New York Loves Nouvelle Vague: A Review Of Last Night’s Show At The Fillmore At Irving Plaza

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With their 3rd album of covers, 3 – or “trois” as chanteuse Melanie Pain put it — out this month in Europe and September in America, Nouvelle Vague played one of the first dates on their current tour at The Fillmore New York at Irving Plaza last night.

While Marc Collin and Olivier Libaux may be the masterminds behind the group’s punk and post-punk interpretations, singers Nadeah and the aforementioned Melanie Pain were the stars of the live show.  Nadeah in particular, was ever-charismatic, glamourously voguing in a sea of filtered violet and deep blue lighting.  Apart from being a photo opportunity, the sober first half mainly showcased cuts from the new album, punctuated by the opening track, “Master & Servant,” and the Violent Femmes’ crowd pleaser, “Blister In The Sun.”

After a couple anti-American numbers, Nadeah took it up a notch by scaling the balcony railing mid-song, side-stepping her way across and back before a security drone pulled her over the side by the wrists. In turn, the energy of the set climbed with hits from Bande A Part and their self-titled debut: including Joy Division’s “Love Will Tear Us Apart,” Public Image Ltd’s “This Is Not A Love Song,” “Too Drunk To Fuck” and an especially fabulous version of “Friday Night Saturday Morning,” which gradually sped up in tempo and worked the audience into a frenzy.  At the end, fan-girls and their dates stomped the floor and screamed for more; Nouvelle Vague obliged with two encores, finally closing with “Bela Lugosis’s Dead” and The Cramps’ “Human Fly.”

Despite a lackluster new album, Nadeah and Co can still headbang and thrash their way through a show, albeit in the most graceful and fetching way imaginable.

Nouvelle Vague’s Upcoming Tour Dates (MySpace)

Novalima’s New Video and Remix Album

Check out Novalima’s “Coba Guarango”, filmed in a small Afro-Peruvian village.

Novalima’s Coba Coba Remixed – out now – is an exhilarating collection featuring 14 new remixes by top DJs and producers from around the world. Filled with fresh beats, heavy bass, and chilled out grooves, all fans of globally-inspired dance and electronic need this album.

Click here to stream or purchase the full album now!

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Laura Izibor Gets Leaked on VH1

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Check out Laura Izibor on VH1′s The Leak and preview her new album Let The Truth Be Told. If you’re feeling the new CD, don’t miss her live show when she comes through your town!

UPCOMING TOUR DATES:
Jun 10  8:00P Pontiac Garage @ House of Blues Dallas, Texas
Jun 12  8:00P Vinyl Atlanta, Georgia
Jun 15  8:00P World Cafe Live Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
Jun 16  8:00 PKennedy Center Millenium Stage Washington, Washington DC
Jun 17  8:00P S.O.B.’s New York, New York
Jun 20  8:00P CBS Saturday Morning Show New York, New York
Jun 20  11:30P Joe’s Pub Late Show New York, New York
Jun 22  8:00P House Of Blues Chicago, Illinois
Jun 23  8:00P Palm Beach Improv West Palm, Florida
Aug 26  6:00P Billboard Live Osaka Early Show Oaska
Aug 26  9:00P Billboard Live Osaka late Show Japan
Aug 28  7:00P Billboard Live Tokyo Early Show Japan
Aug 28  9:00P Billboard Live Tokyo Late Show Tokyo
Aug 29  7:00P Billboard Live Tokyo Early Show Tokyo
Aug 29  8:00P Billboard Live Tokyo Late Show Tokyo
Sep  5  8:00P Electric Picnic TBC Portlaoise, Louth
Sep 13  8:00P Bestival Isle of Wight Isle Of White, Channel Islands

Afropean Artist Zap Mama’s ReCreation + Tour Dates

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Vocalist and songwriter Marie Daulne aka Zap Mama‘s 7th project ReCreation is out now on Heads Up International, featuring Bilal, G. Love, actor Vincent Cassel (La Haine, Ocean’s Twelve) and several others.

To honor mothers around the world, Zap Mama’s teamed up with CARE and will donate a percentage of the proceeds from the iTunes download of  “Hello To Mama,” the first single.

In the developing world, one woman, every minute of every day, dies giving birth. CARE helps reduce persisting high maternal mortality in the world’s poorest countries.  For more regarding CARE and its partnership with Zap Mama, visit: www.care.org/zapmama.

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