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Moscow's cultural scene is famously enormous and varied - but where to start? Our arts-savvy editorial team trawl what's on offer, to bring you our selection of Culture Picks for your leisure time. Current and upcoming recommendations are:
27.03.15  20:00 Scooter (Germany)
The significant Germany band Scooter is returning in Moscow with new songs and new show in their "T5C Tour" which is dedicated to the new album's release. Scooter took the world by storm in 2008, conquering all before them - not only in Germany, but also in the UK, where they swept the competition aside on their way to the top of the charts. International superstars most definitely sat up and took notice - Scooter were officially number one in the motherland of pop, a just reward for the bandís unflinching graft and sticking to their own guns for all these years. To list their countless successes would take up more space than most artists need for their entire biography. Over 25 million sales and more than 80 gold and platinum awards all over the globe underline their extra-special status. Scooter are a rare phenomenon, staying at the top for well over a decade without losing their golden touch, their energy levels as high as the day they started! Always ready to think outside the box, they have even crossed musical boundaries to collaborate with legends like Status Quo. Scooter are one of a very few German acts to have shaped the musical landscape at home and abroad for more than a decade, without losing any of their energy or freshness. You either love Scooter or you hate them - either way, their style is the antithesis of boring! Scooter founding members H.P. Baxxter, Rick J. Jordan, Michael Simon and Jens Thele, have turned that name into a worldwide phenomenon. Music for a Big Night Out is the latest Scooter's studio album at this moment. 2013 was the year to celebrate band's 20th anniversary. And on tour 2013 Scooter played new material and of course their old hits from such early albums as "ÖAnd The Beat Goes On!", "Our Happy Hardcore" and "Wicked!". During Russian 2013 tour Scooter has visited 13 cities! Read more
Ray Just Arena 
27.03.15  20:00 65daysofstatic (UK)
Focusing on instrumental post-rock with live and electronic percussion, 65daysofstaticis based in Sheffield, England. The band, whose name originates from an unreleased John Carpenter film, formed in 2001 as a trio (Joe Shrewsbury, Paul Wolinski, and Iain Armstrong). Armstrong left in May 2003 and by the end of the year Rob Jones (drums) and Gareth Hughes (bass) were added. The band released six studio albums: The Fall of Math (2004), One Time for All Time (2005), The Destruction of Small Ideas (2007), We Were Exploding Anyway (2010) and the last one Wild Light (2013), and also a live album Escape from New York (2009) and some EPs. Current lineup includes Joe Shrewsbury (guitar), Paul Wolinski (guitar, programming), Rob Jones (drums), Simon Wright (bass, programming). To describe 65daysofstatic is not an easy task. Indeed, most who have tried can merely hint at the depths these guys reach with their wide-open sounds, melding seamless guitar shapes with ferocious drum'n'bass styled beats, live drums and computer glitch. A soundtrack to a new dimension, where rock, dance and electronica are equals. A refreshing glimpse into the future at a time when the music industry has arguably been far too obsessed with all retro things. 65daysofstaticis are on tour right now with 10th anniversary show of their The Fall of Math. The set-list of the Moscow concert will consist all songs from The Fall of Math which had considerable praise of critics. Read more
YotaSpace 
12.04.15  20:00 Robbie Williams (UK)
Out of all the members of Take That, Robbie Williams never really seemed to fit in. Roguishly handsome where his bandmates were merely cute, Williams was tougher and sexier than the rest, which made him more distinctive. He also fought regularly with the other members and their management, primarily because he was occasionally adverse to being so heavily packaged. So it didn't come as a surprise that he was the first to leave the band, departing early in the summer of 1995 to pursue a solo career (by some accounts, he was fired from the group). About his brand new "Let Me Entertain You Tour" Robbie Williams has announced with a YouTube video, which saw him sport his iconic "Let Me Entertain You" make-up. "Let Me Entertain You Tour" kicks off in March 2015 and will see Robbie return to countries he hasn't visited for a while as well as head to others he'll be entertaining for the very first time. 2015 will go down in history as the year of the triumphant world "Let Me Entertain You Tour" by Robbie Williams! Read more
Olimpiisky Sports Complex 
17.04.15  20:00 Lamb (UK)
After a five year hiatus, LAMB, the duo Andy Barlow and Lou Rhodes, reformed in 2009. To say this reunion was a success would be a gross understatement. By January of 2010, Lamb had played 33 shows to hundreds of thousands of fans in 29 different countries. Lou vividly recalls a particularly reflective conversation with Andy at the end of this tour. Over the course of their four critically acclaimed studio albums, Lamb had grown from a modest duo from Manchester to a formidable touring force, with each subsequent album building on the sonic palette of the one that came before. By the time they'd released 2003's Between Darkness And Wonder, Lou and Andy were supervising complex orchestral arrangements and multiple cowrites with bassist Jon Thorne and guitarist Oddur Mar Runnarson. If they were going to return to the studio, they'd have to return to the essence of what Lamb was: two creative spirits, hungry, unfettered by commercial pressure and desperate to make new music. Lou and Andy have always had a spirited working relationship - often playing the yin to the other's yang, especially early on in their careers - but it's that juxtaposition of kinetic, beat-driven programming and transcendental melody that's provided the crux of their inimitable sound. These days, with families of their own and a bit more shared life experiences between them, their visions have coalesced. Time has stripped away pretense and preciousness. Not only has the path ahead been more clearly illuminated, but the gift of hindsight has proven invaluable. The recording of Lamb's final album became so frustrating and cumbersome that Andy admits to times where he dreaded returning to the studio. Read more
