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Muchnik's Picks: Artemiev, Skye and Ross and More Music in Moscow on the Weekend

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It’s the last weekend of September and Krugozor, one of the most popular summer hangouts this year, is closing. But don’t feel sad, come to their final party! Or one of the many other great gigs in our selection. Artemiev will present his new EP in English, there’s Petlya Pristrastiya for those who want to slam to some post-punk tunes and last but not least, Skye and Ross for all the Morcheeba fans out there.

Artemiev is the solo project of Pavel Artemiev, a former member of the popular boyband Korni. Korni were the winner of “Fabrika” contest, a Russian version of American Idol. Artemiev has left his boyband days behind and is now focused on writing catchy indie-pop songs with heartfelt lyrics. This Friday Artemiev will present his brand new EP “Symptom of life” — the first he has recorded in English.

Mumy Troll Music Bar. 7 Tverskaya Ulitsa. Metro Okhotny Ryad, Teatralnaya. Tickets from 500 rubles ($8). Friday at 9 p.m.

One of the most talked about up-and-coming theater directors Yury Muravitsky will present his band Khor Muravitskogo at GROUND Khodynka gallery this Saturday. One of the best places for contemporary academic and experimental music in Moscow, GROUND is a suitably hip place for this quirky ensemble. Khor is a choir of several female actresses who sing original covers of Russian and international hits. It's half-concert, half-theater performance.

GROUND Khodynka Gallery. 2 Ulitsa Iriny Levchenko. Metro Oktyabrskoye Pole. Tickets 100 rubles ($1.5). Saturday, at 8 p.m.

Krugozor, a pop-up from the team that created EMA last year, is holding its final party. The debarcadere zone will turn into Jameson Jazz Club for the night with swing, bebop and free jazz performances. The most popular of Krugozor's DJ residents will also be spinning discs — including skateboard pro-rider and painter Pavlik Kuznetsov — and there will be a secret line-up of local electronic artists as well as the Moscow Chamber Orchestra playing Camille Saint-Saens’ "The Carnival of the Animals". If you haven’t been to Krugozor yet, this is your last chance.

Krugozor. 3 Bumazhny Proezd. Metro Belorusskaya. Entrance 300 rubles ($5). Saturday, at 9 p.

Petlya Pristrastiya is a band from Belarus with an unlikely name — it literally means “noose of prejudice.” Petlya plays a mix of mainstream rock and post punk, which is sometimes quite danceable. They are coming to Moscow with their fourth album, “Moda i oblaka” (Fashion and clouds), which was released earlier this year. The new offering has already been hailed as one of the most important Russian language records of 2016.

16 Tons. 6/1 Ulitsa Presnensky Val. Metro Ulitsa 1905 Goda. Tickets from 400 rubles ($6). Sunday, at 8 p.m.

Skye and Ross are Skye Edwards and Ross Godfrey,  former members of Morcheeba. The British trip-hop and down tempo veterans have always proved immensely popular in Russia and it should be no different this time around. This new duo project continues the traditions of Morcheeba and you can immediately recognize the sound on their debut album, which was released last year. Skye’s amazing voice is, of course, part of the appeal.  

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

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