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Punk Rock and Techno in a Moscow Weekend

Chilean-born DJ Ricardo Villalobos will bring his beats to town Saturday. Ricardo Villalobos

Dare I say it, ladies and gentlemen? Could spring come to Moscow early this year? It's been an unusually warm February, and I know we are all hoping the weather will stay this agreeable. But even if it doesn't, the days are getting longer, the sun is coming out more often and great bands are performing in our fair capital. As always, there's plenty to choose from this weekend, so let's have a look at who's in town and worth a mention.

If you love punk rock, then Friday is your night, because the Misfits are performing in Moscow. They are an American band often recognized as the creators of the horror punk subgenre, blending punk and other musical influences with horror film imagery. Founded in 1977 in New Jersey by singer and songwriter Glenn Danzig, the group had a fluctuating lineup during its first six years. But during this time they released several EPs and singles, and the albums "Walk Among Us" (1982) and "Earth A.D./Wolfs Blood" (1983) are to this day considered touchstones of the early-1980s hardcore punk movement.

In 2009 and 2010 the Misfits performed an extended 30th anniversary world tour, and have since released a number of singles and are continuing to tour the world. And in 2011 they released their first full-fledged album in years, so this Moscow gig promises to be very exciting, especially for you punk rock lovers out there. The band takes to the Arena Moscow stage at 9 p.m. on Friday, so get your tickets ASAP if you don't want to miss out. Extra points if you dress accordingly!