I know a lot of you have already pirated the new RADIOHEAD even though you can legally "buy" it from the band for free, but I paid for my download, and can't wait til December when my beautiful box set arrives. In other news, Moscow saw its first snow, which means that the concert season that has been going at such a blistering pace this fall will soon drag to a halt, as bands just don't like to travel here when there's snow on the ground.
Starting us off is ROBERT GORDON (October 22, Hard Rock Cafe, 18:00), a rock-n-roller who JERRY LEE LEWIS called "the real deal." Gordon got his start in the 70s, playing in punk band TUFF DARTS before meeting LINK WRAY and following his rock roots. Gordon has spent the last thirty years making vastly underrated rockabilly records. This is his first visit to Russia. The MARCIO DIMAGGIO BAND and LEXICON ORCHESTRA open.
Remember that DENIS LEARY joke about the only good thing about the 80s being that one of the BEE GEES got killed? Well, one of the living ones, ROBIN GIBB (October 22, Kremlin Palace, 19:00), is playing Moscow. Yahoo.
One of the high points of the Afisha picnic this summer was the American underground hip hop group DALEK (October 23, Ikra, 21:00). But it was depressing seeing them close out a festival full of sober people who were indifferent to their music. Much better is this gigs setting of a dark, smoky club full of drunks. If you're not familiar with the group, imagine atmospheric hip hop that draws as much from MY BLOODY VALENTINE as it does from PUBLIC ENEMY. Yeah, I'll see you there.
Although Welsh alt-rock band FUNERAL FOR A FRIEND (October 25, B1 Maximum, 20:00) takes their name from a PLANES MISTAKEN FOR STARS song, their connection to the hardcore scene ends right there. After forming in late 2001 and ripping off other "emocore" bands, Funeral quickly signed with a major label, and has since taken most of the rough edges off of their music to be more palatable to the masses. Now they'll be writing the sort of forgettable rock songs you find on movie soundtracks.
So apparently Britpop isn't just popular at Krizis Zhanra, but has made its way out to the provincial city of Perm, home of THE WHITE TRAINERS COMMUNITY (October 25, 16 Tons, 21:00). After starting in 2003 as lame-o copies of BLUR, OASIS, etc., the band eventually came into their own, with a sound that draws from indie guitar pop and mod revivalism. Now, the band travels to London on occasion, and supposedly has a fan base there that consists of more than oligarch's kids in study abroad programs. This gig celebrates the release of their first album, "The Long Play."
If you want to hear some actual hardcore, Ukraine's SWALLOW! SWALLOW! SPLINTER! (October 26, Jerry Rubin Club 18:30) is bringing their 90s screamo sound to town. Recommended if you like ORCHID and other stuff that was popular around the turn of the century. This show is supposedly super top secret, in order to keep out Nazis, fashion punks, and most of our readers.
If you want something slightly more pussified, B1 opens the first of its Dancefloor parties, which promise to bring BONEY M, GLORIA GAYNOR and other "stars" to Moscow, with France's OTTOWAN (October 26, B1 Maximum, 19:00). Beats me. Some locals named VALERY SYUTKIN and FLORA also play. Again, beats me.
Since Halloween falls on a weeknight this year, most clubs will be celebrating early. Since everyone knows that one-night Halloween parties are for pussies, Rai offers two-nights of decadence at its ILLUSION: THE HALLOWEEN SHOW (October 26-27, Rai, 23:00) party. Day one will feature the club made over as Hell, with JOCELYN BROWN performing. Day two sees the club done up in a heavenly style, with CRYSTAL WATERS getting the groove going.