France Rocks 2014 CMJ Showcase
8 PM – Midnight
32 Mulberry St, New York, NY


8pm: Cleo T

9pm: Andrea Balency

10pm: François Ier

11pm: Olivier Stark

Ages: 21+

All French Artists at CMJ 2014:

Stay tuned to the France Rocks Blog as more artists and updates are sure to come!

andrea balency 1

ANDREA BALENCY is a 22-year-old Mexican-French electro art-rock pop singer who’s supported James Blake, Kimbie and The Cure on tour. Balency’s ‘Walls’ EP is a hauntingly beautiful mix of elegant hooks, soul-tinged indie electro, ethereal soul dubstep and a fairy-like voice. Read More

10/25: Coco66 (10 PM) 


Cleo T

CLEO T opens the curtains on her glamorous chiaroscuro theater in ‘Songs of Gold & Shadow’ recorded by legendary John Parish, and feat. Robert Wyatt. Cleo’s songs blend symbolist harmonies and ancient tones into a dark, delightful romanticism à la Nouvelle Vague. Read More

10/21: Rock Shop (7 PM)
10/24: Bitter End (5 PM)



RONE is one of the most acclaimed French musicians on the electro scene. Now living in Berlin, the artist’s creative juices seem to be flowing like never before, combining a melodic straightforwardness with the firmly harnessed power of analog soundscapes. Read More 

10/17: Music Hall of Williamsburg (8 PM) [Opening for Com Truise]


SOKO crafts impossibly fragile music. Her guitar playing coats her songs’ rhythm like honey, with the intoxicating wooziness of Mazzy Star. Modulating between a gingerly sing-song and a forlorn crackle, Soko is a singer-songwriter who channels art out of her vulnerable heartRead More

10/24: United Palace Theater (8 PM)

10/25: United Palace Theater (8 PM) [Opening for Foster the People]



APOLLINE, a French rock band solidly rooted in seventies and progressive music like Led Zeppelin and Pink Floyd, return to CMJ after 3 shows there in 2013. The band’s sound is penetrating, marked by powerful guitar riffs, harmonic finesse, and a telepathic rapportRead More

10/17: Pianos (7 PM) 
10/20: Arlene’s (7 PM)

10/22: Trash Bar (12:30 AM)

Francois 1er 3FRANÇOIS IER, aka François Giesberger, is an emerging producer from Toulouse of considerable talent. Combining the influences of psychedelic sounds like Pink Floyd with more experimental music, François has quickly bridged visual and sound arts into a unique brand of progressive house with a repetitive and powerful structure specific to modern electronic music. Performing on the most famed stages of Toulouse, François Ier has gained visibility from Mouv’, Trax Magazine, Inrockuptibles, and DJ Mag. He has released two EPs, including “Neptune” in June via Boxon Records. Read More
10/22 @ LE BARON (10 PM)

dj olstark 2DJ OL’STARK A fixture in Paris and on the downtown New York scene, DJ Ol’Stark has been resident DJ at Nublu in the East Village, is a favorite of the very chic Chinatown club Le Baron, and a yearly highlight of the Paris Rare Groove Festival. Before becoming DJ Ol’Stark, Olivier built his reputation as one 90s Paris’ top party organizers. Combining a vast knowledge and influence on both the New York and Parisian scenes, Ol’Stark’s sets are legendary for their eclecticism and unique yet grooving spins. Read More
10/22 @ LE BARON (11 PM

Stay tuned for more artist announcements and updates