There was little to indicate that an actual musical was being performed. The many wardrobe changes and monologues that pontificated on death and sexual debauchery and were delivered by young men in fabulous suits did little to create a narrative or establish any dramatic structure. Instead, those factors created a heightened sense of cultural subversion and erotic tension.

The erotic interplay between vocalists Mareva Galanter and Adrienne Pauly was so enticing that surely all of the couples in attendance were regretting their choice for date night. When Galanter and Pauly appeared in respective black and red leather dresses and hurtled into the first chorus of "Guns of Brixton," their self-restraint seemed to be rapidly dissipating; by the time they arrived at "Human Fly," their vocals, dancing, and facial expressions were on the cusp of sexual abandon. This crescendo repeated throughout the 22-song set, lending it enough dynamics and variety to remain compelling. - [SF Gate<]

Kitschy French cover artists Nouvelle Vague are currently on tour with their musical, "The Dawn of Innocence," which strings together many of their bossa nova new wave covers into a sex-and-death filled narrative. (Or something.) Sounds like fun. The tour hits NYC on 10/25 at Irving Plaza. Tickets are on sale now.

All tour dates are listed at the bottom of this post, along with a few videos.


"Dawn of Innocence"

Nouvelle Vague - "Don't Go" (Yaz)

Nouvelle Vague -"Love Will Tear Us Apart" (Joy Division)

Nouvelle Vague -"Dancing with Myself" (Bill Idol)

Nouvelle Vague - 2012 Tour Dates
2012-10-11 Rio Theatre Santa Cruz, CA, USA
2012-10-13 Club Nokia Los Angeles, CA, USA
2012-10-14 Bimbo's 365 Club San Francisco, CA, USA
2012-10-15 Wonder Ballroom Portland, OR, USA
2012-10-16 Commodore Ballroom Vancouver, BC, Canada
2012-10-17 Neptune Theatre Seattle, WA, USA
2012-10-20 The Bottom Lounge Chicago, IL, USA
2012-10-21 Beachland Ballroom Cleveland, OH, USA
2012-10-22 The Opera House Toronto, ONT, Canada
2012-10-23 Le National Montreal, QC, Canada
2012-10-24 Petit Champlain Québec, QC, Canada
2012-10-25 Irving Plaza New York, NY, USA sup. Yasmine Hamdan
2012-10-27 Royale Boston, MA, USA sup. Yasmine Hamdan
2012-10-28 9.30 Club Washington, DC, USA sup. Yasmine Hamdan
2012-10-30 Cat's Cradle Carrboro, NC, USA
2012-10-31 The Masquerade Atlanta, GA, USA
2012-11-01 The Social Orlando, FL, USA
2012-11-02 Grand Central Miami, FL, USA
2012-11-16 HMV Hammersmith Apollo London, UK