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Nashe Radio plays popular music that isn't quite "pop." What's big in Russian-language rock, rap, punk, R&B, and alternative? Nashe Radio's all-Russian and eclectic play list can tell you. Once a month, SRAS provides a snapshot of what's at the top of their charts, with YouTube videos and additional commentary taken from the Russian Popular Music page of our Library.

1. "Сделай тише" (Be Quiet) - Casual

Casual is a relatively new band on the Russian rock stage. It was founded in 2009 and issued its debut album INSIDE in 2012. Music critics agree that their style is not comparable to any other band. One-of-a-kind sound, easy-to-remember lyrics and voice of their charismatic leader Alexey Yashin create the recipe of CASUAL's success.

Listen to "Сделай тише" here.

Below is another hit from the same band: "Беги, Леша, беги"

2. "Когда я знал тебя совсем другой" (When I Knew You Completely Differently) - Casual и Крематорий

After running through several names including "The Lady Killers" and "Black Sunday," the group finally decided on "Crematorium." With such a morbid name, it's not surprising that much of their lyrics are also quite dark – and they mix violins and renaissance instruments in for dissonance. The group themselves are also apparently quite moody and were often marked by arguments between front man Armen Grigoryan and co founder Viktor Troegubov. Troegubov eventually left the band and formed another group called "Smoke."

The version of the song below is an older cover of the hit by Крематорий.

3. "Стремиться" (To Try) - F.P.G.

The punk band F.P.G. was formed in 1993. At first, the group only performed covers of well-known English punk songs and wrote very few of their own songs. Despite how long they have been touring and performing, the group has only released three albums, their first having been released in 1999. The group explains that they prefer to concentrate on touring – they’ve performed in hundreds of cities and small towns all over Russia as well as in dozens of rock festivals and tours with other bands.

4. "Музыка" (Music) - Алиса

Alisa is considered one of the most influential banks in Russian rock. They formed in 1983 in St. Petersburg (then Leningrad) and the group’s name is from Lewis Carroll's "Alice in Wonderland." The band's songs and lyrics started out as typical themes of rock and roll and social protest, but after lead singer Konstantin Kinchev's baptism into the Russian Orthodox Church in 1990, the band's lyrics began to take on the themes of Christianity and Slavic unity. This caused the group to lose some of its "hardcore" fan following but most of the "Alisa Army" (what their fans call themselves) have remained loyal.

5. "Журавли" (The Cranes) - АнимациЯ

Russian rock-band “Animatsiya” was founded in Chistopol, the second largest city of Tatarstan Republic, home of famous VOSTOK watch brand of the Soviet Union. The watch factory is no more, but the band just came out with their new album “Время Ё,” which is characteristic of the current time – turbulent, unbearable, non-uniform, easy and strange at the same time.

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