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Bardak Calendar May 15, 2008
Moscow Nitelife Roundup
By Jared Lindquist Browse author
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Remember a few years back when there was supposed to be a Swedish rock revolution, led by THE HIVES? Well, MANDO DIAO (May 26, Apelsin, 20:00) were part of that. Although the band started jamming in the mid-90s, it wasn’t until 02 that they managed to release their first album. They’ve always been overshadowed but they can stand on their own two feet as energetic rockers.

The next little-known post-rock band to arrive in Moscow is England’s iLiKETRAiNS (May 28, Art Garbage, 20:00), who have been creating epic soundscapes based around historical events for five years now. Fans of GODSPEED YOU BLACK EMPEROR, YNDI HALDA and the like would do well to check them out.

I’ll be straight up with you – I never really got into COIL, but I understand they have quite a cult following. If you’re in that cult, you’ll be pleased to know that founding member PETER CHRISTOFFERSON will be hitting town with his Thailand-based project SOISONG (May 28, Ikra, 21:00), a collaboration with Russian expat IVAN PAVLOV. The duo makes computer music, combined with decadent and dark vocals, and a Southeast Asian approach to instrumentation. The project doesn’t plan to tour much, so if you check this out, it’s probably something you can lord over your friends back home.

For some reason, metalheads HORSE THE BAND (May 29, Tochka, 19:00) get called Nintendocore. I guess it’s because they employ cheesy synths as well. On record they sound pretty boring, but apparently they really go nuts live. GENETIX and WHO IS CHARLY support.

I thought YA SLEVA SVERKHU (May 29, Dom, 20:00) had broken up, so this will certainly be a good chance to catch them again, for perhaps a final time. Perhaps they’re just on hiatus, though, as I recently saw some of the band members perform in USSSY, an experimental noise band that will be supporting. VOGULOV TARUTS VERMO opens.

One of the more famous underground DJ groups, DJ FOOD (May 29, Ikra, 22:00) return to Moscow for what is sure to be a great show. Anyone interested in their trademark turntablism would do well to check this out.

If day one of Avant Fest (see Top picks) finishes early, it’s definitely worth checking out Canadian electro band CRYSTAL CASTLES (may 30, 16 Tons, 22:00), who have made a reputation for remixing bands such as BLOC PARTY and KLAXONS in their 8-bit fashion. If day two finishes early, day one participants DEVOCHKI NE HOTYAT (May 31, Proekt OGI, 22:00) are playing a solo show that is sure to be fun.

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Broken Social Scene

Ikra. May 25, 21:00

Broken Social Scene

The Toronto music scene has long been described as incestuous, for the rate at which bands change members with one another, and how many musicians are in more than one band at the same time. Yet it was from this background that Broken Social Scene came into popular awareness six years ago, with the release of their fantastic album, "You Forgot It In People". The album mixed classic indie rock with an expansive and experimental sound, winning over fans everywhere and making many year-end best of lists. It’s been three years since their most recent record came out, and it looks the band is in a regrouping phase, after some of the members experimented with solo records. This is probably the Moscow indie scene’s most eagerly-awaited gig of the year so far.

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