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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:
16.04.21  23:00 Paul van Dyk: Guiding Light
One of the most iconic DJs and producers in dance music history, Paul van Dyk has been synonymous with trance since the mid-'90s. With early productions like his 1993 remix of Humate's "Love Stimulation" and the 1994 classic "For an Angel," he blended minor-key melodies with ecstatic beats, helping to establish the progressive trance sound that would become inescapable by the end of the decade. As dance music increased in mainstream popularity throughout the world, and the phenomenon of superclubs emerged, van Dyk became immensely successful, regularly selling out venues around the globe. He is also politically active and spoke openly against war and initiating a series of releases titled The Politics of Dancing in 2001. Read more
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17.04.21  19:00 Mumiy Troll (Russia)
Taking their name from a character in the famous children's books of Tovi Jansson, Mumiy Troll have become one of Russia's most popular and critically acclaimed contemporary pop/rock acts of the '90s and 2000s. Centered around the offbeat romantic lyrics and intelligent, charismatic presence of songwriter and frontman Ilya Lagutenko, the band has developed separately from the rest of the Russian music scene, opting to work with foreign producers and recording the majority of its work in England. Although experimenting with different musical genres over the years, Mumiy Troll have developed an idiosyncratic sound placed halfway between traditional Russian rock and Brit-pop. The group has participated in various international festivals and music conferences, including SXSW, Culture Collide, Zandari Festa, Mu:Con, Sound City, and Visual Japan Summit.[citation needed] In 2013, they founded their own showcase festival "Vladivostok Rocks" (V-ROX). The festival was dubbed "a small Pacific Woodstock" by Russia Beyond The Headlines. V-ROX was held annually from 2013 to 2019. The 2020 edition of the festival was postponed due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Read more
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15.05.21  23:30 Infected Mushrooms (Israel)
After two decades of making waves in the scene, Infected Mushroom has earned their reputation as a groundbreaking legend within electronic dance music.Twice ranked amongst the world’s “10 Best DJ’s” by DJ Magazine, with streaming numbers in the tens of millions and a cult following of die-hard fans, the LA-based, Israeli-bred duo has created one of the most powerful kingdoms in the world of electronic music. The combined force of Israeli producers Amit “Duvdev” Duvdevani and Erez Eisen, Infected is world renowned for their sonic innovations, genre-defying sound, and unrivaled production quality. This unique, trademark sound is created by hypnotic arrangements, complex layered melodies, and their willingness to experiment with multiple genres. While widely recognized as pioneers of psytrance music, over the years Infected has demonstrated their ability to not only break the rules – but create their own rulebook entirely, and inspire other artists to do the same. Since 1999, they have been on a non-stop worldwide tour, selling out shows and headlining festivals around the globe. Read more
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16.05.21  20:00 Brainstorm (Latvia)
The Story of BrainStorm is that of best friends who grow up together, went to the same school, shared the same dreams and together fulfilled them. Born in Latvia which was then part of the giant Soviet Union, they experienced a Soviet upbringing, the battle for a freedom and were part of the first generation to embrace new possibilities the freedom brought. Experiencing these two radical systems has shaped their musical style. After they conquered the hearts of music lovers in native Latvia and became a household name, the band took a chance on reaching the audiences beyond the borders of their motherland. After they conquered the hearts of music lovers in native Latvia and became a household name, the band took a chance on reaching the audiences beyond the borders of their motherland. First internationally released album „Among The Suns” with its catchy single “My Star” in year 2000 proved the ambitions were satisfied. “My Star” finished third in Eurovision Song Contest 2000. Album got released in Europe and particularly Belgians, Scandinavians and Baltic people embraced BrainStorm’s piece of work. „My Star“ for 16 weeks remained on Belgian national airplay charts. Band toured with own sold out shows and played festivals across Europe. Read more
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18.05.21  20:00 Woodkid (France)
A multi-disciplinary artist, Woodkid's Yoann Lemoine combines towering sonics and ambitious visuals with a yearning for the wonder and innocence of childhood. Alongside his acclaimed work as the director of videos for artists such as Lana Del Rey, Drake, and Rihanna, he developed a moody, sophisticated musical style combining lush strings, stark electronics, and vulnerable vocals that first appeared on 2011's Iron EP. The contrasts within Woodkid's music took on an autobiographical bent on 2013's full-length The Golden Age, an internationally charting album that spawned the single "Run Boy Run" (whose video earned Woodkid a Grammy nomination). Though Woodkid's releases were infrequent -- a "Woodkid Sad Remix" of Pharrell Williams' "Happy" appeared in 2014, and his second EP, Woodkid for Nicolas Ghesquière: Louis Vuitton Works One, arrived five years later -- they were consistently striking, and 2020's sophomore album S16 underscored the singular nature of Lemoine's music. Read more
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27.06.21  19:00 Korn. The Nothing Tour 2021
Korn's cathartic sound positioned the group as one of the most popular and provocative acts to emerge during the 1990s. At the forefront of the nu-metal/rap-rock movement of the time, they quickly evolved, developing a trademark style that incorporated downtuned guitars, a groove-heavy rhythm section, haunted atmospheric production, and dark lyrics courtesy of frontman Jonathan Davis, who grappled with common themes such as childhood trauma, destructive behavior, and inner demons. (They even managed to make bagpipes -- Davis' signature instrument -- menacing.) Their landmark 1994 debut Korn built an underground audience for its follow-up, 1996's Life Is Peachy, which launched the band from the lower reaches of the charts into the Top Three. Just four years after emerging, they owned a number one release: the blockbuster Follow the Leader, home to "Freak on a Leash" and "Got the Life." Closing the decade atop the charts with Issues, Korn remained one of the biggest U.S. rock acts into the 2000s, issuing a string of platinum-certified albums: Untouchables (2002), Take a Look in the Mirror (2003), and See You on the Other Side (2005). After a few directional detours at the close of the 2000s, they made a turn into the electronic world, hiring dance acts including Skrillex to help produce the dubstep-blasted The Path of Totality in 2011. As the 2010s came to a close, Korn showed no signs of settling into a comfort zone; The Paradigm Shift, The Serenity of Suffering, and The Nothing all furthered their sonic development as they attained elder-statesmen status. Read more
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