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Sebastien Tellier with Chairlift @ The Independent, 04/17/09

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Despite representing France at Eurovision 20081, having songs featured on TV shows as widely watched as Ugly Betty and playing to sold out crowds nationwide, Sebastien Tellier is, in the United States, surprisingly obscure. The question "who?"2 must have been asked about 40 times in the weeks prior to the show, and we eventually gave up putting him into broader context; instead, we simply said "imagine if Giorgio Moroder and Prince were surgically grafted to one another. Only sleazy."

Somehow, even with his total rejection of common sense regarding personal attractiveness and, (as will be discussed below), a performing rawness bordering on "intentionally amateurish", he manages to put it all together into complete and total brilliance that must be seen to be believed. Such was the case on April 17th when, along with opening act Chairlift, he performed in front of a packed house at San Francisco's Independent Theater for his pre-Coachella warm up/final date of the Sexuality tour3.