YotaSpace 
20.04.15  19:00 System of a Down (USA)
Like many late-'90s metal bands, System of a Down struck a balance between '80s underground thrash metal and metallic early-'90s alternative rockers like Jane's Addiction. Their dark, neo-gothic alternative metal earned a cult following in the wake of the popularity of such likeminded bands as Korn and the Deftones. Vocalist Serj Tankian, guitarist Daron Malakian, bassist Shavo Odadjian, and drummer John Dolmayan formed System of a Down in Southern California in the mid-'90s. They quickly earned a strong following in Los Angeles, largely based on strong word of mouth. A three-song demo began circulating through metal collectors, and their fan base soon spread throughout not only America, but Europe and New Zealand. By the end of 1997, the group had signed to American, then distributed by Columbia Records. American/Columbia released the group's eponymous debut album in the summer of 1998, securing the band opening spots on the Slayer and Ozzfest tours. System eventually went gold, and set up the September 2001 release of the even more ambitious Toxicity. System's second effort was another heavy music triumph, shaming the majority of their nu-metal competition and running away with multi-platinum honors. By 2004, System of a Down was back in the studio with Rick Rubin. The bold result of those sessions was a single, epic album released in two parts. Mezmerize/Hypnotize kept System's furious creativity alive, incorporating the wild vocal melodies, lyrical passion, and rabid structural shifts that had become their trademark. Read more
Olimpiisky Sports Complex 
22.04.15  20:00 The Baseballs (Germany)
Rock'n'roll, handmade and authentic - that's what The Baseballs are made of. Sam, Digger and Basti and their band have been rockin'n'rollin' around Europe since 2007. The first two albums, Strike (2009) and Strings'n'Stripes (2011) sold a total of over one million albums and the guys held positions in the European charts for weeks: ten Top 10 positions, of these four #1 spots in Finland, Norway, Sweden and Switzerland, earning various awards (4x platinum in Finland, double platinum in Switzerland, platinum in Sweden, Norway and Holland, gold in Germany, Austria and the UK). The Baseballs celebrated their European successes with extensive European tours and at international festivals. In 2011 this climaxed in their winning the European Border Breakers Award and the German Echo Award for The Most Successful Act Abroad. Following the release of the DVD Strings'n'Stripes Live (2012) and Good Ol' Christmas (2012), Sam, Digger and Basti spent 2013 concentrating on their fourth studio album. Parallel to songwriting and studio productions they couldn't live without doing concerts, of course. The season opened in May in Russia and ended in October with two shows in Australia. And now, on March 28, 2014, the time has come for a new album. The Baseballs proudly present Game Day! With hearts still beating to the rhythm of rock'n'roll. The Baseballs expertly combine the best of contemporary sounds with the ingredients of the fifties and sixties. But in contrast to the previous albums, this time the focus is on their own compositions in addition to selected cover songs. Read more
YotaSpace 
22.04.15  20:00 Charles Aznavour (France)
Charles Aznavour is perhaps the best-known French music hall entertainer in the world - renowned the world over for the bittersweet love songs he has written and sung, which seem to embody the essence of French popular song, and also for his appearances on screen in such wildly divergent fare as Shoot the Piano Player, Candy, and The Tin Drum. His status as the quintessential French popular culture icon is something of an irony for a man who identifies himself most closely with his Armenian heritage. In last year Charles Aznavour announced that he is going to finish his musical career in Russia and performed in Moscow for the last time. But in 2015 he decided to return in our country with his best hits before his 91st birthday. Read more
Crocus City Hall 
25.04.15-26.04.15  20:00 Mumiy Troll
Mumiy Troll, named after the character of Tove Janssonís Moomin Troll books, is one of Russiaís most popular pop rock bands which has gained international popularity as well. It's not that the band possesses a particularly exciting biography, nor does the it really stray far beyond the standards of Russian pop, but somehow the group's music makes the listener think that there is something more complex about both Mumiy Troll and its leader Ilya Lagutenko than what appears on the surface of their songs. Besides Mumiy Troll, Ilya Lagutenko is involved into two more musical projects but nevertheless this band remains his main activity. In February 2015 Mumiy Troll announced about release their new album Pirate Copies (Piratskie Kopii) on April 15. The title track from this brand new EP is "Vitamins" and Ilya Lagutenko has told about it: "If you're prone to impromptu dancing, you need to add this song to your playlist immediately! Dance away my little freaks, dance away!" This fresh track demonstrates the group's ability to keep up with the constantly changing music industry while maintaining the sound they've become known for. In "Vitamins" they don't stray from their dancy rock/pop beats, but do experiment as a band, trippy guitar, drumbeats, and all! Read more
YotaSpace 
15.07.15  20:00 Kasabian (UK)
Kasabian is an English rock band formed in Leicester in 1997. The band's original members were vocalist Tom Meighan, guitarist and backing vocalist Sergio Pizzorno, and bassist Chris Edwards. The band's line-up was completed by Jay Mehler in 2006, replacing guitarist Christopher Karloff, and drummer Ian Matthews in 2004 after a string of session drummers. Kasabian has released four studio albums - Kasabian (2004), Empire (2006), West Ryder Pauper Lunatic Asylum (2009), and Velociraptor! (2011). The band's music has been described as a mix between The Stone Roses and Primal Scream with the swagger of Oasis. Their music has won them several awards and recognition in the media, and their live performances are generally lauded. In last year Kasabian was a headliner of Russia's brand spanking new SVOY Subbotnik Festival, an open air festival in Moscow's Gorky Park. Kasabian's performance was a culmination of the festival. This summer the band will be more powerful, more load, more charismatic! Read more
Stadium Live 
 
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