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Arts Calendar / August 29 / Concerts
20:00 Foals (UK)
This UK math rock unit was formed in Oxford in 2005 by Andrew Mears (guitar/vocals, also Youthmovie Soundtrack Strategies), Yannis Philippakis (23 April 1986, Oxford, Oxfordshire, England; guitar/vocals), Jack Bevan (b. 4 October 1985, Wycombe, Leicestershire, England; drums), James Smith (b. 2 August 1984 Reading, Berkshire, England; guitar/keyboards), and Walter Gervers (b. 21 December 1983, Tunbridge Wells, Kent, England; guitar). Several of the band members allegedly dropped out of Oxford University after their first year to pursue their music career, while Philippakis and Bevan had worked together previously in a band called the Edmund Fitzgerald. Mears left following the release of the band’s April 2006 debut single ‘Try This On Your Piano’ to concentrate on Youthmovie Soundtrack Strategies, and was replaced in the line-up by Edwin Congreave (b. 9 June 1984 Leeds, Yorkshire, England; keyboards). In early 2007, they released a live EP through Transgressive Records, with songs such as ‘The French Open’, ‘Hummer’ and the heavily downloaded ‘Mathletics’ showing the band to be an exciting prospect and an energetic live act. The Foals’ fast beat-driven dance sound spliced with a dose of punk rock gained comparisons to bands such as the Rapture and Bloc Party. Their debut album Antidotes was released by Transgressive at the start of 2008. The band’s provocative nature was confirmed by the absence of live favourites ‘Hummer’ and ‘Mathletics’, but the potential and ambition present on the new tracks marked Foals out as one of the year’s brightest prospects.
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21:00 Michael Rother (Germany)
For many fans, musicians, and critics alike the guitarist and multi-instrumentalist Michael Rother is a key figure of the innovative music scene which originated in Germany in the early 1970s. His music has been inspirational for generations of musicians, including David Bowie, Brian Eno, Iggy Pop, DEVO, Sonic Youth, Stereolab, U2, Autechre, Radiohead, and Primal Scream. Rother was a member of Kraftwerk in 1971 and formed the legendary bands NEU! (with Klaus Dinger) and Harmonia (with Hans-Joachim Roedelius and Dieter Moebius of Cluster) before releasing nine solo albums. He also created scores for the feature films Houston and The Robbers. Houston, by German director Bastian Günther, was premiered at the legendary Sundance Film Festival and has since won several awards. Since the official re-release of the NEU! albums in 2001 Rother has played in many countries around the world and collaborated with numerous musicians and bands: John Frusciante, Secret Machines, Benjamin Curtis (School of Seven Bells), Josh Klinghoffer, Red Hot Chili Peppers, FM Einheit (Einstürzende Neubauten), Mick Harvey, Beaches, Dieter Moebius, Boxed In, Paul Weller, and Thurston Moore (Sonic Youth), to name only a few. In October 2015, Groenland Records released the career-spanning Harmonia boxset Complete Works, to which Rother contributed and edited archival recordings of the band. Michael Rother´s current live line-up includes Hans Lampe on drums and Franz Bargmann on guitar. Bargmann is an ex-member of the Berlin-based band Camera. Hans Lampe contributed drumming on the album NEU! ´75 and was a member of La Düsseldorf. At his concert in Moscow, Michael Rother will present the endless fast-forward music typical of NEU!, as well as tracks by Harmonia and solo works.
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