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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:
31.01.15  20:00 Die Antwoord (South Africa)
Coming from Cape Town, South Africa, the hip-hop duo Die Antwoord struck Internet viral gold with their video hit "Enter the Ninja," but they're really conceptual artists Watkin Tudor Jones and Yo-Landi ViSSer presenting their "inner zef." Before assuming the roles of Ninja and Yo-landi ViSSer for die Antwoord, the two were involved with satirical projects like MaxNormal.TV - who wore three-piece business suits and delivered motivational hip-hop - and the Constructus Corporation: a hip-hop fantasy group based around a comic book called the Ziggurat. The idea for a more vulgar rave-rap group began in 2008, but it wasn't until a year later that die Antwoord - which is Afrikaans for "The Answer" - began playing live. Their stage show was outrageous with Yo-Landi baiting and flipping off the audience, while Ninja rapped and danced, wearing only his trademark Dark Side of the Moon boxer shorts. That same year they recorded their debut album, SOS, and introduced "Zef," which fused hip-hop, electro, and rave music. A year later, the videos they created for the tracks "Zef Side" and "Enter the Ninja" became viral hits. Read more
Stadium Live 
19.03.15  20:00 Metronomy (UK)
Beginning as a scrappy, lo-fi side project and growing into one of the more creative acts mixing rock and electronic music, Metronomy is the project of London-based multi-instrumentalist and producer Joseph Mount. Named after the musical term for the measurement of time by an instrument, Mount started Metronomy in 1999 as a side project to the other bands he played with, using an old computer that his father gave him to record songs. Metronomy's first full-band lineup also included keyboardist/saxophonist Oscar Cash and keyboardist/bassist Gabriel Stebbing. Prior to Metronomy, Mount and Stebbing played together in bands such as the Upsides, a pop group the pair described as "the original Busted," and the Customers, with whom they played in university. When his cousin Cash joined Metronomy, it became the trio's main project. With a sound inspired by Devo and David Bowie to N.E.R.D. and Pavement, Metronomy earned buzz for their engaging live shows as well as official and unofficial remixes of tracks by Gorillaz, Architecture in Helsinki, Sebastien Tellier, Kate Nash, U2, and Britney Spears. Their debut single, "You Could Easily Have Me," arrived in spring 2005 on the Holiphonic imprint, and the full-length Pip Paine (Pay the £5000 You Owe) was released that summer. Metronomy's The English Riviera (2011) has boasted a sleeker sound than the band's previous work. It was their most commercially successful album to date, reaching number 28 on the U.K. charts, selling more than 60,000 copies, and earning them a Mercury Prize nomination. The album's popularity led to a sold-out show at Royal Albert Hall as well as comprehensive tours of both Europe and North America. Read more
YotaSpace 
20.03.15  19:00 30 Seconds to Mars (USA)
Formed in 1998 by frontman Jared Leto and his older brother, 30 Seconds to Mars found success in the 2000s with a mix of post-grunge, screamo, and hard rock. The band gained a modest audience with its debut album, but it was the platinum-selling sophomore effort A Beautiful Lie that officially opened the flood gates in 2005, securing the band a frequent presence on MTV while paving the way for a number of successful tours. By placing all-access passes into 12 copies of the album, the bandmates also showed a savvy appreciation for marketing, which they revisited several years later by putting fans' photographs on the cover of their third album, This Is War. Initially known for his work as an actor (most notably on the '90s TV drama My So-Called Life, as well as movies like Requiem for a Dream and Fight Club), Jared Leto decided to flex his musical muscles as he approached his 30s. He enlisted the help of his brother, drummer Shannon Leto, and co-founded 30 Seconds to Mars in 1998. The group made its studio debut four years later, releasing a self-titled album whose post-grunge sound showed an affinity for groups like Chevelle and Incubus. Although only modestly successful, the album convinced the bandmates to continue making music in spite of Jared Leto's busy acting schedule, which had filled up with roles in Panic Room, Highway, American Pyscho, and Requiem for a Dream. In 2013 the band returned with "Love Lust Faith + Dreams". This work offers an opportunity to explore the boundaries of rock while drawing inspiration from electronic music in a way that's not necessarily innovative but that feels fresh for these particular musicians. Following to their promise to visit with concerts not only Moscow and Saint Petersburg but also many others cities of Russia, 30 Seconds to Mars will come to us in March and April 2015 in band's new tour "Love + Lust" and perform in 13 Russian cities. The program of the concert will include some songs from "Love Lust Faith + Dreams" and of course such hits as Kings And Queens, This Is War, Search And Destroy, Closer To The Edge and others. Read more
Olimpiisky Sports Complex 
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 band’s 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 "…And The Beat Goes On!", "Our Happy Hardcore" and "Wicked!". During Russian 2013 tour Scooter has visited 13 cities! Read more
Ray Just Arena 
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 
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 
 
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