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Pyotr Mamonov, leader of Zvuki Mu band

Pyotr Mamonov is one of the few remaining perestroika rock 'n' roll heroes still performing, but he doesn't do it too often. So don't miss the chance to see him at the Alexei Kozlov Club on Thursday. He will be performing with his new band, Noveishiye Zvuki Mu (Newest Sounds of Moo) in honor of his original band, Zvuki Mu (Sounds of Moo).

Extremely popular during the last years of the U.S.S.R., Mamonov's influence goes beyond Russia's borders. In the 1980s he collaborated with Brian Eno of U2 fame, and more recently, popular American indie rockers The National made an homage to Zvuki Mu's video for "Gruby Zakat," where the band played in a confined space.

After launching his career as an actor playing alongside Viktor Tsoi in the well-known film "Igla" ("The Needle"), he went on to play in several other movies, most famously Ivan the Terrible in Pavel Lungin's controversial film "Tsar."

Mamonov is one of the best known eccentrics in today's Russia and his concerts are more of an art performance or avant-garde theater. Every one of them is different, so expect to be surprised even if you've been to a few of his gigs before.

Alexei Kozlov Club. 16 Olimpiisky Prospekt, Bldg. 2, at the Art&Shock Complex. Metro Prospekt Mira. 926-952-0077. Thurs. at 8 p.m. Tickets from 1,200 rubles ($20).

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