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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:
28.11.14  20:00 Klaxons (UK)
Klaxons are an English new rave pop band, based in London. Following the release of several 7-inch singles on different independent record labels, as well as the success of previous singles "Magick" and "Golden Skans", the band released their debut album, Myths of the Near Future on 29 January 2007. The album won the 2007 Nationwide Mercury Prize. After playing festivals and headlining tours worldwide (including the NME Indie Rave Tour) during late 2006-2007, the band started working on their follow-up album in July 2007. Klaxons' second album, Surfing the Void, was released on 23 August 2010. Their 3rd album, Love Frequency, was released on 16 June 2014. This album is a collection of songs that are more openly emotional and personal than before, according to the group's frontman. The album entered the UK charts at #38. The trio have spent almost three years recording Love Frequency with a cast of "computer music" luminaries including James Murphy, Erol Alkan, Gorgon City and Tom Rowlands of The Chemical Brothers. The band describes their musical style as "acid-rave sci-fi punk-funk" by the NME in Tim Chester's Radar feature and were at the forefront of the New Rave movement. Generally derided by critics, Jamie Reynolds explained New Rave as something that "started as an in-joke and became a minor youth subculture." Read more
Izvestiya Hall 
07.12.14  20:00 Matisyahu (USA)
Since first emerging on the international stage in 2005, Matisyahu has established a reputation for following his muse - from the stripped-down roots reggae of the gold-certified Live at Stubb's to the trippy ministrations of Youth to the polished pop eclecticism of Light. Then, in 2010, he returned to the venerable Austin venue that introduced him for Live at Stubb's II, demonstrating that all those travels had somehow only strengthened his connection to his musical bedrock. It was a whirlwind half-decade journey, one that earned Matisyahu a place in pop culture at large. And it was only the beginning. In December 2012, Matisyahu, whose real name is Matthew Paul Miller, shaved off his beard, explaining on Twitter: "Sorry folks, all you get is me, no alias. When I started becoming religious 10 years ago it was a very natural and organic process. It was my choice. My journey to discover my roots and explore Jewish spirituality - not through books but through real life." Since then, the singer has shed some weight, traded his wire-rimmed glasses for contacts and gotten a major haircut. In 2013, based with his family in Los Angeles, Matisyahu was back in the spotlight with a new clean-shaven look and with a bold new studio album Spark Seeker, that finds the one-of-a-kind vocalist and songwriter exploring uncharted territory with help from an expansive cast of collaborators. "My musical tastes are all over the board," he said in reference to a record that mixes ancient traditional sounds with futuristic electro beats, rapping with singing, songs of the spirit with songs of the body. "And, besides, my music has never been about the outer garment. It's about searching out inspiration wherever it lies. This album is about seeking that spark within." A full performance of songs from Matisyahu's entire repertoire including his latest release, Akeda (2014), which debuted at # 36 on the Billboard 200 are expecting you at this evening which give you a more intimate and personal experience while simultaneously showcasing the simple statement of Matisyahu's songs, incredible vocal range, and beat box talents. Read more
11.12.14  20:00 Einsturzende Neubauten (Germany)
Along with Cabaret Voltaire and Throbbing Gristle, Germany's Einsturzende Neubauten ("collapsing new buildings") helped pioneer industrial music with an avant-garde mix of white-noise guitar drones, vocals verging on the unlistenable at times, and a clanging, rhythmic din produced by a percussion section consisting of construction materials, power tools, and various metal objects. Einstürzende Neubauten were founded by vocalist/guitarist Blixa Bargeld and percussionist/American expatriate N.U. Unruh in Berlin as a performance art collective; their early activities included a seemingly inexplicable half-naked appearance on the Berlin Autobahn, where the duo spent some time beating on the sides of a hole in an overpass. A concert held on April 1st, 1980 at the legendary Berlin club Moon is regarded as the official birth of the Einsturzende Neubauten. An anniversary celebration that took place on April 1st, 2010 at the celebrated Berlin club Tresor clearly expressed that the Einsturzende Neubauten are still among the living even after 30 years of the most intensive music ecstasy. The following outline showing the eventful existence of a lively band indicates why that should not be taken for granted. Einsturzende Neubauten are in studio in the present moment working on an exceptional new album Lament which will be performed in Germany, Holand, Italy and, of course, Russia in current and next years. The title composition of the album was inspired by testimonies of prisoners of war dating from a century ago. Two of the oldest musical forms - the lament and the motet - have also been assimilated into the composition, along with the music of the "Harlem Hell Fighters", the first Afro-American combat troop, who were assigned by the US to the French High Command in World War I. Read more
06.09.14-10.01.15  10:00 Our Body: The Universe Within
Our Body: The Universe Within gives you insight to the inside! Get a true look at the inner workings of the extraordinary human body. This incredible exhibition has been educating and fascinating people the world over! Don't miss it when Our Body: The Universe Within comes to Moscow Vetoshny Art-Center. Our Body: The Universe Within is a once in a lifetime opportunity for the perpetually inquisitive to explore the wonders of the human body. A beautiful and inspiring tribute to who we are. This extraordinary exhibition was designed to educate, enlighten, and allow all who attend to understand the complexities of pur body. Visitors to Our Body: The Universe Within will journey through a fascinating tour of the human body as a whole, then taken through each of the bodies systems to see first hand how each functions and relates to one another. Our Body: The Universe Within exhibit does contain actual human bodies, with eyes and genitals intact. There is also a section about the urinary and reproductive system, with specimens pertaining to those areas. The exhibit is recommended for children age 12 and older. Parental discretion is advised. Read more
Afimall City 
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
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