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A Heroic Life

Review: Gainsbourg: A Heroic Life

In this tour de force biopic, cartoonist-filmmaker Joann Sfar uses darkly comic fairy tale elements to illustrate Gainsbourg's creative process.
The life of Serge Gainsbourg
By BETSY SHERMAN  |  October 28, 2011
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French tickler

"The French language is perfect for talking about sex," muses hirsute Parisian singer and electronic-musician Sébastien Tellier.
Voulez-vous coucher avec Sébastien Tellier?
By DANIEL BROCKMAN  |  March 30, 2009

Identity crisis

Black Kids lead singer Reggie Youngblood is relaxed and focused, articulate and unpretentious, polite with a sharp sense of humor.
Black Kids know who they are, even if you don’t
By BEN WESTHOFF  |  May 06, 2008
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Paradis found

Must we still make the case for French pop?
The chanteuse is loose
By CHARLES TAYLOR  |  April 15, 2008
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Voice choices

Julie Hardy and Stacey Kent come at jazz singing from opposite ends of the spectrum.
Stacey Kent and Julie Hardy find two different ways to make singing swing
By JON GARELICK  |  November 19, 2007
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Turning up

Seven times during our 20-minute telephone conversation, Keren Ann Zeidel tells me some variation of “There are no rules.”
The thing about Keren Ann
By JON GARELICK  |  May 29, 2007


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Belinda Carlisle

Belinda Carlisle is about as French as a bag of “freedom fries.”
Voilà | Rykodisc
By JEFF TAMARKIN  |  May 01, 2007
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Pulp friction

Second-generation performers can remind us of their parents in all sorts of unexpected ways.
Charlotte Gainsbourg’s lush for life
By CHARLES TAYLOR  |  November 20, 2006
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Madeleine Peyroux

It's a retro soundscape of acoustic guitars and bass, brushes playing jazz-shuffle rhythms, vintage keyboards, and Peyroux’s lazy Billie Holiday croon.
Half The Perfect World | Rounder
By JON GARELICK  |  October 24, 2006
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Forward into the past!

Could it be just a coincidence that as I sit here writing this, a grizzled Bob Seger is gearing up for the release of Face the Promise , the Detroit rocker’s first proper studio album in, oh, forever and a day? The Lemonheads, "No Backbone" (mp3)
Oldies and more in the season’s CD releases
By MATT ASHARE  |  September 14, 2006
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Broken Social queens

Since rising to indie prominence with 2002’s You Forgot It in People , Canada’s Broken Social Scene have famously perfected the art of spreading themselves far too thin in all the right ways.
Feist reveals her avant side and Stars’ Amy Millan goes solo
By SIMON W. VOZICK-LEVINSON  |  September 11, 2006


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Monsieur Gainsbourg Revisited

Mark up another score for the seductive spirit of Serge Gainsbourg.
Various Artists| Verve Forecast  
By SIMON W. VOZICK-LEVINSON  |  August 01, 2006
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Broken Social Scenester

Headed into the studio next month to record the follow-up to Let It Die , Feist pauses briefly to look back: "Once during a concert I looked down at myself and my legs were covered in blood."
An interview with Leslie Feist
By KURT B. REIGHLY  |  February 09, 2006
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From Chicago to Addis

I know of no single, clear definition of “free bop,” but I think I know it when I hear it, and I’d say no one does it better than the Vandermark 5.
The Vandermark 5 and the Either/Orchestra bring it all back home
By JON GARELICK  |  February 09, 2006