Not every old rocker runs out of ideas and recycles themselves into parody, as BRYAN FERRY (November 7-8, B1 Maximum, 20:00) proves. Ferry got his start in the 70s with the seminal art rock band ROXY MUSIC, which influenced punk, new wave, and (thanks to BRIAN ENO's presence in the band) electronic music. Both Ferry and Eno have had long and successful solo careers, and the only thing questionable about Ferry's visit to Moscow is whether he can sell enough tickets to justify two nights at B1, rather than one at, say, Ikra.
Germany's DE-PHAZZ (November 9, B1 Maximum, 19:00) are more interesting than your typical acid jazz act, integrating samples a la CINEMATIC ORCHESTRA. Perfect background music for a night at the bar, but again, I wonder how it'll go over in the massive B1 bat cave.
After eating Steve Vai for Breakfast: MARC RIBOT plays Dom on November 12
A more interesting event on the same night is the CHILDREN OF DOS collective's 8-BIT OLD SCHOOL RAVE PARTY (November 9, Klesh Kafe, 20:00), featuring KOLA KID and 777MINUS111 doing live sets. Both base their sound in the 8-bit era of Nintendo. Kola mixes his with breakcore and happy hardcore, while 777 focuses on something called "chiptune" and the slightly more explicable Gameboy music.
In high school I was a fan of Belgian industrial band FRONT 242 (November 10, Apelsin, 20:00). In college I dropped off a bit, selling all their albums for beer money, but when they came to Moscow the first time a couple years back, I got nostalgic and checked them out. And holy shit, it seemed like someone had transplanted fucking SCOOTER into the bodies of the band that had melted my brain a decade ago. I can't be bothered to listen to their newest record to see what they're doing now.
Do you ever find yourself thinking, "Whatever happened to THE CRANBERRIES?" Me neither, but ex-vocalist DOLORES O'RIORDAN's (November 10, B1 Maximum, 20:00) visit to Moscow forced the question to the front of my brain. Apparently O'Riordan left the band in 2003 and has been doing solo gigs ever since. While her former band had a couple of good songs, I never really bothered with anything else. O'Riordan's solo program will draw primarily from her first album, released earlier this year, but will probably bring out the big-gun Cranberries hits for the encore.
If you didn't manage to catch any of the bands that played at September's Dutch Punch festival: shame on you. I had no idea that the Dutch could rock in so many ways, and yet there it was in front of me. So now it is with significantly less skepticism that I recommend you a Dutch gig: FEVERDREAM (November 10, Project OGI, 22:00). The trio hails from Rotterdam, and has been playing together for a decade. Stylistically, they draw from math-rock and post-hardcore bands like SHELLAC, Q AND NOT U and FUGAZI. An unusual gig for this town.
Although I usually consider some dude who plays music from his notebook to be a DJ, Englishman NATHAN FAKE (November 10, Ikra, 23:59) asks to be called a "composer of minimal techno compositions." Sounds like a DJ to me, but whatever.
Moscow's thirst for instrumental post-rock this fortnight is quenched by Japan's MONO (November 11, Ikra, 21:00). Unsurprisingly, the band's songs tend to focus on layered guitar melodies, though strings and pianos appear in some tracks. The band is also known for its powerful guitar work, so they should rock the house. Locals DREAM MECHANICS open.