I’ve never been much for ska revivals or the scenes that have spun off them; I prefer the o.g.’s like PRINCE BUSTER. That said, I’ll be there when one of the founders of the UK two-tone movement, BAD MANNERS (September 27, Tochka, 19:00) swings through. I have no idea if they have any original members left at this point, but I would imagine that the local bands who are opening—SKALPEL and PRIVATE RADIO—probably do.
In my college radio days, the metal DJs were all about Swedish death metal band AT THE GATES. They broke up, but the members went on to form the thrashier THE HAUNTED (September 28, Tochka, 19:00), so I guess not all is lost. Hungarian gypsy-metal band EKTOMORF opens.
I normally don't look to 50 CENT as a source of inspiration for this column, but when he called JA RULE (September 29, Black October, 0:00) a "bitch ass nigga" he was pretty much on the mark. Rule had some success in the 90s with his gruff rap style (that he lifted from DMX), but I can't think of anything he's done lately, except get put in his place by Fiddy.
As close as we are to Sweden, culturally we couldn't be farther removed. In his homeland, JENS LEKMAN (September 29, Ikra, 21:00) is bigger than Jesus, having had a couple of hit singles already. Hell, even in America, his records are released by cult favorite indie Secretly Canadian, and his soft Swedish pop stylings have been acclaimed by Pitchfork, among others. Lekman will be supported by his countrymen HIRD (one of THE KNIFE's producers) and JOR-EL.
NURSE WITH WOUND (September 30, Ikra, 21:00) is one of those bands that I was never really able to get into, even though they've been together for 30 years and have put out so many releases I don't even know where to start. They have a reputation for pushing fringe music to the front of the underground; you never really know what to expect. Dadaist? Kinda. Musique concrete? Sure. Their Moscow gig will have DAVID TIBET of CURRENT 93 on vocals.
I think it's safe to say that Moscow has finally arrived on the international pre-teen circuit. I mean, fuck! Pseudo pop punk diva AVRIL LAVIGNE (October 5, B1 Maximum, 20:00) is coming. Aren't you, like, wicked psyched? She's gonna play the MTV awards the night before, but since that is only for "VIPs," you'll have to wait for this instead. Don't worry, B1 will sell you a VIP ticket for a few hundred dollars.
It's hard to believe, but SICK FEST V (October 5, DK Dance, 20:00) is already the third extreme electronic music fest of the year. Sick of the rents at central clubs like Ikra and Ten, the promoters have moved south to Ryazansky Prospekt to host this conflagration of IDM, breakcore, drum 'n bass, 8bit, mash-up, power-noise and much much much more. Headliners include Germany's DJ HIDDEN, Australia's PASSENGER OF SHIT, and Belgium's S.I.M. ON KOR FUNKLE, and the all-night party is supported by dozens of DJs from Russia and Belarus. If you’re a serious beat freak, and you're not afraid to get out of the central Moscow comfort zone, this is the party of the fortnight.