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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:
03.11.14  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. Read more
05.11.14  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. 2011 saw the release of the first song and video compilation Alchemy Vol. 1, and the fifth studio album Temple of Thought hit the stores in March 2012. The singles and videos released from the albums have received lots of plays on radio, TV and the net. Poets of the Fall's last album Jealous Gods was out in September 2014 and "The Jealous Gods Tour" will start in October from the concert in Kyiv, Ukraine. Read more
Ray Just Arena 
07.11.14  20:30 One Republic (USA)
Featuring the anthemic songwriting of Ryan Tedder, OneRepublic rose to prominence in 2007, when "Apologize" began its reign as the most popular digital download in American history. Although the song proved to be a quick success, OneRepublic had spent five years touring the musical minor leagues before its release, with Tedder splitting his time between the band's work and production gigs for other artists. Tedder and Zach Filkins formed the band in 2002 and relocated to Los Angeles shortly thereafter, adding keyboardist Drew Brown, bassist/cellist Brent Kutzle, and drummer Eddie Fisher to the lineup in the process. Nevertheless, OneRepublic's popularity continued to soar on MySpace, and Tedder helped raise the group's profile by penning songs for artists like Blake Lewis and Hilary Duff. Hip-hop producer Timbaland took notice of the group's audience and signed OneRepublic to his own Mosley Music Group, a joint venture with Interscope Records. Timbaland also remixed one of the group's most promising tracks, "Apologize," and included it on his own album, 2007's Timbaland Presents Shock Value. The song quickly became a platinum-selling single in many countries, breaking airplay records in the U.K. and selling an unprecedented 4.3 million digital downloads in America alone. Read more
Stadium Live 
28.10.14-09.11.14 XV 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 films of every genre from comedies and documentaries to musical and historical movies, from dramas and thrillers to short and animation films and there is something for all tastes, with films about relationships, music, social problems, Charles Dickens' muse Ellen Ternan, miner strike in 1984 in Great Britain, religion and others. The festival program also includes the director Mike Leigh's retrospective show. The guests of the 15th New British Film Festival will be actor and director Ralph Fiennes (The Invisible Woman), editor and director Andrew Hulme (Snow in Paradise), producer Gabrielle Tana (The Invisble Woman) and writer and director Michael Whyte (Looking for Light: Jane Bown). This year, the festival also travels to such Russian cities as St. Petersburg and Novosibirsk. All films will be demonstrated in English with Russin subtitles. Read more
Formula Kino Horizon 
17.11.14  20:00 Sarah Brightman (UK)
International singing superstar, Sarah Brightman is the world's biggest selling Soprano. She pioneered the classical crossover music movement and is famed for possessing a vocal range of over 3 octaves. Sarah is the only artist to have simultaneously topped the Billboard dance and classical music charts. Her voice has rung out from theatres, arenas, cathedrals, world heritage centers and Olympic stadiums, bringing to life some of the world's most beautiful music. Sarah's work transcends any specific musical genre, synthesizing many influences and inspirations into a unique sound and vision. Today, she remains among the world's most prominent performers, with global sales of 30 million units having received more than 180 gold and platinum awards in over 40 countries. On September 26, 2012, Sarah released the first track "Angel" from her highly anticipated new album, "Dreamchaser" to be released in April, 2013. Brightman will also begin her "Dreamchaser" World Tour, which will touch upon 5 continents and include over 100 concert dates, kicking off in China in June, 2013. For Brightman, Dreamchaser is the realization of a lifelong journey that began when she was a little girl growing up in Berkhamsted, Hertfordshire, England, dreaming of spectacular, unknowable things. Dreamchaser is Brightman's first collaboration with the producer Mike Hedges (U2, Dido, the Cure), who was deeply impressed by her precision and the scope of her vision. Read more
Crocus City Hall 
21.11.14  20:00 Roxette (Sweden)
Roxette is Marie Fredriksson and Per Gessle, and their game is pop. They entered the cosmic consciousness with The Look in 1989, followed up with the multiple-platinum album Joyride in 1991, and have been on top of the charts somewhere in the world ever since. The constant flow of hit singles and albums have resulted in staggering record sales (55 million albums and 20 million singles) and world tours too big to mention. For almost a decade Roxette was off the world music scene, mainly due to the vocalist's serious illness. But today things have changed radically - in the beginning of 2011 the Swedish band released a new album Charm School and set off on a large-scale tour. Roxette were one of the biggest global pop acts of the '90s, selling over 75 million records around the world and dominating the charts with songs like "The Look," "Listen to Your Heart," "Joyride," and "It Must Have Been Love," all four of which hit the top of the Billboard Hot 100. Hailing from Halmstad, Sweden, Roxette are a duo featuring vocalist Marie Fredriksson and songwriter, vocalist, and multi-instrumentalist Per Gessle. Fredriksson and Gessle first met in the late '70s, when she was a member of the pop combo Strul & Ma Mas Barn and he played with Gyllene Tider, one of Sweden's biggest groups of the late '70s and early '80s. As Roxette, they cut a single in 1986, "Neverending Love," which was a major hit in Sweden, and a number of songs Fredriksson and Gessle had earmarked for her third solo album became the basis of the first proper Roxette album, Pearls of Passion. On April 23, 2014 Roxette officially announced that they are ready to embark on yet another world tour this year. It has been two years since one of Scandinavia's biggest pop exports ever ended their sensational comeback World Tour 2011-2012. A tour that took them around the Globe twice, playing for 1.5 million people in 46 countries on 6 continents! And now it's time for Marie Fredriksson and Per Gessle to bring their string of much loved hits to the world once again. Read more
Crocus City Hall 
21.11.14  20:00 Goran Bregovic and The Wedding and Funeral Band (Serbia)
With a lively ensemble that includes a 4-piece classical string orchestra, a 6-man choir, and two Bulgarian female vocalists, Goran Bregovic & his Wedding and Funeral Orchestra are perhaps the largest, most diverse and most irresistible world music group to hit the world's stage. A household name in his native Balkans for more than three decades as a film composer and rock musician, Bregovic has been broadening his appeal around the world with his ecstatic, eclectic and charismatic style of gypsy dance music. The Spanish paper El Pais described the group as "one of the most beautiful symphonies of Old World Europe... [Bregovic] creates the most breath-taking music on this continent - intense, vigorous, colorful, passionate, exotic, fascinating." Goran Bregovic's album of 2012 Champagne for Gypsies is in reaction to the extreme pressure that Gypsies (Roma) have been experiencing lately across Europe (expelled from France and Italy, houses burned in Hungary, beaten in Serbia). This album is meant to remind us of our favorite gypsy musicians, who left their mark on popular culture around the world. Formally Goran Bregovic & his Wedding and Funeral Orchestra are in their "In Champagne for Gypsies" tour now in support of the album which has inspired composers across the centuries but the Moscow concert has the same expressive new title "Crazy Balkan Party". Read more
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
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