Friday, March 05
Doors 8pm / Show 9pm
$17 to $30
18+ SHOW / ID REQUIRED
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The L’Impératrice show originally scheduled for April 3, 2020 has been rescheduled and will take place on March 5, 2021. All tickets purchased for the April 2020 performance will remain valid for the new date, so please hang on to your original ticket for entrance.
The deadline to request a credit or refund for this show has passed. Visit Lyte to see if this show is eligible for return or exchange through their platform.
If you are interested and able to donate, consider putting the cost of your ticket toward the TC Music Community Trust’s Entertainment Industry Relief Fund in support of individuals in need. All funds donated will directly impact someone who has lost a gig due to COVID-19 and its effect on the industry. The outpouring of words of encouragement and monetary donations thus far has been incredible, and we thank you for your continued support of the Twin Cities music scene. Donation link and more information can be found here.
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L’Impératrice’s debut album arrived in 2018 all the pomp and circumstance of a coronation. “Impératrice” is French for “Empress”, and if their moniker is the most difficult thing to grasp for anglophones, then musically there’s nothing that doesn’t translate. The Parisians draw from a range of genres, from ’70s space disco to downtempo ’90s synth pop, taking in French film composers like François de Roubaix and Michel Legrand along the way. “Albums that sold 500 copies in the 1970s are the records that interest us most,” they say. Matahari is a glittering, cinematic summation of six years hard work that draws on some of the finest found sounds and forgotten sonic fandangos hiding in crates across the land, all given L’Impératrice’s own inimitable 21st century twist.
What began as the project of one disaffected culture journalist is now, some six years later, a six-headed beast. Charles de Boisseguin had carved out a niche for himself as a respected journalist. Bylines all over France’s most respected music weekly Les Inrockuptibles sufficed for a time, and he and some friends started Keith magazine in 2007 in homage to culture’s greatest Keiths, from Richards to Haring. As a critic, Boisseguin had a burning conviction that he could no longer disparage the works of others until he had a go himself. And so one beautiful spring morning in 2012 he made the jump and L’Impératrice was born. The poacher had turned gamekeeper.
Early productions were modest. Boisseguin traded in his poisoned pen for a Moog synthesizer and cut his teeth on GarageBand. This inchoate noise was still some way from becoming the chimerical analog disco monster that has enchanted so many ears in France, but a strong feminine sound began to emerge nonetheless, which eventually beget the name. A self-titled EP arrived on cool Parisian underground dance label Cracki in October of that year, and by then Boisseguin was getting the hang of being a musician. The eponymously-titled track that opens the EP features slick jazzy motifs conflated with some old-skool hip hop flow. It won instant plaudits and set the tone for future successes.
The band grew by stealth, with Hagni Gwon arriving on claviers, David Gaugué on the bass and Tom Daveau on the drums, soon turning a one-man project into a gang. Chanteuse Flore Benguigui’s arrival gave their sophisti-pop sound a tangible femininity that had always been there as an undercurrent. Achille Trocellier on guitars became the final piece of the puzzle. L’Impératrice’s signed to microqlima in 2016. EPs such as Odyssée and Séquences received critical adulation.
Then came a first glimpse of the long-awaited album in 2017 – with ‘Erreur 404’ – a lead single that
Cost: $17 to $30
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