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The Czech-New Zealand group Metronome Blues is bringing out their third album. Vicious Circles is being issued under the independent label Happy Mutant. The group is christening it today in the Mersey club.  more

The ceremonial re-opening of the Leitnerova Club will take place tomorrow. The event will include stand-up comedy, concerts and silent disco. Among those performing will be Lucie Ingrová, Jiří Balák, Lukáš Rieger, Acute Dose, DJ Romeo and DJ PDCH.  more

After a gap of two years, Rock legend Mark Lanegan, who was with Kurt Cobain at the beginning of the wave of garage rock in the 90s, will be in Brno presenting his new disc Gargoyle. The concert by Mark Lanegan will also include the American musician Joe Cardamone and the Belgian soul singer Lyenn.  more

The city of Brno has just joined the UNESCO Creative Cities Network - UCCN in the field of music.  more

This year J.A.R. issued their new album Eskalace dobra as mastered by Roman Holý. As part of the tour with the same name they will also be performing in Brno.  more

The Indie folk group Děti mezi reprákama is bringing out their third album and will christen it in Brno.  more

The second year of the multi-genre festival Brno Music Marathon is approaching. The biggest summer festival in Brno will welcome dozens of international participants. Space will be given to various musical genres within the festival, from Balkan Brass bands via classical chamber and orchestral, jazz, folk, world music, rock, groups for children all the way to off-street busking. The musical programme will be supplemented by three performances of the new circus Collectif Malunés, street theatre, a magician and an acrobatic helium balloon.  more

The weekend festival in Brno’s Kamenná kolonie offers concerts, screenings of documentaries from the One World Festival and children’s theatre.  more

The Brno groove-noise trio Metronome Blues has issued the new single Virtual Door as a taste of the forthcoming album Vicious Circles.  more

The musical actor and singer Dušan Vitázek is embarking on a solo career. He is looking for support on the Hithit portal for the recording of a CD and his first video.  more

Feature articles

An interview between Kateřina Bajo, the main coordinator for the membership of Prague as a city of literature in the UNESCO Creative Cities Network and David Dittrich, main coordinator for the membership of Brno as a city of music in the same network. The UNESCO Creative Cities Network was set up in 2004 and its main aim is to support cooperation and international cooperation and creativity. Now it brings together 180 member cities from 72 countries from around the world. The cities fall into 7 creative areas – literature, music, design, film, gastronomy, traditional crafts and media. A city applying for membership in the network has to fulfil very strict criteria, and it must be supported not only by the commission of experts but also by all the member cities. more

Many comebacks tend to provide rather a nostalgic or even sad perspective on something that will never return. There are however exceptions that prove the rule. Gaia Mesiah returned with its own verve and perhaps even greater energy than before. There were goose bumps at Fléda on Wednesday both among the audience and on stage.  more

Brno is now one of the 180 cities from around the world that belongs to the UNESCO Creative Cities Network. Only some three dozen of these are focused on music. After Prague it is the second city in the Czech Republic to be accepted into this network. The awarded title recognises the work of artists, people working in culture, the diversity of genres and cooperation with the surrounding region.  more

From 16 September to 19 December the twelfth year of Jazz Brno will be taking place in the Stará Pekárna club in Brno. It will offer not only modern jazz but also fusion, funk and a solid chunk of blues. The festival opens on Saturday 16 September with a concert by the American blues musician Linwood Taylor, who will be performing in Brno as part of a larger Czech tour. We asked him a number of questions on the telephone.  more

Birthdays, and not just those on stage, bring a need to look back. In the case of London’s Placebo this is the case twice over, because they returned in Brno to songs that they have long avoided playing live. They kept their promise and at the Brno Exhibition Centre they gave a two-hour cross-section show.  more

This year the Beseda u Bigbítu (BuB) festival celebrates its quarter century and to mark this milestone it has added a little warm-up in the shape of an evening concert in Kabinet Múz called Beseda night. It gives a foretaste of this year’s Tasov and the evening will be introduced by the Šumperk-Brno group Acute Dose. Last year’s wind brought in the group Please The Trees and the composer and DJ Václav Čásenský aka Atrey.  more

I saw them at the bottom end of Kobližná street. That’s it! It’s a rare example, seldom seen. With this my picture of Brno’s musical fauna has been brought to a satisfying close. After all what kind of city of music would it be if an organ grinder didn’t appear at least occasionally!  more

Luboš Javůrek's Bokorama has never belonged to the absolute best of our folk scene but it has long maintained a position of a solid band whose melodic songs have the potential to reach a wide audience. More than a band, Bokomara is a trademark that covers various Javůrek projects – ranging from the singer-songwriter duo with Petra Šanclová to – today already traditional – the joint concert programme with Naďa Urbánková.  more

The specialised radio magazine Svět rozhlasu published extensive material in issue 35 – responses of employees to a poll regarding the issue of regional broadcasting.  From it, we publish part of the critical text of Jiří Plocek which deals with the Brno station of Czech Radio. Based on the suggestions from the poll, the management of the Czech Radio decided to organise a conference on regional broadcasting and its perspective on 11 October. Both the professional and general public are invited.  more

The SIDES debut album was released in the Full Moon Forum project. The Metronome Blues are now introducing a video for the song War Crimes which was written in 2010 in response to the London terrorist attacks.  more

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20/02/18, 18:00 / Hudební scéna Městského divadla Brno (Music Theatre)

Queenie - world Queen tribute band

20/02/18, 19:30 / KD Rubín (House of Culture Rubín)

Jazz Spring 2018 / The Flash! (PL)

20/02/18, 20:00 / Old Bakery Music Cafe (Stará Pekárna)

Band Pong vol. 5 / HMYZZ vs. Kuležák

20/02/18, 20:30 / Metro Music Bar

Etno Spring 2018 / Daniel Kahn & The Painted Bird (USA/D)

21/02/18, 20:00 / Old Bakery Music Cafe (Stará Pekárna)

Santamuerte (IT)

21/02/18, 20:30 / Metro Music Bar

Vanguard/Embrace the Darkness/Notion Deep/Arilade

22/02/18, 19:30 / Melodka Music Club

Kulturní úderka / Aivn's Naked Trio

23/02/18, 20:00 / Stará Tkalcovna Music Club


Listening Guide: Leoš Janáček's Sinfonietta
with Jakub Hrůša
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