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The Symphonic Works of Serge Gainsbourg with Jane Birkin at Carnegie Hall
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Jane Birkin (and Rufus Wainwright) played ‘Symphonique’ Serge Gainsbourg tribute @ Carnegie Hall (pics, setlist)

Last year, Jane Birkin released Birkin/Gainsbourg: Le Symphonique, a tribute to her late husband and collaborator, Serge Gainsbourg, which puts 21 of his songs to orchestral arrangements by Nobuyuki Nakajima. She brought the Le Symphonique tour tour to NYC last night, playing Carnegie Hall. Surprise guest for the evening was Rufus Wainwright...

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’60s French pop icon France Gall, RIP

One of the icons of the French '60s pop Yé-yé scene, France Gall won the 1965 Eurovision song contest with the Serge Gainsbourg-penned "Poupee De Cire, Pou"pee De Son." She was 70.

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Ava Luna releasing full Serge Gainsbourg covers album (hear a song)

Brooklyn indie rock/funk band are taking on Serge Gainsbourg's 1971 classic Histoire de Melody Nelson, which they've performed live before. We're premiering their take on "Ballade de Melody Nelson."

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Kurt Vile & Courtney Barnett made a playlist of their favorite duets (listen)

Kurt Vile and Courtney Barnett's album of duets, Lotta Sea Lice, is out in two weeks (10/13) and in anticipation of that, the pair made a Spotify playlist of some of their all-time favorite duets. Their list includes Stevie Nicks & Tom Petty's "Stop Draggin' My Heart Around," Marvin Gaye & Tammi Terrell's "Ain't No Mountain High Enough"...

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Jane Birkin playing Gainsbourg tribute at Carnegie Hall (1st U.S. show in 6 years)

"It is a privilege that one of the greatest French writers wrote for me from the age of 20 to 45," Birkin says. "In a way it never stopped. It’s a strange situation. What can I do for him now, even though it’s too late! At least I can wear him, take him with me. Say his words!"

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Ben Gibbard covering Teenage Fanclub, TPOBPAH/Titus covering Tom Petty & more for ‘Sounds Delicious’ vinyl series

Plus: Yumi Zuma covering Oasis' 'What's The Story Morning Glory' and more full-album covers as part of this vinyl subscription series.

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Pitchfork list their 200 best songs of the 1970s

Back in 2004, Pitchfork published their Top 100 Albums of the 1970s list, and today they've returned with the 200 Best Songs of the 1970s. Some of the artists who didn't make the cut on the albums list are now here, like Black Sabbath, Grateful Dead, Bruce Springsteen, Patti Smith...

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Frankie Cosmos and Ava Luna playing Liz Phair and Serge Gainsbourg cover sets for 33 1/3 Northside showcase

The 33 1/3 book series is presenting a Northside showcase featuring cover sets by Frankie Cosmos and Ava Luna at Rough Trade on June 11. Frankie Cosmos is playing songs from Liz Phair's iconic Exile in Guyville (which should suit her style well) and Ava Luna are playing songs from Serge Gainsbourg's 1971 pervy masterpiece Histoire de Melody Nelson...

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listen to a Spotify playlist of the songs used in Aziz Ansari’s great new Netflix series, ‘Master of None’

Aziz Ansari's new Netflix series, Master of None, debuted on Friday and if you were like me you powered through the whole thing over the course of a couple days...

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What’s going on Wednesday? (GOASTT, Jaill, Big Ups, Eszter Balint, Mighty Mighty Bosstones, The Weather Station, more)

You can browse our full NYC show calendar for all of tonight's shows, but here are some highlights...

The Weather Station, Andy Shauf @ Mercury Lounge
Toronto artist Tamara Lindeman made her new album as The Weather Station at a French mansion along the Seine...

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