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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. "Эпоха" (Epoch) - Brainstorm

Brainstorm (Latvian: Prāta Vētra) is currently the most successful Latvian alternative rock / pop-rock band. Formed in the summer of 1989 in Jelgava, Latvia by four classmates, then ages 14-15, this ‘school project’ first went through the names “Blue Ink” and “Latvia’s Five Best Guys” before the drummer’s elderly aunt suggested the name “Brainstorm” or, in Lavian, Prāta Vētra. Born in Latvia which was then part of the giant Soviet Union, they experienced a Soviet upbringing, the battle for a freedom and were part of the first generation to embrace the new possibilities freedom brought. Experiencing these two radical systems has shaped their musical style and perhaps helped lead them to an international outlook. Brainstorm has released albums in Europe and Russia, with songs in Latvian, English, and Russian. In 2000, they took 3rd place among 24 contestants in the 45th Eurovision song contest with song “My Star” which then held a place on many European charts for months afterwards. In 2006, they received the MTV Europe Music award for Best Baltic Act. Another good site to visit to sample their unique music is SoundCloud. http://soundcloud.com/pratavetra.


2. "Танцуй" (Dance) - Сплин

 Splean was one of the first Russian rock groups to emerge after the fall of the USSR. They are still wildly popular, singing unusual but addictive songs with sad words and unusual melodies. The group's name means depression in Russian and they insist on its transliteration being spelled with –ea rather than –i, which is a nod to the spelling of the Beatles. According to one Russian critic, "Splean opens doors to the consciousness and what door to enter, where to stay, depends on the decision of your heart." We are also fans of their song "Пыльная быль," which was one of their first big hits in the 90's.


3. "Пассажир" (Passenger) - КняZz

КняZz is a new music project of Andrei Knyazev, a frontman and founder of the wildly popular punk band Korol I Shut (King and Jester). “Knyaz” is also the author of many of that band’s hits. The idea of full-scale independent project was born a long time ago. After releasing a solo album in 2005 which was well received by critics and audience, he is now focused on a new maxi-single "Человек-загадка" (Mystery Man). The new project carries his nickname “Knyaz,” a shortened version of his last name, which also happens to mean “prince” or “duke” in Russian. This seems to be an appropriate title for a project that came out of “King and Jester.”


4. "Тише и тише" (Quieter and quieter) - Би-2 feat. Диана Арбенина

Originally formed in Minsk, Belorussia in 1985, Bi-2 went through various incarnations before subduing all Russia with their aggressive rock arrangements and often epic, often romantic lyrics and vocals. The lead singer has developed an image and reputation as "the hero of maiden dreams," (romantic, heroic, but often sad). The above hit was featured as the theme song to a television show of the same name (Russia's answer to "Survivor").


5. "Бомба" (Bomb) - Ленинград

Leningrad is a postmodernist mix of folk, rock, punk, ska, and shanson (prison songs). Known for lyrics that are often laced with profanity and positive references to alchohol abuse, the band has also made something of a name for itself intellectually, infusing songs with political messages and even composing a "opera" of punk songs that explores social issues - particularly labor. The band is also remarkable for its size – 14 members playing instruments as diverse as the tuba and harmonica. The band was once banned from playing live in Moscow at city-owned venues - their crowds tend to get a bit rowdy.

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