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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:
26.10.16  19:00 Placebo (UK)
Placebo are an English alternative rock band formed in London in 1994 by Scottish-Belgian singer\guitarist Brian Molko and Swedish bassist\guitarist Stefan Olsdal. Original drummer Robert Schultzberg recorded the band’s self-titled debut album in 1996, but was replaced shortly after by drummer Steve Hewitt (who was Molko’s first choice, but couldn’t accept his invitation due to other commitments). In 2007, Hewitt left the band and was replaced by American drummer Steve Forrest, of band Evaline. He left in 2015 to pursue his side project planes. The band took the UK scene by storm with their gender-bending antics and their inflammatory single “Nancy Boy”, which shot up the UK charts and featured heavy sexual imagery. Whilst leaving a “trail of blood and spunk” across Europe, and with 3 drummer changes over their 21 year history, Placebo have carved themselves a comfortable niche and a devoted fanbase. They currently present as a duo, with Brian and Stef sharing songwriting responsibilities and, occasionally, saliva. Read more
Olimpiisky Sports Complex 
03.11.16  20:00 Poets of the Fall (Finland)
Finnish rockers Poets of the Fall - singer Marko, guitarist Olli and keyboardist Captain - started the band in 2003. "We'd been jamming together in a group all year long, and we'd seen during that time that our styles meshed together nicely, so we started co-writing our songs," - says Marko. The name, Poets of the Fall, comes from the idea that two opposites form a whole, ie. there isn't one without the other, with "Poets" representing the positive side and "the Fall" - the negative. The band's first single was Late Goodbye, written for the acclaimed computer game "Max Payne 2". Reaching millions of people through the game, the song went number one in Finland, and earned the band international recognition and the first prize at the G.A.N.G. Awards in 2004. Their debut album Signs of Life went straight to # 1 on the Finnish album chart in January 2005, and stayed on the chart for over a year. The next album "Carnival of Rust", released in April 2006, also hit the number one spot on its first week, with the debut album still on the official Top 40 chart. To date, both albums have sold platinum in Finland. The third album Revolution Roulette was released in March 2008. It also took the first place on the album chart, and broke the gold record limit in just a couple of weeks after its release. The fourth album Twilight Theater, released in March 2010, sold gold in one week, and made Finnish chart history by giving the band four number one places with their first four albums. Poets of the Fall's latest album Clearview was out in September 2016. Read more
26.10.16-09.11.16 XVII New British Film Festival
As always, this year's New British Film Festival presents a varied programme of films from the best of contemporary British cinema. The programme includes more then 20 films of every genres from comedies and documentaries to dramas and mysteries. The part of the festival is a program of BAFTA nominees - short and animation films. The opening film of the festival is I, Daniel Blake directed by Ken Loach. The film won Palme d'Or, Ecumenical Jury Prize at Cannes Film Festival and Audience Award from Locarno Internatonal Film Festival. This film comes together with documentary Versus: The Life and Films of Ken Loach, directed by Louise Osmond. Will be shown historical drama from Oscar's laureate Asif Kapadia and black comedy from John Michael McDonagh. Promissing debutants, three women directors, meditated on moving to adulthood: Chanya Button in Burn Burn Burn, Hope Dickson Leach in The Levelling and Rachel Tunnard in Adult Life Skills. Guests of the Festival this year will be writer Paul Laverty, actor Brian Cox and director, writer and editor Rachel Tunnard. The main place for festival 2016 in Moscow will be Formula Kino Horizon. This year, the festival also travels to such Russian cities as St. Petersburg, Chelyabinsk, Ekaterinburg, Kaliningrad, Krasnoyarsk, Perm and others. All films will be demonstrated in English with Russian subtitles. Read more
Formula Kino Horizon 
09.11.16  20:00 The Prodigy (UK)
The Prodigy navigated the high wire, balancing artistic merit and mainstream visibility with more flair than any electronica act of the 1990s. Ably defeating the image-unconscious attitude of most electronic artists in favor of a focus on nominal frontman Keith Flint, the group crossed over to the mainstream of pop music with an incendiary live experience that approximated the original atmosphere of the British rave scene even while leaning uncomfortably close to arena rock showmanship and punk theatrics. True, Flint's spiky hairstyle and numerous piercings often made for better advertising, but it was producer Liam Howlett whose studio wizardry launched The Prodigy to the top of the charts, spinning a web of hard-hitting breakbeat techno with king-sized hooks and unmissable samples. Early in 2015 the group announced its sixth studio album, The Day Is My Enemy. Preceded by the single "Nasty," the album featured guest appearances from Sleaford Mods and Flux Pavilion. In July band was announced their biggest tour of Russia in November. Read more
Bud Arena 
17.11.16-18.11.16  20:00 Garbage (USA)
Garbage made their comeback in 2012, returning to action after a seven-year hiatus with Not Your Kind of People. Strange Little Birds arrived four years later - a gap that's just over half the length of their hiatus - and it plays as a continuation of its predecessor, a record that draws a conscious bridge to the band's '90s heyday. If Garbage are no longer opting in with new trends, they're also not grasping at elusive straws from the past: Strange Little Birds is a comfortable record, an album from a band that embraces its signatures and limitations. As they're a group of studio musicians, Garbage still thrill with the possibilities of recording, loading each track with all manner of trickery - showiness that envelops, not alienates. Read more
25.11.16  20:00 Brainstorm (Latvia)
The Story of BrainStorm is that of best friends who grow up together, went to the same school, shared the same dreams and together fulfilled them. Born in Latvia which was then part of the giant Soviet Union, they experienced a Soviet upbringing, the battle for a freedom and were part of the first generation to embrace new possibilities the freedom brought. Experiencing these two radical systems has shaped their musical style. After they conquered the hearts of music lovers in native Latvia and became a household name, the band took a chance on reaching the audiences beyond the borders of their motherland. First internationally released album „Among The Suns” with its catchy single “My Star” in year 2000 proved the ambitions were satisfied. “My Star” finished third in Eurovision Song Contest 2000. Album got released in Europe and particularly Belgians, Scandinavians and Baltic people embraced BrainStorm’s piece of work. „My Star“ for 16 weeks remained on Belgian national airplay charts. Band toured with own sold out shows and played festivals across Europe. During their career BrainStorm have released albums in Europe and Russia, supported bands like R.E.M., The Rolling Stones, Depeche Mode, e.t.c. Read more
Sokol Music Hall 
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