This year's AVANT FEST (July 7, 14:00, Winzavod) is headlined by the Ur -grunge band MUDHONEY, British nu-rave newcomers SHITDISCO, as well as some foreign bands I know significantly less about (GOD IS AN ASTRONAUT who?).
Or, if you prefer a more British evening, PRIMAL SCREAM (July 7, Krasnaya Presnaya Park, 16:00) is playing outdoors with a bunch of bands I've never heard of. Not only is SCREAM still around after a quarter centery, but they have a new record out and were awarded with the "Godlike Genius" award at this year's NME awards.
Some pop tart named SOPHIE ELLIS BAXTOR (July 7, Beach Club, 20:00) is playing some festival for Europa Plus. Surely there will be some Russian popsa as well, but who can be bothered to figure out who is who?
If you're into Russian rock, then pretty much every band you've ever heard of is playing the EMMAUS FESTIVAL (July 7, Emmaus, 12:00), which is just a short elektrichka ride in the direction of Tver. If they serve alcohol it could be kind of fun; if they let you bring your own, it'll be great.
Their name sucks, but SHITDISCO (July 8, Gogol, 20:00) isn't that bad. These Scots are a post-punk party band; they've drawn comparisons to TALKING HEADS and THE RAPTURE. I don't see the former, but can kind of get the latter. Basically, they're a danceable post-punk bandthey get lumped in with KLAXONS and other new-rave stuff, but that's not necessarily a bad thing.
Last up this fortnight is fucking AEROSMITH (July 12, Olimpisky, 19:00), who haven't done anything cool in 25 years besides have STEVEN TYLER's daughter make out with another chick in one their videos.
Winzavod (4th Syromyatnichesky Per. 1 str. 6) / July 7 / 14:00
Avant Fest, Moscow's original summer indie fest, is now in its fourth year. What started with a small gig by Xiu Xiu developed into a huge deal last year, with Scotland's Arab Strap playing one of their last shows ever right here in Moscow.
This year, Aerogramme was supposed to play, but they broke up, putting the kabosh on that.
Which begs the question: which of this year's acts is due to break up next? Seattle grunge o.g.'s Mudhoney? Scotland's new-rave leader Shitdisco? Ireland's God is an Astronaut? Brooklyn's neo-psyechedelic The Ladybug Transistor? Regardless, this is one of the few chances you have to check out true underground bands. In addition to these foreigners, lots of local-ish names like Silence Kit, More i Relsi and Moi Rakety Vverkh will be playing. While most of these bands can probably be missed, we recommend catching Silence Kit and Banana Princess. Pre-party is July 6 at Aktovy Zal, starting at 2. See http://fest2007.avantmusic.ru for more details.
INTERVIEW WITH MUDHONEY
An eXile eXclusive!
If any band has reason to be bitter, it's Mudhoney. They were the first band to break in the late 80s with a loud dirty sound on Sub Pop, and one of the most talented and original acts out of Seattle never to get filthy rich. So, are they still sore? Do they still have the grunge sound? How about the grunge smell? To find out, we caught up with Mudhoney vocalist Mark Arm on the road in Europe via email for a quick Q&A.