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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:
19.10.17  20:00 Iggy Pop (USA)
Iggy Pop is considered to be one of the most important innovators of punk and related styles. Iggy Pop is the beating heart of rock ‘n’ roll. Since 1969, his whirling, explosive live performances have set a standard that 99 percent of rock artists have utterly failed to meet. He is sometimes referred to by the nicknames "the Godfather of Punk" and "the Rock Iguana", and is widely acknowledged as one of the most dynamic stage performers of rock. Iggy Pop was the lead singer of The Stooges, a late 1960s/early 1970s garage rock band who were influential in the development of the nascent heavy metal and punk rock. The band’s history’s is as complicated as Iggy’s own – they had worked together, they worked apart, and they are working together again...Fate has a way of putting things into an interesting context. When it was announced that Iggy Pop would be collaborating with Josh Homme of Queens of the Stone Age, the music press buzzed with anticipation about the project. What would the proto-punk icon and the snarky hard rock smart guy come up with? The surprise answer is, in many respects, 2016's Post Pop Depression, an unwitting but loving tribute to Pop's friend and collaborator David Bowie. Post Pop Depression arrived two months after Bowie's death, and was completed before his health problems became common knowledge. More than anything, though, this music evokes the sound and feel of Pop's first two solo albums. Read more
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18.10.17-22.10.17 Danish Wave. 9th Danish Film Festival
Denmark is doing just fine, both in terms of its living standards and its cinema. Or so it would seem; a fairy-tale land, no less. And yet progressive filmmakers set out to look for Denmark’s dark sides and fearlessly go straight to the heart of that darkness. They cross borders and risk their lives shooting in real-life hotspots. They use the magic mirror of cinema to journey to various dark corners of Denmark’s past. Every one of the 7 films of this year’s Danish Wave program cuts deep. Passionate retro of Der kommer en dag and chamber thriller of 3 Ting, World War II drama of Fugleve over sundet and unflinchingly modern documentary De sidste maend i Aleppo about the Syrian tragedy, brutal action of Underverden and twitchy psychological journey of Aminas breve. Even the ironic family story of Mesteren inevitably turns hot-blooded drama. These films clearly show that indifference would be the last thing anyone would ever suspect the Danish of. To remain indifferent to these stories is mission impossible. Read more
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28.10.17  20:00 Kasabian (UK) + Slaves (UK)
Kasabian took the British press by storm in the early 2000s by mixing traces of the Stone Roses, Happy Mondays, and Primal Scream with Oasis-sized confidence and DJ Shadow-influenced electronics. Named after Linda Kasabian, Charles Manson's getaway driver-turned-state witness, the Leicester-based group also stole a page from the Band by moving into a remote farmhouse to brew its music. Communal life and a slew of shared influences produced an electronic, rock-oriented sound that harked back to the Madchester days of baggy pants and druggy dancing. Kasabian expanded that sound on later albums, but the band's foundation remained rooted in swaggering, fragmented dance textures and boisterous rock & roll. With his acerbic approach to interviews, swaggering lead singer Tom Meighan quickly became a darling of the press during the band's infancy, and Kasabian's revolutionary logos and sleeve art only added to the excitement. In early 2017 the band issued a pair of brand new singles, "You're in Love with a Psycho" and "Are You Looking for Action," in anticipation of the release of their much-anticipated sixth studio album, For Crying Out Loud, which dropped later that May. If everything you wanted to know about Kasabian is already recorded in the classic of rock'n'roll, then the hardcore punk duet Slaves barely celebrated its second release. Two British rock formations, which in different years won the "Best Concert Group" nomination according to NME magazine, will begin a joint European tour in Moscow. Read more
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27.09.17-29.10.17 American Film Festival 2017
