Sources to Research Russian Rock

The brief list of online resources has been compiled for those interested in understanding late-Soviet music movements, particularly for rock and punk movements of Leningrad.   I. Resources in English   A. Lecture on Russian punk In the above virtual lecture, Brandeis University PhD candidate and writer Alexander Herbert explores themes detailed in his book […]

Rock Music’s Rise in Late-Soviet Russia

Starting in the late 1970s, Leningrad’s rock scene introduced a new wave of western culture to the Soviet public. For some, this wave was a dangerous cultural phenomenon that went against Party norms, but by Perestroika, Soviet rock was well established and had captivated and inspired young listeners. It also created a new sphere of […]

Siberia’s Perestroika Punk Generation

Late-Soviet Siberia fell in love with punk. While rock bands like Kino and Alisa were making waves in Leningrad, the major industrial and scientific centers of Central Russia produced an underground punk genre that grasped audiences in the USSR and post-soviet diaspora. The cities of Tyumen, Omsk, and Novosibirsk were the centers of this movement. […]

Burito/Бурито

The band Burito’s eclectic music has been described as everything from “r’n’b” to “hard rock with hip hop elements” to “alternative-electronic.” The band borrows from a variety of styles to make a sound entirely their own – sensitive, poetic, and toe-tapping. The band name comes not from Spanish but from a combination of three Japanese […]

Artik & Asti/Артик и Асти

The upbeat pop duo Artik & Asti combine electronic beats, hip hop elements, and lively vocals. Popular in Russia and Ukraine, they are also known throughout Eastern Europe. While both band members are Ukrainian, their music is exclusively sung in Russian. Artik & Asti comprises two band members: Artyom Umrikhin (stage name Artik) and Anna […]

Irina Dubtsova/Ирина Дубцова

Irina Dubtsova is a Russian singer known for her energetic pop style, extensive series of collaborations, and strong songwriting ability. Dubtsova was born in 1982 in Volgograd. She grew up with music in both formal and informal capacities. Her father was a musician who instilled a love of music and singing in Dubtsova. At only […]

Undervud/Ундервуд

Undervud has become internationally renowned for their indie rock music with soulful, poetic elements. The group is headed by Maksim Kucherenko (Максим Кучеренко) and Vladimir Tkachenko (Владимир Ткаченко). Kucherenko is a Crimean native born in Simferopol; Tkachenko was born in Kerson in southern Ukraine. The two met at the Crimean Medical Institute in the 1990’s […]

Little Big

Little Big has topped charts and headlines with their provocative style of rave music with pop, hip hop, punk, and EDM elements. The group calls itself a “satirical art collaboration” and is known as much for its catchy music as its infectious dancing and shockingly bright, brutalist videos. Often funny, occasionally inflammatory, Little Big is […]

Max Barskih / Макс Барских

Max Barskih (Макс Барских) is a Ukrainian pop singer who has grown in popularity in recent years. His first performance was in 2008 on a Ukrainian television show called Star Factory 2.[1] Two years later, he was named best Ukrainian performer by the MTV Europe Music Awards. He is 30 years old but has already […]

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