Muchnik's Picks: Tuborg Green Jam, NOFX, and More Music in Moscow on the Weekend

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If you thought the festival season in Moscow was over, think again — Tuborg Green Jam this Saturday brings some high profile international and Russian artists to the capital. Had your fill of festivals? We've picked out the best gigs of the week for you too.

There will be a traditional “battle of the bands” this Thursday night at 16 Tons as two Moscow electro-pop bands with the word “tiger” in their name come head to head. Neon Tiger has been around for some time: their debut album La La Love was released in 2013 to critical acclaim. Neon Tiger plays dance music with strong vocals and memorable refrains. Tigerberry is a younger band that plays a darker strain of electro-pop with elements of trip-hop and dub step.

16 Tons. 6/1 Ulitsa Presnensky Val. Metro 1905 Goda. Tickets from 300 rubles ($5). Thursday at 8 p.m.

If you are into punk-rock, this Californian veterans’ show is a must see. NOFX has been around for more than thirty years, but they are still alive and kicking and their 13th studio album is slotted for release this October. Get ready for some slamdancing!

Yotaspace. 11 Ulitsa Ordzhonikidze. Metro Leninsky Prospekt. Tickets from 1,800 rubles. ($28) Friday at 8 p.m.

Legowelt, a world-renowned Dutch electronic musician, is no stranger to Moscow. Playing a wide range of electronic music from deep Chicago house to acid techno, this time he brings he'll be presenting his new program with an unlikely — “Occult Orientated Crime” — focused on ambient sounds.

Dewar’s Powerhouse. 7/4 Goncharnaya. Metro Taganskaya, Markistskaya. Tickets 500 rubles ($8). Friday at 10 p.m.

Tuborg Green Jam is a newcomer to the festival scene, but can already boast one of the most awaited imports of this summer — Earl Sweatshirt, a hip-hop hero and a member of the Odd Future gang. Two other important members — Frank Ocean and Tyler the Creator — have already been to Moscow, so it’s only logical that Earl pays a visit too. Tuborg Green Jam will take place in the trendy Pravda neighborhood, which had a record number of openings this summer. Another headliner is Just Blaze — a producer and beatmaker from New York City whose music is bound to make you move. 

Russian music is represented by Pompeya, one of the most successful English language indie-rockers in Russia, and SBPCh, who play their own brand of intellectual electro-pop. Others to watch out for are Skripronit, an up-and-coming hip-hop star, and Sonic Death — a cross between post-punk and garage rock. There will also be street art, a skateboarding contest and a food market curated by the Burger Brothers.      

Tsentr Gorodskoy Kultury Pravda. 19 Ulitsa Bumazhny Proezd. Metro Beloyusskaya. Tickets from 800 rubles ($12). Saturday, from 3 p.m.

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