Muchnik's Picks: Motorama, Jaegermeister Music Awards and More Music in Moscow on the Weekend

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While it may be a Thanksgiving weekend elsewhere, you'll find it hard to track down a pumpkin pie in Moscow. But that doesn't mean you can't celebrate in style at one of the concerts or parties we've picked out for you this week, including the long-awaited Burning Man Decompression and the Jagermeister Indie Awards.

Motorama is an English-language band based in Rostov-on-Don  in the South of Russia. It may sound unlikely, but Motorama is signed to French indie-label Talitres and has a huge following in Europe and other parts of the world, where it regularly tours. Motorama's music has been compared to that of Joy Division and other post-punk bands. This Thursday they will present their brand new album entitled “Dialogues.”

This week’s main music event is definitely the Jagermeister Indie Awards, which will take place at the new venue Bereg District on Savvinskaya Naberezhnaya, next to the infamous Soho Rooms. The headliners are German hip-hop artist Azizi Gibson and Afrobeat master Ata Kak. Surprise performances and collaborations are expected from nominated bands, including Glintshake, Mujuice, Tesla Boy, Oxxxymiron and relative newcomers Griby, Skriptonit and Kedr Livansky. Once again, a special award called "Young Blood" will be presented to the best new band chosen by online voters.

BEREG District. 12 Pereulok Bolshoy Savvinsky. Metro Ulitsa 1905 Goda. Free entrance by applying here. Friday, November 26, at 9 p.m.

John Digweed has been around longer than some of his fans have been alive. Together with DJ Sasha he is one of the pioneers of progressive house and became famous for his “Northern Exposure” compilations in the 1990s. Digweed is still a prolific DJ, releasing an album almost every year. His set will be supported by local DJs Denis A and Dao Dar.

Brothers Moving is a traveling street band from Denmark led by the Knoblauch brothers, who started out playing unique covers of traditional blues, as well as Rolling Stones' and The Beatles' songs.  They soon moved on to producing their own material and it's not their first time in Moscow, so expect the venue to be packed.

Moscow Decompression 2015 provided by Burning Man Russia

Burning Man Decompression Party is one of a series of similar events organized by Burning Man enthusiasts all over the world. Burning Man is an annual festival that takes place in the Nevada desert and attracts young artists and adepts of radical self-expression. This Saturday the fourth Moscow Decompression Party will be held at an as yet undisclosed location. Decompression allows you to be transported to the actual festival, if only for one night: you will be able to see several installations and art objects, as well as performances, and DJ sets. This year's theme is “DaVinci's Workshop,” the party will occupy a whole building, including a courtyard. 

Check the Facebook page for the venue. Tickets from 2,000 rubles ($31). Saturday, November 26, at 8 p.m.

Oxxxymiron is back from a short break and this time he has not one, but two concerts as his shows usually sell out pretty quick. Oxxxymiron is a stage name for Miron Fyodorov, an Oxford graduate, who started rapping while still living in England. He shot from obscurity to stardom in a miraculously short time. Miron’s second album Gorgorod became an overnight hit and there have been rumors about a mixtape coming out soon. Expect his trademark R-rated lyrics and electronic beats.

Miriam Sekhon Jazz Band is one of the many music projects of prolific singer Miriam Sekhon, whose voice has been compared with that of Dolores O’Riordan from The Cranberries. Miriam's other projects include Race to Space and VIA Tatyana, but this time she will just sing jazz standards with some of her friends.

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