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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:
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
Stadium Live 
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
16.10.15  20:00 Within Temptation (Netherlands)
Masters of elegance, melodrama and symphonic grandeur, "Within Temptation" are one of the most distinctive and charismatic bands to emerge from the metal scene in recent times. The band has come a long way in the last fifteen years. From their humble beginnings, the Dutch band has now sold over 3.0 million CDs and DVDs world-wide, making them not only Holland's biggest selling musical export but also one of the biggest rock acts internationally. Formed in 1996 around the nucleus of guitarist Robert Westerholt and vocalist Sharon den Adel, ably assisted by bassist Jeroen van Veen, Within Temptation released their debut album Enter. The Dutch quintet set out to create music that would strike a sublime balance between the bold, evocative sweep of cinema soundtracks and the brooding, gothic splendour of the finest dark-hued rock and metal of the modern age. The band exploded into the mainstream spotlight across Europe upon the release of their second album, Mother Earth, in 2000. Since then, they have gone from strength to strength selling in excess of 2.8 Million CDs & DVDs with releases in 48 countries, receiving 30 Gold and Platinum awards and 4 Export Awards of the Netherlands as well 2 MTV European Music Awards, 2 World Music Awards and others. Seventeen years later they've released their latest album Hydra. Read more
Crocus City Hall 
24.10.15  19:00 Kosheen (UK)
A legendary British trio Kosheen was in Moscow in 2014 with their album Independence. In October 2015 Kosheen will perform all the best hits for their 20-years career. Since forming in the late 90's, a band comes along that doesn't just ignore the rule book, but rewrites it. Kosheen have proved that success doesn't have to come on someone else's terms. The drum'n'bass trio molds something sophisticated and complex, and their hypnotic breakbeats took their native U.K. by storm at the close of the 90s. Fronted by Welsh-born singer and songwriter Sian Evans and Bristol dance natives Darren Decoder and Markee Substance, Kosheen's meeting arrived in 1998. Evans was invited by Decoder and Substance to lay down some guest vocals and something clicked. A unit had been solidified and Kosheen immediately began work on their hip-hop and soul-driven sound. The debut single "Hide U" grabbed hold of the dance circuit in mid-2001, later earning Kosheen honors for Best Single at the Drum & Bass Awards in the U.K. BBC Radio 1 raved about it nonstop and trance guru John Digweed was already spinning Kosheen tracks such as "Suicide" and "Catch" into his club sets. Already poised to take over electronics's ever-changing world, Kosheen's debut album, Resist, was issued in their native land in the fall of 2001. Two years later the more rock-leaning Kokopelli came out, and in 2007, after some delay, the trio's third full-length, Damage, which sought to meld the drum'n'bass of Resist with the guitars of their second record, hit shelves. In 2012 Kosheen released their 4th album Independence. This album was mostly a solid electro album and partly a vastly enjoyable rollercoaster ride composed of drum and bass, lounge and house with pieces of rock-like guitar work and production in which Kosheen have truly summarized what their name meant and mean today and with a glimpse on the future. Then, in 2013, Kosheen's studio album Solitude was released. Read more
Izvestiya Hall 
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
Stadium Live 
29.10.15  20:00 Tokio Hotel (Germany)
The emo-pop quartet Tokio Hotel emerged in 2005 as one of the most successful German acts of their generation. Scoring three number one singles with their debut album, Schrei, the teen musicians also found an international audience for their music, eventually going platinum in multiple foreign countries. Twin brothers Bill and Tom Kaulitz had formed the group in their native Magdeburg in 2001, when the siblings were just 12 years old. With drummer Gustav Schäfer and bassist Georg Listing rounding out the lineup, the band toured aggressively and signed with Universal in 2003. Although they had initially called themselves Devilish, the foursome adopted a new moniker - Tokio Hotel - in tandem with the deal. Composed primarily by Bill Kaulitz - the band's eye-popping, androgynous frontman - with help from a series of high-profile