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Six recent Must-Watch live sessions from Black Pumas, Fever Ray, Arlo Parks, Archive, Philip Selway and Connie Constance

⇥ PUBLISHED ON 12 December, 2023

BLACK PUMAS

At the end of last month, the talented Eric Burton from international sensation Black Pumas (ATO Records) performed at Blogotechque’s Take Away Show with the mesmerising track ‘Angel’.

 

Eric Burton’s voice captured the attention of passers-by as he wondered around playing his guitar on the streets of Strasbourg-Saint-Denis, right in the heart of Paris. His performance of ‘Angel’ left a lasting mark on the people in the neighbourhood and the song has been played on repeat in the area ever since.

 

Watch the session here:

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Fever Ray

The beautifully grotesque, unique and controversial artist Fever Ray, aka Karin Dreijer (Mute) has made a huge impact on the music industry since their debut in 2009. They performed an exclusive Passengers session with ARTE Concert on the 1st of December.

 

The one-hour long concert took place in an abandoned factory in northern France and features a delightful pick of songs from both Fever Ray’s latest album Radical Romantics (2023) and their debut album Fever Ray (2009).

 

Watch the live performance here:

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ARLO PARKS

On the 1st of November, Arlo Parks (Transgressive) realised a long-lived dreams of hers – performing at NPR Music’s Tiny Desk Concert. She opened her set with ‘Blades’ from her second album My Soft Machine and continued with reading excerpts from her book ‘The Magic Border’.

 

Parks’ session also included ‘Eugene’ and the queer love song ‘Pegasus’. She closed the set with the lead single from My Soft Machine, ‘Impurities’. Parks’ expressed her joy of finally being part of the in-person NPR Tiny Desk Concerts: “This session is generally one of the reasons that I decided to make music and I grew up with this session, so it’s really special to be here”.

 

Watch the full Tiny Desk Concert here:

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ARCHIVE

Archive (Dangervisit) recently did an amazing Passengers session with ARTE Concert in Paris. The performance was shot in an industrial warehouse at Grandes Serres de Pantin. Surrounded by flames, the band managed to create a truly post-apocalyptic vibe with captivating aesthetics.

 

Most of the tracks featured in the performance are from their highly acclaimed 2022 album Call To Arms & Angels. Following this epic performance, Archive went on to perform at the Accor Arena in Paris on the 24th November.

 

Watch the full session here:

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Philip Selway

Best known as Radiohead’s longtime drummer, Philip Selway (Bella Union) performed at NPR’s Tiny Desk Concert this month with his brilliant, collaborative and reflective solo record Strange Dance — including songs like ‘The Heart Of It All’, ‘Picking Up Pieces’ and ‘There’ll Be Better Days’.

 

For this Tiny Desk Concert, Selway brought in a fresh group of highly dynamic partners in the form of former Antibalas drummer Chris Vatalaro — “There is absolutely no way I am playing drums in front of Chris, ever,” Selway said as he introduced the band — as well as four members of the brilliant American Contemporary Music Ensemble.

 

Watch the full session here:

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CONNIE CONSTANCE

Last but not least, the Watford-born rock goddess Connie Constance (Play It Again Sam) recently did a Like A Version session for the Australian radio show Triple J, where she performed her powerful indie-banger ‘Miss Power’.

 

The tough-yet-tender ‘Miss Power’ proved Connie Constance to be a major player in the punk/indie scene. Watch her perform the song here, accompanied by a live band:

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