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The Month Ahead: Music


British singer-songwriter Ellie Golding

Two acts take their genre experimentations to new places

U.K. multi-instrumentalist singer-songwriter Ellie Goulding’s unmistakable trill and soulful wails finally made it across the Atlantic last year—it remains nearly impossible to turn on a Top 40 station in the U.S. and not hear “Lights”—but she won’t have to travel quite as far when she brings her folktronica-ballad-dance-pop jumble to the legendary Parisian performance venue Le Bataclan on May 2.

Goulding isn’t the only genre blender to cross the Channel this month. Heading in the opposite direction are platinum-selling French electro-swing pioneers Caravan Palace, who perform at London’s O2 Shepherd’s Bush Empire on May 23. They’ll do just fine there: The septet’s new album, Panic, which came out in March, has a contemporary gypsy jazz sound that could best be described as Django Reinhardt meets Daft Punk—two French acts that went over quite well abroad.

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