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Boys, girls and Pepsi

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I recently started contributing to Pepsi‘s new website about music. The first subject I knew I had to cover was the comeback of girlbands and boybands – the ultimate force in pop music, that pretty much smashing it across the globe. And it’s not all One Direction in there: I had to squeeze in awesome five-piece RedOne-produced boyband Midnight Red and The Pussycat Dolls 2.0-that-never-happened girlband G.R.L.

It’s in Russian, but GoogleTranslate is your friend.

Just sing me one more song

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I didn’t just take an interview with the girlband heaven that is The Dolly Rockers during my trip to London in March. I also asked them to sing the chorus from their RedOne-produced drunk-anthem ‘One More’. Now that the song’s finally online, I can share their stunning acapella performance right on the street.

Much Ado About Whedon

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Limited releases are tricky to catch, but so far I’ve been lucky: last year I got to New York just in time to see ‘Detention’ and on my recent second trip to London I managed to see Joss Whedon’s ‘Much Ado About Nothing’. Being a big Buffy/Angel/Dollhouse fan, I knew that’s one film I’ll love right away. And I did. So much that I had to write a review.

What do you do when you just directed a movie that’s destined to be the T-Rex of movie history with $1,5 billion gross? You sign up for a sequel. But if you’re Joss Whedon, you also find time in your superhero-filled schedule to shoot a painfully independent black-and-white modern version of Willian Shakespeare’s ‘Much Ado About Nothing’ using original text and his own house as location. And there’s never really any doubt that any of these is going to work. It’s Joss Whedon. He knows his stuff.

Whedon is no stranger when it comes to pushing the dialogs boundaries (see Buffy’s silent episode ‘Hush’ or a neurotic/epic musical one ‘Once more with feeling’), so making a good use of Shakespearean enunciation is hardly an impossible task for him. Most of the film’s sarcastic punch comes from its quirky interpretation of the play’s language as well as its leads natural likability. The true power of Whedon’s shows was usually in its secondary characters, so it was a smart move to put the beloved ‘supporters’ in the spotlight this time while leaving the Big Ones out. And given her ability to switch from romantic to dramatic to fragile in a blink of an eye, Amy Acker never fails to create a pleasantly sassy and touchingly stubborn incarnation of Beatrice who’s always just one step away from falling in love.

Her on-screen partner is a perfect match, too. Despite only dating on-screen for a handful of episodes, it was Aker’s Fred and Alexis Denisof’s Wesley clumsy relationships that became ‘Angel’ (and arguably Whedonverse’s in general) most heartfelt romance thanks to actors’ geeky charm and plot’s tragic twists. And with ‘Much Ado About Nothing’ they effortlessly prove that true chemistry can easily survive a 10-years-old hiatus.
Whedon became famous by masterfully exploring the themes of love, death and love to/between the undeads, so it’s only natural that at some point he’d turn directly to the most dramatic writer in history. After two decades of dealing with the slayers, vampires and superheroes, Whedon easily turn a seemingly-normal story into a fairytale with its dreamy cinematography and airy vibe. And he surely enjoys depicting countless layers of the ever-fascinating subject of romance. At the end of the day, the vampire can be slayed and the world can be saved, but is there really a proper resolution when it comes to love?

The biggest shocker here is Whedon’s decision to abstain from any tragedy. The world Whedon has created here is so intimate and peaceful, that even a tiny hint of danger sends a massive shiver down our spines. And for good reason: it’s hard to think of a single couple that would leave any of Joss’ previous stories undamaged. This time around Whedon isn’t trying to break any ‘happily ever after’ clichés, so it looks like we’re witnessing (spoiler-but-not-really) the first ever happy ending in his work. It also serves as a genuinely touching send off to his past as he’s getting ready to dedicate most of his time to the agents of Shield while prepping another mission for the big bucks-making team of invisible worldsavers. It took us almost a decade but we finally got to see Fred, Wesley and Topher all getting their happily-ever-after’s, but it was worth the wait. If only Tara (Amber Benson) was there as well… But there’s enough Shakespearean legacy to make this gone-but-never-forgotten witch happy, too, right?

Although it may seem lightheaded at first, Whedon’s first (and hopefully not last) Shakespearean offering is stuffed with charming nuances and joyful comedic moments. You always know when the movie was fun to make, and this one was obviously all about having a good time in friends’ company. It’s nice to see that even with the big booms and big baddies away, Whedon can still craft a vivid world filled with instantly likable characters who are as caricature as relatable. This is surely one of the year’s most delightful projects, which is worth hunting for around indie theatres. Not convinced yet? Did I mention you get to see Amy Acker’s killer legs a lot?

