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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:
29.09.17  19:30 Plaid (UK)
British electronic music duo from London Plaid was composed of Andy Turner and Ed Handley. They were founding members of The Black Dog and used many other names, such as Atypic (Andy Turner) and Balil (Ed Handley), before settling on Plaid. Plaid can be definitely attributed to the first wave of the IDM trend in music, they started their musical career along with such pioneers of the genre as Autechre, Aphex Twin, Boards of Canada. Plaid have always differed from their colleagues with their lighter, more warm and melodic sound. They have collaborated with female singers Mara Carlyle, Nicolette and Björk, and have released records on the labels Clear, Peacefrog, Black Dog Productions, and Warp Records (along with Trent Reznor's label Nothing Records). Plaid is generally described as IDM and has been referred to by some critics as "post-techno." Note that IDM is a term used in America for what was referred to as Ambient Techno in Britain during the early to mid-1990s and later as Electronic Music. They are known to employ a variety of time-signatures in their music and often create syncopated beats and melodies using a variety of real instruments and samples. Read more
Brooklyn Hall 
27.09.17-09.10.17 American Film Festival 2017
Amfest is a yearly parade of all things fresh and original made across the pond, a festival celebrating independent and auteur cinema of America. A lot of themes and subjects touched upon by the films of Amfest 2017, a new iteration of the annual American cinema festival, would seem quite familiar to both the audience of long-standing festival and any connoisseur of American cinema. There is a couple of New York comedies in the shape of Woody Allen-esque dramatic panorama of everyday life in Person to Person and romantic comedy The Boy Downstairs featuring Zosia Mamet, one of the stars of HBO’s Girls. There are stark genre reports from the far less glamorous outskirts of American local life, such as Katie Says Goodbye, a wrenching drama of American dream gone wrong in small-town New Mexico, and Sweet Virginia, a gripping slice of moody neo-noir set in the harsh wilderness of Alaska. Then there’s Porto, a dreamy meditation on love, romance and loss, framed as a European voyage undertaken by an American, played in one of his final performances by the late Anton Yelchin. The festival is to open with the latest Doug Liman film American Made featuring Tom Cruise, a hard-to-believe real-life drama of a pilot who went on to smuggle drugs for both CIA and South American drug lords. Read more
Formula Kino Horizon 
19.10.17  20:00 Iggy Pop (USA)
Iggy Pop is considered to be one of the most important innovators of punk and related styles. Iggy Pop is the beating heart of rock ‘n’ roll. Since 1969, his whirling, explosive live performances have set a standard that 99 percent of rock artists have utterly failed to meet. He is sometimes referred to by the nicknames "the Godfather of Punk" and "the Rock Iguana", and is widely acknowledged as one of the most dynamic stage performers of rock. Iggy Pop was the lead singer of The Stooges, a late 1960s/early 1970s garage rock band who were influential in the development of the nascent heavy metal and punk rock. The band’s history’s is as complicated as Iggy’s own – they had worked together, they worked apart, and they are working together again...Fate has a way of putting things into an interesting context. When it was announced that Iggy Pop would be collaborating with Josh Homme of Queens of the Stone Age, the music press buzzed with anticipation about the project. What would the proto-punk icon and the snarky hard rock smart guy come up with? The surprise answer is, in many respects, 2016's Post Pop Depression, an unwitting but loving tribute to Pop's friend and collaborator David Bowie. Post Pop Depression arrived two months after Bowie's death, and was completed before his health problems became common knowledge. More than anything, though, this music evokes the sound and feel of Pop's first two solo albums. Read more
Stadium Live 
05.11.17  20:00 Poets of the Fall (Finland)
Finnish rockers Poets of the Fall - singer Marko, guitarist Olli and keyboardist Captain - started out their musical adventure from scratch in 2003. Marko sold everything he had to invest in pursuing the love of his life, music, with his buddies Olli and Captain. He moved into his folks' basement, when he couldn't keep a place of his own any longer. The guys then built a little studio of their own in Captain's living room for the recording and producing sessions, and kept an office in Olli's beat up old car. The result of the recording sessions was a blend of pop, rock, metal and industrial sounds. Later the guys were joined by guitarist Jaska, bassist Jani and drummer Jari. 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 earned the guys international recognition and the first prize at the G.A.N.G. Awards in 2004. Read more
Stadium Live 
26.11.17  20:00 H.I.M. (Finland)
H.I.M., the Finnish metal rockers, have announced they will break up after 26 years of being together. H.I.M. will set out on a final tour, starting in June and heading all the way through until December of this year. Following a long radio silence, Finnish rock giants H.I.M. have announced a farewell tour, closing the final chapter on their 26 year career. “After quarter of a century of Love and Metal intertwined we sincerely feel H.I.M. has run its unnatural course and adieus must be said in order to make way for sights, scents and sounds yet unexplored. We completed the pattern, solved the puzzle and turned the key. Thank you.” Says frontman Ville Valo. Formed in 1991 by vocalist Ville Valo, guitarist Mikko “Linde” Lindström and bassist Mikko “Migé” Paananen, H.I.M. truly stand out as one of the rock world’s most unique acts. Beautifully blending metal, goth and hard rock with deep, thoughtful and moving lyrics, H.I.M. offered the world a new take on the metal genre, which became known as Love Metal (also the title of their fourth album). Over the course of eight studio albums, H.I.M. captured the hearts and minds of fans across the globe, drawn by their irresistible and inimitable style. Under the banner of their Heartagram logo – a potent symbol encapsulating the juxtaposition of the light and dark, the fierce and forlorn, and the evil and love found in their music – H.I.M. filled venues and crashed charts the world over, collecting numerous awards, gracing countless magazine covers and becoming the first Finnish act to achieve Gold status in the USA. Read more
Stadium Live 
 
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