songwriters, Schrei was preceded by the August 2005 release of Tokio Hotel's debut single, "Durch den Monsun." Teenage girls quickly embraced the band with puppy-love fervor, and by the end of the month the song had topped the German pop chart and its Austrian counterpart. The follow-up singles "Rette Mich" and "Der Letzte Tag" also hit number one, although the former song was later re-recorded to account for Kaulitz's post-pubescent vocal changes. After the singer wrapped up his contributions to filmmaker Luc Besson's animated fantasy Arthur and the Minimoys, Tokio Hotel returned to the studio to complete work on their 2007 follow-up album, Zimmer 483. That June, the band also released their first English language recording, Scream, whose tracklist was comprised of songs from Schrei and Zimmer 483 that had been translated and re-recorded. Scream was released in the United States one year later. Tokio Hotel recorded two versions of their third album, Humanoid, to account for both their German and English-speaking audiences. Featuring production by the likes of the Matrix, Guy Chambers, and Desmond Child, the album was released worldwide in 2009 and topped the German charts, becoming the band's third album to do so. Meanwhile, the group also released a DVD, Tokio Hotel TV: Caught on Camera, that documented their busy year in 2008. The concert album Humanoid City followed in 2010. After some years Tokio Hotel is coming back in Moscow with their Kings of Suburbia album (2014) which has gold status in Russia. The fans in Europe, USA and Latin America have saw Tokio Hotel's amazing show. It's time for Moscow to enjoy it! Read more
Izvestiya Hall 
31.10.15  20:00 Limp Bizkit (USA)
The rap-metal outfit Limp Bizkit was formed in Florida in 1994 by vocalist Fred Durst and his friend, bassist Sam Rivers. Rivers' cousin John Otto soon joined on drums, and guitarist Wes Borland completed the original foursome (later supplemented by DJ Lethal). After Korn played the Jacksonville area in 1995, bassist Fieldy got several tattoos from Durst (a tattoo artist) and the two became friends. The next time Korn were in the area, they picked up Limp Bizkit's demo tape and were so impressed that they passed it on to their producer, Ross Robinson. Thanks mostly to word-of-mouth publicity, the band was chosen to tour with House of Pain and the Deftones. The label contracts came pouring in, and after signing with Flip/Interscope, Limp Bizkit released their debut album, Three Dollar Bill Y'All. By mid-1998, Limp Bizkit had become one of the more hyped bands in the burgeoning rap-metal scene, helped as well by more touring action - this time with Faith No More and later, Primus - as well as an appearance on MTV's Spring Break '98 fashion show. The biggest break, however, was a spot on that summer's Family Values Tour, which greatly raised the group's profile. Limp Bizkit's much-anticipated second album, Significant Other, was released in June 1999, and it and the accompanying video for "Nookie" made the group superstars. Significant Other debuted at number one and had sold over four million copies by year's end, also helping push Three Dollar Bill Y'All past the platinum mark. Durst, meanwhile, was tapped for a position as a senior vice president at Interscope Records in early July. However, in the midst of this massive success, controversy dogged the band following that summer's performance at Woodstock '99. In the wake of the riots and sexual assaults that proved to be the festival's unfortunate legacy, Durst was heavily criticized for egging on the already rowdy crowd and inciting them to "break stuff." Not only was at least one mosh-pit rape reported during the group's set (in addition to numerous other injuries), but the ensuing chaos forced festival organizers to pull the plug in the middle of their show. Even though Limp Bizkit's performance took place the day before the infamous festival-closing riots, the band was raked over the coals in the media, who blamed them for touching off the spark that inflamed a potentially volatile atmosphere. Read more
Stadium Live 
05.11.15  20:00 Emir Kusturica & The No Smoking Orchestra (Serbia)
