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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:
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
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25.07.15  12:00 Afisha Picnic: Zemfira, Kiesza (Canada), Hot Chip (UK)
The Afisha Picnic Festival of music, lifestyle and special events returns in Kolomenskoye Estate, the ex-royal estate and one of the most spectacular public park in Moscow, which is filled with historical and architectural treasures, on 25th July 2015. Since its debut in 2004, Afisha Picnic continues to lead the way as a pioneering festival offering a second to none programme of music and arts, leisure and lifestyle activities. Following the concept of a vibrant mix of a professional music festival, with performances of internationally acclaimed artists and distinguished talents coming from the local independent music scene, and a dynamic urban event, Afisha Picnic brings every fraction of the open air and entertainment activity together in one place, providing a very engaging and versatile surroundings for different audiences, either for individuals or families. Afisha Picnic 2015 promises to be an inspirational and entertaining, sophisticated and scintillating one-day festival, that encompasses four components: Music, Market, Entertainment and Food. Music section features a whole bunch of super stars: Zemfira, Kiesza (Canada), Hot Chip (UK), The Horrors (UK), The Gaslamp Killer and many others inluding famous Russian artists Ivan Dorn and Naik Borzov. Read more
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11.08.15  20:00 GusGus (Iceland)
A band from Reykjavik, Iceland founded in 1995. Several lineup changes have occurred, and their current incarnation consists of 3 members (President Bongo, Earth and Biggi Veira). Their music is eclectic, and although primarily classified with techno, trip-hop and house music, they have experimented with numerous other styles. They have also remixed several famous artists, including Bjork, Depeche Mode, Moloko, and Sigur Ros. Added to this they released a song called Desire with Ian Brown in January 2004. Their last album Arabian Horse was released in 2011. GusGus retrace their original influences and have created a dance pop album that equally resonates a forgotten period of early '90's dance pop (think The Beloved), classic house music and urban soul a la Massive Attack. But make no mistake, Arabian Horse does not sound like pure retro in any way. It's deeply rooted in the sound of today backed by one of the most state-of-the-art quality productions Kompakt has released to date. What GusGus have created is a European crossover record that takes in pop, house and techno; a record of hooks to fill not only the clubs, but also your own head. Following best seller Arabian Horse, Birgir Thorarinsson, Daniel Agust, Hogni Egilsson and Stephan Stephensen released their third full-length album Mexico via Kompakt in 2014, where they leaved no stone unturned on their journey to sonic bliss, delving ever deeper into timeless melodies with every subsequent track and stepping further into the future of anthemic pop music. Mexico is a fresh look at how the club electronic music may sound today. In Moscow GusGus are coming with special summer concert. Read more
09.10.15-10.10.15  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. Read more
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15.10.15  20:00 Jonny Greenwood & The London Contemporary Orchestra (UK)
In October 2015 Radiohead guitarist and acclaimed composer Jonny Greenwood will hold a concert with the London Contemporary Orchestra at YotaSpace club in Moscow. Greenwood will perform new music, selections from his film scores (including, most recently, Inherent Vice), as well as songs by other musicans selected in tandem with the orchestra. For example the concert will feature cues from "There Will Be Blood", "Norwegian Wood" and "The Master" alongside new and recent material by Greenwood, and works by Steve Reich, Purcell, J.S. Bach and Edmund Finnis. Greenwood's show with the London Contemporary Orchestra will differ from typical classical music performances in several ways. Instead of sitting in assigned seats, members of the audience were free to move about the space of the club as they wished and can participate in the performance. In an interview with journalist Chris Woolfrey for Boiler Room, Greenwood said about his concert with London Contemporary Orchestra at Royal Albert Hall in Manchester, England, in November 2014: "I felt really high afterwards. Lots of things just seemed to work. Not necessarily the pieces, but the idea of playing them like that. What was good - all these little four or five minutes pieces, and all this faffing around in between, it allowed the audience to talk to each other. There are things that people don't like, and I find it really interesting that you can have that sort of reaction straight away, with certain things not going down well." Although most people's initial musical exposure to Jonny Greenwood came via his hugely distorted guitar crunches on Radiohead's breakthrough single "Creep," Greenwood (not to be confused with his older brother/bass-playing bandmate Colin Greenwood) could be more appropriately described as Radiohead's jack-of-all-trades - a multi-instrumentalist who is as comfortable playing xylophone, sampler, or keyboards (to name just a few) as his uniquely angular guitar lines. Along with Thom Yorke's inimitable vocals, Jonny Greenwood's wide array of unconventional sonic textures helped to define Radiohead's distinctive sound and push the boundaries of their music into unusual and decidedly non-rock directions. Read more
24.10.15  20:30 Fall Out Boy (USA)
Fall Out Boy rose to the forefront of emo pop in the mid-2000s, selling more than four million albums thanks to the band's tabloid-grabbing bassist, able-voiced frontman, and handful of Top 40 hits. The group's four members first came together in suburban Wilmette, a bedroom community just 14 miles north of Chicago, around 2001. Vocalist/guitarist Patrick Stump, bassist/lyricist Pete Wentz, drummer Andrew Hurley, and guitarist Joe Trohman had all taken part in various bands connected to Chicago's underground hardcore scene. Most notably, Hurley drummed for Racetraitor, the furiously political metalcore outfit whose brief output was both a rallying point and sticking point within the hardcore community. As Fall Out Boy, the quartet used the unbridled intensity of hardcore as a foundation for melody-drenched pop-punk, with a heavy debt to the emo scene. They debuted with a self-released demo in 2001, following it up in May 2002 with a split LP (issued on the Uprising label) that also featured Project Rocket, for which Hurley also drummed. Their break-out album, the ambitious From Under the Cork Tree, followed in spring 2005, quickly reaching the Top Ten of Billboard's album chart and spawning two Top Ten hits with "Sugar We're Going Down" and the furiously upbeat "Dance, Dance." The album went double platinum and earned the musicians a Grammy nomination for Best New Artist. Fall Out Boy's underground star status - driven by the especially extroverted Wentz, who also gained exposure with his clothing line, his Decaydance record label (an imprint of Fueled by Ramen), and eventually a celebrity relationship with Ashlee Simpson - had boiled over into the mainstream. They toured extensively, supporting the album with international tours, arena shows, TRL visits, late-night television gigs, and music award shows. Infinity on High, whose title was taken from a line in one of Van Gogh's personal letters, appeared in early February 2007, spearheaded by the hit single "This Ain't a Scene, It's an Arms Race." The album continued Fall Out Boy's streak, debuting at number one on the Billboard charts and going platinum one month later. In February 2013 the band confirmed that the rumors were true: they had reunited for a new album called Save Rock & Roll and an accompanying tour. Save Rock & Roll was released in April of 2013, preceded by the single "My Songs Know What You Did in the Dark (Light Em Up)." In late 2014, Fall Out Boy premiered a new single, "Centuries," the first glimpse of their sixth album, 2015's American Beauty/American Psycho. Produced in part by J.R. Rotem and SebastiAn, it combined Fall Out Boy's core punk-pop sound with elements of electronica, R&B, and hip-hop. Read more
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