FranceRocks in Austin


Come celebrate France’s most up-and-coming music acts and tech start-ups at a SXSW 2014 showcase and party presented by The Cultural Services of the French Embassy in the US, UbiFrance, Institut Francais, and Bureau Export on Tuesday evening, March 11th at Austin’s Trinity Hall. 

Additional support from AirFrance, Austin Angers, BETC, Canal+

Tuesday March 11th, TRINITY HALL – 311 East 5th Street, Austin, Texas 

LYS (9 PM)
LO’JO (10 PM)
SUPERPOZE (Midnight)



Other French Artists @ SXSW Include:




heymoonshakerGenre: Rock, Blues, Beat-Box
“Raw and rousing” – TVBOMB

Heymoonshaker are the unlikely pairing of two art forms that are decades apart: Grit-your-teeth, raw, blues guitar and expansive, heart-pounding beat-boxing. Urbanizing blues music now for nearly 2 years, Andy Balcon and Dave Crowe are extremely talented at their craft but what impresses most and has made their commitment to Beatbox Blues so successful is the indescribable chemistry these two share on stage.

Website – Twitter – Facebook – SoundCloud

US Tour Dates

3/06 – Atwood Tavern – Cambridge, MA
3/07 – Rockwood Hall Stage 2 – New York, NY
3/08 – Cameo Gallery – Brooklyn, NY
3/11 – Trinity Hall – Club France (SXSW) – Austin, TX (9 PM)
3/12 –  OilCan Harry’s (SXSW) – Austin, TX (11 PM)
3/14 – The Lodge (SXSW) – Austin, TX (3:45 PM)
3/15 –  B.D. Riley’s Irish Pub (SXSW) – Austin, TX (11 – 11:40 PM)
3/20 – Bar Pink – San Diego, CA



Jef BarbaraGenre: Alternative w/New Wave, Kraut-Rock, Electro Pop Influences
“Blurring genre and gender lines…all with élan and wit” – BK Vegan

With melodies that are precious without ever sounding ridiculous, an inordinate love for shiny costumes, and a certain talent for Revolution, Jef Barbara is the new Sun King of Electronic Pop. A native of Montreal, the man with an intersex polynym has long been dragging his glitter around underground clubs, at once “everywhere and nowhere,” like a nighttime butterfly awaiting its metamorphosis. Act I saw the release of a an EP in 2009 with his first group, Jef and the be to one’s own detriment, evoked four centuries prior to becoming the gold standard for Pop. Jef Barbara has retained the lesson well.

Website | Myspace | Facebook

US Tour Dates

3/13 – Pop Montréal Presents – Maggie Mae’s (SXSW) – Austin, TX (3 PM)
3/14 – The Velveeta (SXSW) – Austin, TX (12-12:40 PM)


JC-SatanGenre: Alternative/Garage Rock
“Mystical, musical, madness”GetBent.FM

J.C. Satàn is the meeting between the talented kid Arthur (Polar Strong, The Meatards, Crane Angels, etc.) from Bordeaux and Paula from Torino, Italy (DJ and booker of underground shows). They explore the musical landscapes of the Pixies and The Queen of the Stone Age with an original sound with the audacious and perplexing Faraway Land – blowing up the rules of garage music. For fans of Thee Oh Sees, The Feeling of Love, Ty Segall, Queen of the Stone Age, Pixies, Moldy Peaches …

Website | Facebook | Listen | Watch

US Tour Dates

03/03 @ Pehrspace – Los Angeles, CA
03/04 @ The Holland Project – Reno, NV
03/06 @ Chop Suey – Seattle, WA
03/07 @ Foggy Notion – Portland, OR
03/08 @ Vacation – San Francisco, CA
03/09 @ Cafe Nela – Los Angeles, CA
03/10 @ Last Exit Live – Rampage Fest – Phoenix, AZ
03/11 @ Club Congress w/ Ty Segall – Tuscon, AZ
03/12 @ PADRES w/ Ty Segall – Marfa, TX
03/13 @ Hotel Vegas – Levitation Stage, SXSW – Austin, TX
03/14 @ Justine’s, SXSW – Austin, TX
03/15 @ SXSW (TBA) – Austin, TX
03/17 @ Lowbrow Palace – El Paso, TX
03/19 @ Strangers Bar – El Centro, CA
03/20 @ Til-Two Club – San Diego, CA
03/21 @ (TBA) – Los Angeles, CA

La Femme

Genre: Psychedelic Punk Rock with KrautRock/New Wave influences
“They’re chic. They’re from Paris…future of Surf Music?”

The Guardian

La Femme is the perfect example of the success story à la française. La Femme is a small project started in 2010 that escalated quickly in a huge success: at barely 20, its members have toured America, Europe and played in many festivals. Their sound is a wise mix of pop, electronic and new wave : an inventive cocktail that pleases audiences all over the world. In 2013, La Femme released their first album ‘Psycho Tropical Berlin’ and will spend the year touring the world.