No Smoking was a punk-infused band established in Sarajevo, in 1980, under the Serbo-Croatian moniker "Zabranjeno Pusenje." Lead singer and songwriter Dr. Nelle Karajlic was a bit of a thorn in the side of the post-Tito government in Yugoslavia. The band's debut album "Das ist Walter" (1984), sold surprisingly well, and spawned the hit "Zenica Blues," which boasted sales of 100000. But the ruling forces weren't about to let Zabranjeno Pusenje repeat that success, hence a crackdown prevented widespread album sales and concerts appearances from taking place. At that time, filmmaker and punker Emir Kusturica joined the band as their bass player and stayed long enough to record "Pozdrav iz Zemlje Safari" in 1987. In 1994 young musicians, including Kusturica's son Stribor Kusturica (drums) joined the band and soon they released a war victims' dedication "Ja Nisam Odavle" (1997). Besides using No Smoking's compositions in the films (Black Cat White Cat, 1998), Emir Kusturica re-joined the band, this time as a guitarist. In 2000, the newly titled Emir Kusturica & the No Smoking Orchestra released "Unza Unza Tim." "Unza" refers to the unique amalgamation of sounds comprising their repertoire. The number of countries where they performed increased rapidly and their performances became more explosive. And after more than 500 concerts in 30 countries (Russia, Ukraine, Lithuania, Latvia, Spain, Portugal, Sweden, Switzerland, Israel, Latin America) Emir Kusturica and the No Smoking Orchestra planed a new project Time of the Gypsies: Punk Opera in 2007. The Best of Emir Kusturica and The No Smoking Orchestra album was appeared in 2009. And the musicians play such the best songs at their concerts around the world in some last years and always make glad their fans by new compositions and covers. Read more
11.11.15  20:00 W.A.S.P. (USA)
One of the heavier bands to come out of the early-'80s L.A. metal scene, W.A.S.P. quickly rose to national infamy thanks to their shock rock image, lyrics, and live concerts. Unfortunately, once the novelty and scandal began to wear off, the band found it difficult to expand, or even maintain, their audience by relying only on their music. Leader Blackie Lawless (bass/vocals) was already a rock & roll veteran when he relocated to the West Coast and founded W.A.S.P. with guitarists Chris Holmes and Randy Piper and drummer Tony Richards. The band soon established a reputation as a ferocious live act, thanks in large part to Lawless' habits of tying a semi-naked model to a torture rack and throwing raw meat into the audience. And with the release of their self-explanatory independent EP, Animal (F**k Like a Beast), W.A.S.P. became impossible to ignore. They signed to Capitol Records, and with songs like "I Wanna Be Somebody" (an absolute anthem to blind ambition) and "L.O.V.E. Machine" leading the way, their self-titled 1984 debut was an instant success. W.A.S.P. took their horror show on the road, and their momentum continued to build with the following year's The Last Command, which featured new drummer Steven Riley and the band's biggest hit, "Blind in Texas". Later that year, the band gained even more prominence as one of the biggest targets of Tipper Gore and the P.M.R.C. (Parents' Music Resource Center), a group of Washington housewives leading a crusade against violent, sexist song lyrics. Though the incident (which included Senate hearings on the issue with guest speakers as disparate as Frank Zappa, John Denver, and Dee Snider from Twisted Sister) would cause more publicity than actual results, it served to make W.A.S.P. a household name - for good and for worse. Read more
Ray Just Arena 
20.11.15  20:30 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 
24.11.15  21:00 Slash (USA)
Much to the delight of old and new fans, the lead guitarist for Guns N' Roses' resume builds along with his worldwide fan base. Since making history and amassing global sales in excess of 100 million units with Guns N'Roses, returned with Slash's Snakepit in 1994, followed by Velvet Revolver's two hit LPs, 2005's Contraband (for which the single, "Slither" won a Grammy for Best Hard Rock performance) and 2007's Libertad. Finally, Slash reemerged with his groundbreaking, guest-star studded 2010 solo debut. In 2011, Slash was honored by the Hollywood Chamber of Commerce who named him as an official selection to receive a star in 2012 on Hollywood's iconic Walk of Fame. After making numerous session appearances and lending his laid-back, six-string genius to an eclectic mix of artists which include Michael Jackson, Ray Charles, Stevie Wonder, filmmakers Quentin Tarantino and Darren Aronovsky; not to mention Guitar Hero III: The Legend of Rock and co-authoring a bestselling memoir - the question begs: What's next for the London-born, L.A. schooled kid who discovered his musical soul when his father played him the Beatles, Stones and Yardbirds? Read more
Ray Just Arena 
08.09.15-01.12.15 Michelangelo: The Creation
