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Muchnik's Picks: Twenty One Pilots, Submotion Orchestra and More Music in Moscow on the Weekend

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Cloudy skies and sunless days got you down? There's no better antidote to the autumn blues than a good gig and this weekend is packed with great music for you to choose from. Be it Twenty One Pilots and one of the most anticipated concerts this fall — Submotion Orchestra — you're spoilt for choice with this week's gig selection.

Submotion Orchestra hails from the U.K. and mixes jazz, trip-hop and dub. Their fourth album, “Colour Theory” was been released this year and their concert in Moscow is part of the tour to support it. Submotion Orchestra’s music is mellow, but quite danceable — reminiscent of Morcheeba and Faithless.

Stereo Hall. 15 Ulitsa Rochdelskaya, building 44. Metro Ulitsa 1905 Goda. Tickets from 1,800 rubles (29$). Thursday, at 8 p.m.

Ne Tvoe Delo can be roughly translated as “not your business.” A new synth-pop band headed by Zhora Kushnarenko, who is also a member of post-punk band Trud, their debut album is ironically called “Best Hits.” Their songs are reminiscent of pop bands of the early 1990s, but the sound is more mature and refined. Those who arrive at the Dewar's Powerhouse concert first will get free scotch eggs and whiskey shots!

Dewar’s Powerhouse. 7/4 Goncharnaya. Metro Taganskaya, Markistskaya. Free entrance. Saturday, at 8 p.m.

Moralniy Kodeks (Moral Code) has been around for more than 25 years and their front man, Sergei Mazayev a well-known face on the music scene. They released their latest album “Zima” (Winter) about a year ago after a seven-year hiatus and just recorded a video for a brand new song, “Fotony.” Come check out their new songs and greatest hits.

16 Tons. 6/1 Ulitsa Presnensky Val. Metro  Ulitsa1905 Goda. Tickets from 2,000 rubles (32$). Saturday, at 8 p.m.

Twenty One Pilots are actually just two guys from Ohio — Josh and Tyler. Their name comes from a scene in one of Aurthur Miller's books and their video “Stressed Out” on YouTube has almost 700 hundred million views. By the time they released their fourth album “Blurryface” they had already amassed an army of devoted fans.  The album became platinum, while the “Emotional Roadshow” tour to support it has had more than 100 stops. Their music is best described as indie pop turned mainstream with some rapping that sounds in turns like Linkin Park, Maroon 5, or Foster the People.

Stadium Live. 7 Ulitsa Baltiyskaya. Metro Sokol. Tickets from 2,500 rubles (40$). Saturday, at 9 p.m.

Makenza is the band of Ukranian Marina Makenza, who now resides in Moscow and participates in the popular Russian version of the talent show Voice (Golos). At Kerosine Makenza will present her acoustic program. Her music sometimes leans towards rock, sometimes towards funk, with elements of punk or even bosanova, while the lyrics are in Russian, English and Ukrainian. It’s definitely a combination worth checking out!

Kerosin Bar. 24 Tverskoi Bulvar. Metro Tverskaya, Pushkinskaya. Tickets 400 rubles ($6). Saturday, at 9 p.m.

Paris Combo is a French "world music" band from, you guessed it, Paris. Led by singer Belle du Berry,  Paris Combo has an eclectic style with elements of traditional French chanson, jazz, Roma and Magreb music. The band will celebrate their 20th anniversary at Dom Muzyki. 

Dom Muzyki, 52 Kosmodemyanskaya Naberezhnaya, Bldg. 8. Metro Paveletskaya. Tickets from 1,000 rubles ($16). Sunday, at 6 p.m.

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