Website – Facebook – Twitter – Bandcamp

US Tour Dates

3/07 @ Discover Green Park, French Cultures Fest – Houston, TX
3/08 @ Panther Island Pavilion, Untapped – Fort Worth, TX
3/10 @ The Korova – San Antonio, TX
3/11 @ Club France – Trinity Hall, SXSW – Austin, TX (10 PM)
3/12 @ Lucille Patio, Reeperbahn Showcase, SXSW – Austin, TX  (9-9:40 PM)
3/13 @ Flamingto Cantina, SXSW – Austin, TX
3/13 @ The Iron Bear, SXSW – Austin, TX (1 AM – 1:50 AM)
3/19 @ The Mammal Gallery – Atlanta, GA
3/20 @ Local 506 – Chapel Hill, NC
3/21 @ French Embassy, Washington DC
3/22 @ Olde Club – Swarthmore, PA
3/23 @ Glasslands – Brooklyn, NY
3/24 @ Chez André, Standard Hotel East – New York, NY
3/26 @ Bonfire/Electric Factory – Philadelphia, PA
3/27 @ Rock & Roll Hotel – Washington, DC
3/28 @ Music Hall of Williamsburg – Brooklyn, NY
3/29 @ Bowery Ballroom – New York, NY
3/30 @ TT The Bears – Cambridge, MA
4/01 @ Empty Bottle – Chicago, IL
4/02 @ Slowdown – Omaha, NE
4/03 @ The Summit Music Hall – Denver, CO
4/05 @ Urban Lounge – Salt Lake City
4/07 @ Doug Fir Lounge – Portland, OR
4/09 @ The Vera Project – Seattle, WA
4/11 @ DNA Lounge – San Francisco, CA
4/19 @ Roxy Theatre – West Hollywood, CA
5/02 @ Austin Psych Fest – Austin, TX


Lo'JoGenre: World, North African, Eclectic
“Tom Waits meets Tuaregs. Tasty” – BBC MUSIC

Winners of the 2013 Songlines Music Award, Lo’Jo’s music is built around Denis Péan’s songs, which have been compared to shamanic twins of Tom Waits, he as a Gallic poet brother of Johnny Cash’s later period. Berber sisters, Yamina and Nadia Ned Il Mourid bring rich vocal harmonies and colour to this polyglot sextet, whose cinema travels beyond continents to the margins of outer space, sweeping back onto our doorstep, ours to savor at last.

Website | Facebook | Twitter | Myspace

US Tour Dates

3/11 – Club France Trinity Hall (SXSW) – Austin, TX (11 PM)
3/13 – Flamingo Cantina, WOMEX Showcase (SXSW) – Austin (9-9:40 PM)
3/14   International Day Stage (SXSW) – Austin, TX (4-4:40 PM)
3/14   SpeakEasy (SXSW) – Austin, TX (9-9:40 PM)
3/15 – JohnnyD’s – Boston (Somerville)
3/16 – Joe’s Pub – New York, NY


Lys RockGenre: Rock
“The star of the night was Lys” – Onix Mag

LYS are a French rock band formed in Rennes (Brittany) in 2007. The band has experienced several line-up changes, with frontman, vocalist, guitarist and principal songwriter Nicolas Veron being the only constant member. Spotted in London by Steve Hewitt (drummer & songwriter in the multi-million-selling PLACEBO), the band recorded their first album with the label Warner Music France (BB Brunes, Archive, etc), produced by Steve Hewitt himself and mixed by Paul Corkett (the Cure, Placebo, Bjork, Fiction Plane, Nick Cave & many others).

Facebook | Twitter | Website| Listen | Watch

US Tour Dates

3/07 –Discovery Green Park, French Cultures Fest – Houston, TX
3/08 –Mangoes – Houston, TX
3/11 – Club France, Trinity Hall (SXSW) – Austin, TX (8 PM)
3/13 – Hilton Hotel, Second Play Stage, (SXSW) – Austin, TX (6 PM)
3/15 – Icenhauer’s (SXSW) – Austin, TX (10 PM)


Superpoze3sophiejarryFeb2013Genre: Electro
Instrumental hiphop with no boundary” – MetroPop

Superpoze’s trademark is a well-crafted alloy of harmonious chords, jerky vocal loops, beats and basses, in which originality is in fierce competition with efficiency. Behind his pads and keyboards he easily and instinctively gives shape to personal pieces and remixes that grip your attention.

Facebook | Twitter | Tumbler | Soundcloud | Bandcamp | Instagram | Watch

US Tour Dates
3/11 – Club France, Trinity Hall (SXSW) – Austin, TX (11:59 PM)


TinariwenGenre: World, North/West African

“Effectively refugees thanks to regional conflicts back home in North Africa, their blues are as deep as ever”

–Rolling Stone

The desert is a place of hardship and subtle beauty, a stark world that reveals its secrets slowly and carefully. For the renowned Saharan band Tinariwen, the desert is their home, their hypnotic and electrifying guitar rock reflecting the complex realities of their homebase in North West Africa. The band is set to release their new album Emmaar on February 11th. Emmaar is the follow up to the group’s 2011 album Tassili, recorded in the Algerian desert with an esteemed cadre of musicians including Wilco’s Nels Cline and TV on the Radio’s Tunde Adebimpe and Kyp Malone – the album won a Grammy for Best World Music.

Website | Myspace | Facebook | Listen | Watch

US Tour Dates

3/13 @ Bungalow, SXSW – Austin, TX
3/14 @ Waterloo Records Showcase, SXSW – Austin, TX
3/18 @ High Watt – Nashville, TN
3/19 @ Georgia Theater – Athens, GA
3/20 @ Cat’s Cradle – Carborro, NC
3/21 @ Prince Music Theater – Philadelphia, PA
3/22 @ Sixth & I Historic Synagogue – Washington, DC
3/23 @ Brooklyn Bowl – Brooklyn, NY
3/24 @ Brooklyn Bowl – Brooklyn, NY
3/25 @ Paradise Rock Club – Boston, MA
3/26 @ Ridgefield Playhouse – Ridgefield, CT
3/27 @ Iron Horse Music Hall – Northhampton, MA
3/28 @ Port City Music Hall – Portland, ME
3/29 @ Higher Ground – Burlington, VT