A new sensational multimedia show entitled "Michelangelo. The Creation" will open at Moscow's Artplay Design Center on September 5, 2015. The press-show will held on september 3, 2015. The exhibition will be, for the first time, bring alive Michelangelo's masterpieces as the artist's magnificent frescoes from the Sistine Chapel ceiling as well as The Last Judgement, painted during the Renaissance era on the altar of the Chapel, will be projected onto large screens. The show will also feature other works by the Italian genius while a full-sized replica of his David will be installed at the entrance to Artplay from the Yauza embankment. The exhibition is brought to you by Artplay Media, a new department of the Artplay Design Center set up to produce projects in new media genre. Read more
Artplay na Yauze 
03.12.15  20:00 Kreator (Germany)
Arguably the most influential and successful European thrash metal band ever, Germany's Kreator are also by far the most enduring. Like many of their European speed metal brethren, Kreator fused Metallica's thrash innovations with Venom's proto-black metal imagery, sparked it with Motörhead's balls-out velocity, and capped it off with the nihilistic outlook typical of heavy metal since the seminal days of Black Sabbath. Kreator's career also mirrored speed metal's rising and waning fortunes: building from strength to strength throughout the 1980s, only to fall on hard times in the 1990s. Now seemingly reborn in their third decade of activity, Kreator are certified worldwide superstars who still tour as widely and frequently as bands half their age - now that's resilience. Originally named Tyrant, and then Tormentor, Kreator were founded in 1982 by vocalist/guitarist Mille Petrozza, bassist Rob Fioretti, and drummer Jürgen Reil (aka Ventor) in the industrial capital of Essen, Germany. They were still known as Tormentor when their first two demo tapes, one fittingly named Blitzkrieg (1983), and the other End of the World (1984), fell into the hands of thousands of heavy metal fans engaging in the era's bustling underground tape-trading network. Positive word of mouth soon attracted the attention of Germany's own metal start-up, Noise Records, which signed the newly re-christened Kreator to a deal and immediately put them to work on their first album. Recorded in just ten days at Berlin's Musiclab Studios, 1985's Endless Pain was a savage debut, but its crude thrashing quickly had the underground metal world abuzz with excitement. A second guitar player, Wulf, was hired for touring purposes, and with Kreator's reputation preceding them, lucky fans within the band's modest touring radius were soon clamoring for tickets. Read more
Ray Just Arena 
09.12.15  19:00 Bring Me the Horizon (UK)
Fronted by a tattooed clothing designer and influenced by death metal, grindcore, and emo, Bring Me the Horizon aren't the average deathcore band. The group was formed in 2004 from the ashes of several Sheffield-based outfits, with the 2003 Disney film Pirates of the Caribbean serving as the inspiration for the band's name. Singer Oliver Sykes, guitarists Lee Malia and Curtis Ward, bassist Matt Kean, and drummer Matt Nicholls initially established their own label, Thirty Days of Night, to release their debut EP, 2005's This Is What the Edge of Your Seat Was Made For. Upon signing to the higher-profile label Visible Noise (whose roster also included Bullet for My Valentine and Lostprophets), they reissued the EP to a wider audience. Bring Me the Horizon's full-length debut, Count Your Blessings, appeared in October 2006, with an American release following one year later courtesy of Epitaph Records. With their second album, Suicide Season, Bring Me the Horizon moved in a more accessible direction and wound up cracking the U.K. album charts. Not everyone approved of the new sound, though, and Ward left the band in early 2009. His temporary replacement was Jona Weinhofen, formerly a member of I Killed the Prom Queen. Weinhofen ended up staying with the band as a permanent member, and the group returned to the studio with producer Fredrik Nordström in March 2010 to begin work on a third album. The resulting There Is a Hell, Believe Me I've Seen It, There Is a Heaven, Let's Keep It a Secret was released during the latter half of 2010, several months after the band wrapped up its engagement with the Warped Tour. A fourth album, the more atmospheric Sempiternal, arrived on Epitaph in 2013. Read more
Olimpiisky Sports Complex 
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