Conversely, if you'd prefer to listen to acid jazz in a "beer restaurant," Sweden's KOOP (August 1, Tinkoff, 20:00) will provide just that: completely inoffensive acid jazz in a beer restaurant. Are they better or worse than any of the other millions of bands doing this? Not really. But I'd rather see some real musicians up on stage jamming than two Swedes with a sampler.
While JAMES BROWN was definitely the hardest working man in show business, one look at their tour schedule suggests that Russian emigre rock band RED ELVISES (August 2, B2, 21:00, August 4, Zhest, 22:00) is definitely the hardest working rock band in show business. Founded in 1995 by two Russian political refugees, the band play old-school American rockabilly, twinged with surf, as well as some Russian folk elements. These dates come towards the beginning of their tour all through Russia, Ukraine and Belarus, so check their website if you live in, say, Tula. Also, they'll be in and out of Moscow for the better part of the month, giving you tons of chances to check them out. It's probably worth hitting them at least once.
Sometimes Canadians are interesting, such as BENOIT FISET (August 2, 16 Tons, 22:00), an expat advertising guy for Leo Burnett who makes electronic music in his spare time. As any overpaid/underworked eXhole knows, playing in a band is a perfect way to kill your spare time and/or score chicks. Benoit traveled between Moscow and a quiet village outside of Montreal to record his debut album, consisting of synthesizers, xylophones, guitars, and frying pans. The album came out a mix of clever English lyrics, emotional vocals, and innovative sounds.
For a society as anti-Semitic as Russia, they sure do dig traditional Jewish rhythms here. Which is good, because otherwise you'd be unlikely to see a free gig from America's CHARMING HOSTESS (August 5, Bilingua, 19:00). The band was formed in the early 2000s by JEWLIA EISENBERG and currently features her and some other women on vocals. Basically, the band is all about the klezmer, adding to that some Balkan funk. If you want to one-up your hip girlfriend who raves about GOGOL BORDELLO, take her here.
The Good, The Bad & The Queen
B1 Maximum / July 27 / 21:00
If we told you that this band sucked, would you care? If we told you they were boring, would you care? If we told you they fucking smoked, would you care? We think the answer to all the questions posed here is "no" - anyone in their right mind would just say, "Dude, it's Damon Albarn from Blur and Gorillaz. And Paul Simonon, the bassist from the Clash. As well as some dude from the Verve and Fela Kuti." And even though nobody really knows who that last band is, and all of us only have a vague idea of who the Verve is (and we often get them confused with that band the Verve Pipe) we would have to admit that you're right. From the moment of this project's conception, what they actually sounded like has meant nothing. Which is too bad, because they're not awful. There's nothing too memorable in their repertoire at this point, but seeing Albarn and Simonon on stage together is pretty nice.
Body & Rockers
Rai / July 28 / 23:00
We're a bit confused by this one, folks. The press release is like an intro to 70s music: "in the 70s, there was disco, as we all know. In parallel to disco, there was a no-less-popular style called glam rock, epitomized by Kiss, T-Rex, David Bowie and Gary Glitter." We're paraphrasing the press release, but if you think we're joking, email Jared and he'll forward it to you. Anyway, in case you thought Rai - Moscow's elitest club - was going to be spinning some glam rock, you're wrong! At best, you'll get a techno remix of David Bowie. Because that is what the "after party atmosphere of a rock concert" is all about, right? Techno and body art. We guarantee that anyone who is truly a fan of glam rock will not have a good time here, hell, U won't even get in. But if you wanna hear "Bang a Gong (Get It On)" mixed with some faggy house shit, this is the party for U!