First off the bat, let’s get this silly Women’s Day holiday out of the way. If you’re P-whipped, you’ll probably be taking your date to see Russia’s favorite foreign indie band: BRAZZAVILLE (March 8, Apelsin, 20:00). For some odd reason, this American by way of Barcelona band has becoming exceedingly successful here, touring the country two or three times a year. If there were more bands adept at doing this, the phrase "Big in Russia" could start to replace "Big in Japan"…
True exholes will, of course, be taking their dates to see LENINGRAD (March 8, 21:30, Tochka) for Women’s Day. What could be more romantic than listening to Russia’s most vulgar band singing "gde zhe vy blyadi (where are you whores)" and "bez tebya pizdets (without you everything is fucked)"?
The absolute pussies among you will, of course, have to drag your dyevs to see CHRIS DE BURGH (March 9, Kremlin Palace, 19:00), in order to hear him sing that annoying "Lady in Red" song, and a dozen others.
Now that that’s out of the way, we can get down to business. California’s MAD CADDIES (March 10, Apelsin, 20:00) have been playing competent ska punk since the mid-90s. I can’t say I really care at this point, but when I was in high school, shit like this was the bomb.
I’ve seen German whirling dervish NAMOSH (March 14, 16 Tons, 23:00) two or three times in Moscow, and the gig is always fun. He’s a semi-nerdy guy, running around the stage like a crazy man, with only his sampler to back him up. Fun stuff, especially if you’re a bit on the drunk side.
This band TANZWUT (March 15, Tochka, 20:00) comes here every year or so, and one of these visits, I’ve got to eventually check out. I mean, they’re a German medieval rock / industrial band that plays bagpipes. It sounds so awful, that it might be worth trying to get guest listed just for shits n giggles.
Another German band that I’m certain to avoid is ska group BENUTS (March 15, Tabula Rasa, 19:00). I just can’t get into this stuff anymore, although I should note that anyone looking for nubile alternative-y teenager girls could do much worse than attending a ska gig here. Locals SKALPEL, PRIVATE RADIO and KIOSK support.
Those of you interested in hip-hop (but not the bling that Moscow’s community has adopted more than the music), would do well to check out the Dutch band ILLICIT (March 16, Ikra, 21:00). In this gig, they could be compared to THE ROOTS. Name-dropping COMMON or OUTKAST would also not be out of the ordinary. Local rapper NOIZE MC opens.
Avant garde electronic musician ROBIN RIMBAUD (March 18, Bilingua, 21:00) is better known as SCANNER, so-called for his utilization of cell phone and police scanners in live performances. He’s been producing his offbeat electronic music for 20 years now, and I have to say, I have no idea what he’s going to be doing here – although the list of people he’s worked with, such as BRYAN FERRY, RADIOHEAD and COLIN NEWMAN, suggest it’ll be pretty far out - but the gig is apparently free.
Looking at the bands members of DOWN (March 18, B1 Maximum, 21:00) were in before – PANTERA, CORROSION OF CONFORMITY, CROWBAR and EYEHATEGOD – it’s pretty easy to know what you’re in for here: metal. Loud, and heavy. Not my cup of tea, but you could do worse, I suppose.
Speaking of worse, guitarist RICHIE KOTZEN (March 19, Apelsin, 20:00) played in POISON and MR. BIG, in both cases long after the bands had ceased to be relevant. He is joined by Mr. Big’s drummer PAT TORPEY and SLASH’S SNAKEPIT bassist JOHNNY GRIPARIC.