Kontora Kooka (“the office of Cook”): an avant-garde, experimental, industrial, art/post-punk band from Samara. Most of their albums are on bandcamp.
Auktyon (auction) is a great, versatile band from St. Petersburg led by Leonid Fedorov. It has been around from 1978, changing genres and accumulating influences since then. Avant-garde, folk, experimental, alternative rock.
Leonid Fedorov himself has very interesting solo work.
Auktyon – I den’ i noch’ (Day and night)
Auktyon – Propal (Disappeared)
Fairlane Acoustic is a Russian project similar to the popular Take Away Shows of La Blogotheque. Here Russian bands play live on city streets or intimate spaces around Moscow. It has already gathered a decent collection of Russian indie bands. Here are some examples, but be sure to check their Youtube channel for more.
HIK: experimental, indie, “intellectual art rock”, from Moscow.
synecdoche montauk: experimental, indie, from Moscow.
Anna Vorfolomeeva: indie pop from Moscow.
Plat’ya za 130: nostalgic pop, indie folk with fun lyrics, from Moscow.
HIK – Ogni (Lights)
synecdoche montauk – Budushee (Future)
Anna Vorfolomeeva – Prohlada (Freshness)
Plat’ya za 130 – Byvshie (Ex-boyfriends)
The Russian punk culture rose in the 80s together criticism towards the Soviet regime and a growing sense of lack of future. Whether because of a new “no future” feeling invading the young, political motivations or just plain musical trends, post-punk is big in Russia again. And pretty much all over the country.
Vnutrennee Sgoranie: hysterical rock, post-punk, shoegazing, or post-post as they say. From St. Petersburg.
Slackers: shoegaze from Omsk. As a side note, their song “I’m bored” is using some funny Norwegian and not Russian videos. Although stereotypicaly one could think it might match a bored Russian’s spring afternoon, it does not. (?)
Utro: post-punk from Rostov-on-don. Formed by a Motorama member, another post-punk band which sings in English.
Vnutrennee Sgoranie – Not yet
Vnutrennee Sgoranie – No death
Slackers – I’m bored
Utro – Dushi Stareyt Bystree Tel