NEON IS ON Mix

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Mikey Moscow's NEON IS ON Mix

It’s about time I made a mix – so here we go: my debut attempt mixing some of the music I’m playing tonight at my NEON IS ON party. It’s also downloadable and workout/jogging friendly;)

Nick Thayer – Like Boom
Macklemore & Ryan Lewis ft. Wanz – Thrift Shop (RSK & Hipster Magee Remix)
Katy Tiz – Red Cup
Iggy Azealia – Bounce
Kreayshawn – Go Hard (Dave Aude Dirty Extended)
Jennifer Lopez – Live It Up
Rihanna ft David Guetta – Right Now (Mike Boot Remix)
Lana Del Rey – Young and Beautiful (Panic City Remix)
Pitbull feat. Christina Aguilera – Feel This Moment (Sidney Samson Remix)
Kelly Clarkson – People Like Us (Show & Tell Radio Edit)
Taylor Swift – I Knew You Were Trouble (Codeko Dubstep Remix)
Stafford Brothers feat. Lil Wayne & Christina Milian – Hello (Elso Remix)

The Dolly Rockers

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“What is that? Did some hooker give it to you?” – Daniele returns the red-stained note to the seller. It’s Friday night around 9pm and I’m in London’s Soho with the The Dolly Rockers – British pop trio with Lucie, Daniele and Sophie rocking their ‘girly rockstars’ image to the perfect ten (it’s Lucie’s Birthday tomorrow, so there’s a celebration to be had after our interview). Right now we’re in a tiny iphone-cases-store: Lucie’s getting her 1st ever iphone cover as an early Birthday present and I get one with the British flag – ‘Something to remember from London’ as Daniele put it. Once we’re done harassing the seller and Daniele’s done lecturing him on his ridiculously high prices, we’re off to find a quite spot to chat which (how surprising) turns out to be impossible in that area. At some point we stop at a random burlesque show as Sophie convinces us it’s a ‘fun drag show’. We stay at the bar for the whole show (which involves a very amusing-looking old fella and several middle-aged women in bikini dancing around him) and then re-locate to a sushi spot for a wine-filled conversation.

By then I knew by fact that I was right about following these girls’ career for the last 4 years – ever since I saw their hilarious ‘how-to-wire-a-plug’ YouTube video (which is sadly offline these days – most likely due to the fact there was a line-up change with Daniele replacing Brooke). 4 years into the game and The Dolly Rockers are still one of the (if not simply The) funniest and most colorful girlbands out there. The trick here is rather obvious: there’s nothing fake or manufactured about the trio, as they’ve basically three friends who just happen to also record music together (under control of pop guru RedOne). And now’s the good time to get to know the girls as they promise to finally release new music this year: it’s really been too long since their 2009’s tongue-in-cheek classics ‘Gold Digger’ and ‘How Did I End Up With You?’. And as the girls played me one of their new RedOne-produced songs, I can assure you: The Dolly Rockers have some pretty sick bangers up their sleeves. You can read our interview below: there’s all you need to know about working with RedOne, killer hangovers, drinking games and the importance of looking like a proper popstar at all times. Getting dollyrocked felt way too good.

Also the Russian version of the interview is at Rolling Stone.

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Mikey Moscow’s 2003 Party

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I’m off to Saint Petersburg today to interview Little Boots, but I’ll be back in Moscow Saturday morning – just in time to get ready for the next ‘Mikey Moscow’s Party’. This time it’s retro-pop night with us celebrating the ever-lasting glory of 2003’s biggest hits – from ‘Sound of the Underground’ to ‘In Da Club’, from ‘Crazy in love’ to ‘Hole in the Head’. The party starts at 9pm at the ‘Darling, I’ll Call U Later’ bar at B.Strochenovskiy, 7. Can’t wait to dance the night away with all of you!

And here’s a little reminder on how amazing that particular year in music was.


Chromeo

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Seriously not sure what my legs are doing while I’m interviewing Chromeo last Friday.

Interview with The Raveonettes

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My recent (bourbon-filled) trip to Saint Petersburg coincided with the first Russian gig of the Danish indie rockers The Raveonettes, who I’ve discovered on the soundtrack for the ‘Ringer’ series back in 2012. I met up with a slightly tired Sharin and Sune a couple of hours before their show to discuss their sweet/noisy sound, latest album (which includes a very nice dreamy ode to New York called ‘She Owns The Streets’), social media and balancing life at home with being an artist. Sharin was doing most of the talking.

Russian version of the interview’s on the Rolling Stone Russia website and the original one – under ‘More’.

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Articles for ‘Akzia’

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The article I wrote for the March and April issues Moscow-based newspaper ‘Akzia’. You can download the full issues on newspaper’s website

March

The piece on ‘Keds’ – the play from Moscow’s Praktika theater.

April

Interview with indie pop heroes Dragonette – that marks our third interview. By the way their ‘Live in this city’ was recently featured on ’90210′ which actually doesn’t matter that much, but was a sweet surprise for me.

And my report on my February trip to Israel via Taglit program. If you’re a Jew under the age of 26 – be aware of this awesome opportunity.

Finale Aloud: Ten The Hits Tour 2013

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Girls Aloud O2 2013

From drum’n’bass-inspired debut single to Ibiza-friendly 20th one, it was a long journey of crossing all the pop boundaries while consistently having fun for Girls Aloud. Their ‘Ten’ tour is now over (as well as their times together) and I bring you my own report from the 3 tour dates I’ve attended.

Hit more for tons of photos, videos and my report.

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