Ooh La-La Festival
The French want us Angelenos to pay attention to what they're doing over there, apparently. It's not enough that Parisian dirty electro and house found its American footing in Los Angeles, and that Justice, Busy P and the entire Ed Banger posse practically lived here last year (to say nothing of Kitsune). No, there's more to 21st-century French music than Daft Punk and its imitators, and the first annual Ooh La L.A. Festival, which takes place over three days, seeks to stamp that declaration on our foreheads. Wednesday's opening night features Sebastien Tellier, the song stylist who moves from soft piano ballads to funky electro tracks with grace and ease; doing a similar tightrope walk is Gonzales, whose work first as a dance producer (Peaches, Feist, Jamie Lidell) has given way to more formal, structured songs; and Cocoon, a two-piece that makes gorgeous, tense, ambient tracks with minimalist beats and a shocking sense of the mysterious. Thursday's installment features Hollywood, Mon Amour, a side project of Nouvelle Vague that trades in updated versions of soft rock and disco cheese; electronic pop chanteuse Emilie Simon; and French rockers the Do. Friday, the French showcase what they've been doing best for the past decade: making awestruck Angelenos wish they were in a Paris dance club. Brodinski, the Shoes (no, not the power-pop band) and Jamaica (a.k.a. Poney Poney) do it to it. Will L.A. transplant Thomas Bangalter of Daft Punk be there checking out his countrymen? You'll never know.
Sept. 23-24, 7 p.m., 2009
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