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Muchnik's Picks: Sia, Jessy Lanza and More Music in Moscow on the Weekend

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The sunny weather is expected to return on the weekend after a couple of rainy days, so prepare for lots of awesome live performances, including from world class star Sia, relative newcomer Jessy Lanza and many excellent local acts. 

Sia is an Australian singer-songwriter who used to be the lead singer of Zero 7. She enjoyed a quiet solo career until the release of her sixth album «1000 Forms of Fear» in 2014, which sent her all the way to the top of the charts. Since then she has released another album — "This Is Acting" — and her Moscow concert is part of the tour to support it. Her recent performance at American festival Coachella was ranked as one of the best in Coachella’s history, so prepare to be amazed. 

Crocus City Hall. Crocus City, MKAD 65-66 km. Metro Myakinino. Tickets from 2,500 rubles ($38). Thursday at 8 p.m. 

If you want to avoid the crowds at Sia’s concert and chill at the beach, check out Lazy Thursdays — a series of live concerts at the embankment in Muzeon park organized by Dewar’s Powerhouse. This Thursday the headliner will be up-and-coming electronic artist Fjordwalker, originally from Yekaterinburg. He will be joined on stage by two trendy Moscow DJs OL & Sil

Park Muzeon. 2 Krymsky Val. Metro Oktyabrskaya, Park Kultury. Free entrance. Thursday, 7 p.m. 

SunSay is one half of the cult duo 5’nizza. Despite several recent reunion concerts and a couple of new songs, both members of the duo continue their solo careers. SunSay’s music is a mix of soul, reggae and hip-hop performed in Russian. 

16 Tons. 6/1 Ulitsa Presnensky Val. Metro Ulitsa 1905 Goda. Tickets from 1,200 rubles ($18). Friday at 8 p.m.

Jessy Lanza will headline one more summer party at Strelka. She plays new R&B with elements of footwork, acid house and even disco. The Moscow electro-pop band «Ne Tvoe Delo» (None of Your Business) will open the concert.

Strelka. 14 Bersenevskaya Naberezhnaya, Bldg. 5, Metro Polyanka, Kropotkinskaya. Free entrance, register at https://barstrelka.timepad.ru/event/357784/ Friday at 10 p.m.

The Tuborg Green Jam Pre-Party is on this weekend ahead of the eponymous festival due next week. The evening will be hosted Kirill Ivanov, the front man of the band SBPCh. The electronic artists Moa Pillar and Zeus of Arc will open the party, while the headliner will be Antoha MC, a one-man act playing a mix of hip-hop, acid jazz and reggae. Sometimes Antoha sounds like Mihey and Jumanji, a band from the 90s with a cult following. Other times his music is remeniscent of 1980s electronic music and Kino. You will also be able to hear Fantomas 2000, the beat maker of Krovostok and one of Russia’s award winning rap veterans. 

Krugozor. 3 Bumazhny Proezd. Metro Belorusskaya. Entrance 200 rubles ($3). Friday, at 9 p.m.

Alina Os, a rising indie-pop star, will present 10 brand new songs at an exclusive concert at Dewar’s Powerhouse. Her music can be best described as a mix of jazz, hip-hop, and reggae. 

Dewar’s Powerhouse. 7/4 Goncharnaya Ulitsa. Metro Taganskaya, Marksistskaya. Tickets 1,000 rubles ($15). Saturday, at 8 p.m.

Soloma is a low-key festival at Hermitage Garden. You will be able to see artists as diverse as the brass band of the Bolshoi Theatre, indie-pop diva Gayana and one of the Golos (Russian version of "The Voice") finalists Alena Toymintseva. Other participants include Black Buttons, Young Adults and Shoo

Hermitage Garden. 3 Ulitsa Karetny Ryad. Metro Chekhovskaya, Trubnaya. Free entrance. Sunday, from 3 p.m.

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