Amfest is a yearly parade of all things fresh and original made across the pond, a festival celebrating independent and auteur cinema of America. A lot of themes and subjects touched upon by the films of Amfest 2017, a new iteration of the annual American cinema festival, would seem quite familiar to both the audience of long-standing festival and any connoisseur of American cinema. There is a couple of New York comedies in the shape of Woody Allen-esque dramatic panorama of everyday life in Person to Person and romantic comedy The Boy Downstairs featuring Zosia Mamet, one of the stars of HBO’s Girls. There are stark genre reports from the far less glamorous outskirts of American local life, such as Katie Says Goodbye, a wrenching drama of American dream gone wrong in small-town New Mexico, and Sweet Virginia, a gripping slice of moody neo-noir set in the harsh wilderness of Alaska. Then there’s Porto, a dreamy meditation on love, romance and loss, framed as a European voyage undertaken by an American, played in one of his final performances by the late Anton Yelchin. The festival is to open with the latest Doug Liman film American Made featuring Tom Cruise, a hard-to-believe real-life drama of a pilot who went on to smuggle drugs for both CIA and South American drug lords. Read more
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05.11.17  20:00 Poets of the Fall (Finland)
Finnish rockers Poets of the Fall - singer Marko, guitarist Olli and keyboardist Captain - started out their musical adventure from scratch in 2003. Marko sold everything he had to invest in pursuing the love of his life, music, with his buddies Olli and Captain. He moved into his folks' basement, when he couldn't keep a place of his own any longer. The guys then built a little studio of their own in Captain's living room for the recording and producing sessions, and kept an office in Olli's beat up old car. The result of the recording sessions was a blend of pop, rock, metal and industrial sounds. Later the guys were joined by guitarist Jaska, bassist Jani and drummer Jari. 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 earned the guys international recognition and the first prize at the G.A.N.G. Awards in 2004. Read more
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11.11.17  20:00 GusGus (Iceland)
GusGus was initially formed in 1995 as a film/music collective. This spawned a short film and a critically acclaimed best selling album in Iceland. After striking a deal with 4AD in 1996 they became one of the most sought after electronic music acts out of Iceland. With the release of Polydistortion (4AD/Warner) in 1997, GusGus solidified their worldwide status to sold-out shows all over the world. GusGus has had a span of nearly two decades in which they have done nearly every style of electronic influenced music. From techno to trip-hop, from house to progressive house/trance to pop, this collective has made each style their own. The current line up consists of founding members: Biggi Veira and Daníel Ágúst. With their latest release “Mexico” in 2015, GusGus once again present the audience with magical soundscapes that go from synth-pop “Obnoxiously Sexual” to deep techno “Mexico” to progressive house “Airwaves” and the chart topping stomper “Crossfade”. The combination of the vocal artistry of Daníel Ágúst and the raspy melodic voice of Högni Egilsson (also a member of indie band Hjaltalín) surrounded by mesmerizing electronics, haunting grooves, with subtle string and brass arrangements blending in, creates a very unique and powerful sound produced by mastermind Biggi Veira which has been leaving audiences clamoring for more. The band has just released the first track, "Featherlight", from there forthcoming album, "Lies are more flexible", sceduled for release in fall 2017. Read more
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26.11.17  20:00 H.I.M. (Finland)
H.I.M., the Finnish metal rockers, have announced they will break up after 26 years of being together. H.I.M. will set out on a final tour, starting in June and heading all the way through until December of this year. Following a long radio silence, Finnish rock giants H.I.M. have announced a farewell tour, closing the final chapter on their 26 year career. “After quarter of a century of Love and Metal intertwined we sincerely feel H.I.M. has run its unnatural course and adieus must be said in order to make way for sights, scents and sounds yet unexplored. We completed the pattern, solved the puzzle and turned the key. Thank you.” Says frontman Ville Valo. Formed in 1991 by vocalist Ville Valo, guitarist Mikko “Linde” Lindström and bassist Mikko “Migé” Paananen, H.I.M. truly stand out as one of the rock world’s most unique acts. Beautifully blending metal, goth and hard rock with deep, thoughtful and moving lyrics, H.I.M. offered the world a new take on the metal genre, which became known as Love Metal (also the title of their fourth album). Over the course of eight studio albums, H.I.M. captured the hearts and minds of fans across the globe, drawn by their irresistible and inimitable style. Under the banner of their Heartagram logo – a potent symbol encapsulating the juxtaposition of the light and dark, the fierce and forlorn, and the evil and love found in their music – H.I.M. filled venues and crashed charts the world over, collecting numerous awards, gracing countless magazine covers and becoming the first Finnish act to achieve Gold status in the USA. Read more
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