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Check out the first full-length music video from Tajik instagram star Manizha

21 February 2017 · Russia · Tajikistan
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  • (Manizha - Inogda / Manizha / Vimeo)

Dushanbe-born Moscow-based singer-songwriter Manizha has risen to fame for her innovative use of Instagram, posting short clips to create the world's first Instagram music album — now Manizha has surprised fans with her first “traditional” music video.

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Meet Dua Lipa, the British-Kosovar star who bagged Best New Artist at NME awards

17 February 2017 · Kosovo
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  • (Dua Lipa - Be The One (Official Video) / Vevo / YouTube)

Kosovo is fast developing a name for itself in the world of pop — think Rita Ora and Era Istrefi. Now add rising star Dua Lipa to your list of ones to watch.

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Reflection: Ukrainian band Yah tell a story of isolation in this animated music video

16 February 2017 · Ukraine
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  • (Yah – Whye? / YahChannel / YouTube)

Kiev-based indie rock band Yah tell the story of a lonely, ageing emigrant in their first animated music video, inspired by Russian novelist Yuri Mamleev's short story Reflection.

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OFF: party in a former Soviet factory with the creators of Present Perfect

15 February 2017 · St Petersburg · Russia
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St Petersburg dark wave act Inga Mauer (Image: Inga Mauer / Facebook)

23 February will see the launch of OFF — a series of five unique music events by musical collective and record label​ Roots United​, the team behind St Petersburg's Present Perfect Festival.

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Mass resignation the latest hurdle in Kiev’s turbulent journey to Eurovision

15 February 2017 · Kiev · Ukraine
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  • (LIVE - Jamala - 1944 (Ukraine) at the Grand Final of the 2016 Eurovision Song Contest / Eurovision Song Contest / YouTube)

Amid preparations already fraught with controversy and challenges, Kiev's quest to host this year's Eurovision Song Contest has hit another significant road bump — 21 high-level members of the organising team have just resigned.

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Geometry of now: Moscow power station hosts investigation in sound

14 February 2017 · Moscow · Russia
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  • GES-2 (Image: Gleb Leonov)

  • GES-2 (Image: Ivan Erofeev)

  • GES-2 (Image: Sergey Sapazhnikov)

From 20 — 27 February, Moscow's GES-2 power station will be transformed into a site of sonic experimentation for V-A-C Foundation's Geometry of Now project.

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Premiere: listen to brand new tracks from Oblast’s rereleased house compilation

10 February 2017 · Samara · Russia
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Samara-based independent label Oblast bring out their limited edition, sold-out cassette compilation with local house producers Caapi and Nissan Groove in vinyl later this month. The Calvert Journal brings you an exclusive premiere of two of the brand new bonus tracks on the record, which is being released together with London label Purely Physical.

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S7 Airlines x OK Go music video nominated for GRAMMY

10 February 2017 · Russia
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  • (S7 Airlines & OK Go, Upside down & Inside out /  S7 Airlines / YouTube)

The music video for Upside Down & Inside Out already made history when American rock band OK Go collaborated with Siberian airline S7 to make the world's first zero gravity music video. Now the video is soaring to new heights, picking up a nomination for Best Music Video at this year's GRAMMYs.

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Daft Punk to team up with Gosha Rubchinskiy in LA merch pop-up

9 February 2017 · Russia
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French electronic duo Daft Punk have announced that their new merch pop-up, launching later this week in LA, will feature pieces exclusively designed by the likes of Gosha Rubchinskiy.

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Running with scissors: meet the post-punk band living in the shadow of Chernobyl

7 February 2017 · Slavutych · Ukraine
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  • (Running with Scissors / Marc Wilkins / Vimeo)

The Calvert Journal is happy to present the premiere of Swiss-British filmmaker Marc Wilkins's micro-documentary Running with Scissors.

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