergreen, ever wistful chanteur rides on. Award-winning Alain Souchon, performing in his trademark skinny black tie with shirt unbuttoned at the neck, is in no danger of declining in popularity. Casablanca-born and raised in Paris, diminutive...

On Écoute: Charles Aznavour

Perhaps France’s greatest ever singer-songwriter Charles Aznavour sang of love, but also of nostalgia and the tragedy of lost youth. Here we revisit a musical master. Born to a French-Armenian family in Paris in 1924, Charles...

On Écoute: French Kiwi Juice

Liquid beats for the beach (or anywhere, really) Why French Kiwi Juice? Because the man behind the moniker, Vincent Fenton, is half French and half Kiwi. The more you know! Just like his name, the tunes...
Erik Satie

On Écoute: Erik Satie

Rediscovering the 19th-century maverick Lambasted by some and lauded by others, Satie's work (and outlandish behaviour) divided public opinion. A “phonometrographer”. That's how Erik Satie described himself – not as a musician, but as someone who...

On Écoute: L’Indécis

Unwind with the chill-hop master For those unfamiliar with chill-hop, welcome to your initiation. C'est simple. Find a snug nook, slip on your best pair of headphones and sink into sensory bliss – this is...

On Écoute: Justice

A Look at France's Electro Dream Team Not a far cry from Daft Punk, Justice is, like their better-known predecessor, an electronic music duo hailing from Paris – and one of France's greatest exports from...

On Écoute: Stuck in the Sound

Cartoon astronauts and '90s heroes Let's begin with an origin story. Formed in Paris in 2002, indie rock band Stuck in the Sound is made up of four nostalgia-prone men in their 30s (ish): José...

On Écoute: Indochine

Celebrating the new-wave luminaries Most folk who grew up in the 1980s remember Indochine with the same misty-eyed sentiment. Hugely popular in their native France, and subsequently the rest of Europe, they remain well known...

On Écoute: Olivia Ruiz

We celebrate the charming chanteuse With her bright red lips and chocolate locks, Olivia Ruiz is instantly recognisable – a force of nature whose sultry, foot-stomping performances break out of the nouvelle chanson mould. The...

Nuit Blanche in Paris is Back, and Bigger Than Ever

Paris is set for its customary annual art all-nighter and it’s promising to be better than ever. On the first Saturday of October, the city stays up all night for ‘Nuit Blanche’, a major...