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Chernov’s choice

Published: November 19, 2010 (Issue # 1627)

Pete Doherty is due to perform in St. Petersburg for the first time ever this week. The former Libertine, who has played in Moscow a couple of times, will perform at 8 p.m. at Kosmonavt on Thursday. (Kosmonavt is a great new music venue opened in the former Soviet movie theater of the same name, close to Tekhnologichesky Institut metro.)

According to promoter Light Music, Doherty will perform solo, accompanying himself on guitar, and his set is expected to last no less than one hour and 40 minutes. Expect “What Katy Did,” “Killamangiro,” “Albion” and “Fuck Forever.”

Los Angeles-based band Fol Chen will not only perform in St. Petersburg, but also record a song with the help of local musicians and fans whom they invite to come to a session.

Also visiting the city for the first time, Fol Chen will perform in support of its latest album “Part II: The New December,” described by The New York Times as “a dystopian sci-fi opus about a planet-wide battle that involves both environmental devastation and an erosion of language and meaning.” Fol Chen has been said to play a combination of “modern chamber music and poppy funk… squeezed through cheap samplers.”

The band will perform at Chinese Pilot Jao Da on Wednesday, and on Thursday will hold a highly original workshop/recording session at the same venue.

Members of the group Samuel Bing and Sinosa Loa are inviting local musicians (and curious non-musicians) to join them in recording a new Fol Chen song, which will then be released on the group’s next album, or as a single. The collaborative music project will offer insight into how one of the most exciting new bands in the U.S. goes about composing and producing its music.

Musical skills are not a prerequisite, the press release says, but musicians are encouraged to bring their own instruments.

Those wishing to join in should RSVP to or just show up at 1 p.m. on Thursday.

Moscow-based Vezhlivy Otkaz, one of the finest bands to come out of the Soviet rock explosion in the 1980s, will return to St. Petersburg for a rare concert for the first time since 2003. Led by Roman Suslov, the band will perform at the newly-opened club Shum on Friday.

Noize MC, the Moscow-based rapper who made news when he was sentenced to 10 days in prison for allegedly insulting the police in a song and in comments made while performing in Volgograd, before emerging from jail with a brilliant song about violence and corruption in the Russian police, will perform at Kosmonavt on Friday.

Catch the legendary Tuvan throat singers Huun Huur Tu at the Shostakovich Philharmonic Hall, or British ska-punk band Random Hand at Tantsy, both on Saturday.

— By Sergey Chernov



Friday, Jan. 30 through Wednesday, Feb. 4

A retrospective of the films of Roman Polanski starts today at Loft-Project Etagi, 74 Ligovsky Prospekt, with a screening of ‘Repulsion’ at 7 p.m. and ‘Rosemary’s Baby’ at 9:15 p.m. The series runs through Feb. 4 and will include Polanski's eminently creepy ‘The Tenant,’ the cult comedy ‘The Fearless Vampire Killers’ and ‘Cul-de-sac’ among others. Tickets are 150-200 rubles and the complete schedule is available at

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