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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:
22.04.15  20:00 The Baseballs (Germany)
Rock'n'roll, handmade and authentic - that's what The Baseballs are made of. Sam, Digger and Basti and their band have been rockin'n'rollin' around Europe since 2007. The first two albums, Strike (2009) and Strings'n'Stripes (2011) sold a total of over one million albums and the guys held positions in the European charts for weeks: ten Top 10 positions, of these four #1 spots in Finland, Norway, Sweden and Switzerland, earning various awards (4x platinum in Finland, double platinum in Switzerland, platinum in Sweden, Norway and Holland, gold in Germany, Austria and the UK). The Baseballs celebrated their European successes with extensive European tours and at international festivals. In 2011 this climaxed in their winning the European Border Breakers Award and the German Echo Award for The Most Successful Act Abroad. Following the release of the DVD Strings'n'Stripes Live (2012) and Good Ol' Christmas (2012), Sam, Digger and Basti spent 2013 concentrating on their fourth studio album. Parallel to songwriting and studio productions they couldn't live without doing concerts, of course. The season opened in May in Russia and ended in October with two shows in Australia. And now, on March 28, 2014, the time has come for a new album. The Baseballs proudly present Game Day! With hearts still beating to the rhythm of rock'n'roll. The Baseballs expertly combine the best of contemporary sounds with the ingredients of the fifties and sixties. But in contrast to the previous albums, this time the focus is on their own compositions in addition to selected cover songs. Read more
22.04.15  20:00 Charles Aznavour (France)
Charles Aznavour is perhaps the best-known French music hall entertainer in the world - renowned the world over for the bittersweet love songs he has written and sung, which seem to embody the essence of French popular song, and also for his appearances on screen in such wildly divergent fare as Shoot the Piano Player, Candy, and The Tin Drum. His status as the quintessential French popular culture icon is something of an irony for a man who identifies himself most closely with his Armenian heritage. In last year Charles Aznavour announced that he is going to finish his musical career in Russia and performed in Moscow for the last time. But in 2015 he decided to return in our country with his best hits before his 91st birthday. Read more
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25.04.15-26.04.15  20:00 Mumiy Troll
Mumiy Troll, named after the character of Tove Janssonís Moomin Troll books, is one of Russiaís most popular pop rock bands which has gained international popularity as well. It's not that the band possesses a particularly exciting biography, nor does the it really stray far beyond the standards of Russian pop, but somehow the group's music makes the listener think that there is something more complex about both Mumiy Troll and its leader Ilya Lagutenko than what appears on the surface of their songs. Besides Mumiy Troll, Ilya Lagutenko is involved into two more musical projects but nevertheless this band remains his main activity. In February 2015 Mumiy Troll announced about release their new album Pirate Copies (Piratskie Kopii) on April 15. The title track from this brand new EP is "Vitamins" and Ilya Lagutenko has told about it: "If you're prone to impromptu dancing, you need to add this song to your playlist immediately! Dance away my little freaks, dance away!" This fresh track demonstrates the group's ability to keep up with the constantly changing music industry while maintaining the sound they've become known for. In "Vitamins" they don't stray from their dancy rock/pop beats, but do experiment as a band, trippy guitar, drumbeats, and all! Read more
27.06.15  17:00 Ahmad Tea Music Festival: The Libertines (UK)
In 2015 Ahmad Tea Music Festival is also to be held in an open venue, perfect for summer events - the Museon Park of Arts. Sponsored by the popular brand of English tea, the Ahmad festival is a wonderful open-air evening of great British music in a beautiful city center park. The headliners of this year festival will be the British bands The Libertines, The Wombats and East India Youth. The Libertines joined the pop fray of 2002, competing with the likes of the Strokes, Hives, Vines, and Doves with their debut single, "What a Waster." The Bernard Butler-produced track entered the U.K.'s Top 40 in June, leaving NME to crown the Libertines as the best new band in Britain. The double-A-side song "I Get Along" earned Single of the Week on BBC Radio 1. The London-based band, who inked a deal with Rough Trade in December 2001, featured Carl Barât (guitar/vocals), Pete Doherty (guitar/vocals), John Hassall (bass), and Gary Powell (drums). Up the Bracket was released stateside in March 2003 while the single Time for Heroes gained momentum on the U.K. charts. In 2009 Barât and Powell reunited with Pete Doherty for a Libertines reunion at a tribute show for promoter Johnny Sedassy at the London Rhythm Factory, and a year later the full band reunited for gigs at the Leeds and Reading festivals. Most excitingly for Libertines fans, the group's sold-out 2014 shows at London's Hyde Park and Alexandra Palace led the band to work on another album that was due in 2015. The anniversary Ahmad Tea Music Festival will held with previous motto: "There is no life without tea and music" and change its format. Ahmad Tea Literature Summer will present the first experience of the British literature festival in Russia. So Ahmad Tea Music Festival 2015 will be an excellent performance of the summer season. Read more
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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