When I think of Russian rock, a few things pop into my head – Gorky Park in the 80s singing "Bang"; the posthumously worshipped Cobainesque pop star Viktor Tsoi of KINO; and even though not Russian, the Scorpions' ode to fallen communism, “Wings of Change,” which I actually heard playing inside a shuttle bus in outside Moscow in 2004 (No joke).
But tonight at the Mid-Easy over in Cambridge, the “now” in Russian rock says zhrastvutche. Mumiy Troll is apparently a Big Fucking Deal in the motherland, with singer Ilya Lagutenko described as everything from the Nick Cave of Russian rock to the Mick Jagger of Russian rock.
Not sure what to expect, though the live version of “Innoplanetny Gost” on the ol Space sounds pretty rockin. My boy Xander of Run Run Run fame is somehow involved with the US tour, so at the very least drunken camaraderie will be at hand. We’ll see how this plays out, but it’s a suitable Monday night halftime show now that "Real Chance of Love" is over and "I Love Money 2" doesn’t start until next week. Doh’sve fucking danya, kids.