Author: R.A. Bloomfield

Artik & Asti/Артик и Асти

The upbeat pop duo Artik & Asti combine electronic beats, hip hop elements, and lively vocals. Popular in Russia and Ukraine, they are also known throughout Eastern Europe. While both band members are Ukrainian, their music is exclusively sung in Russian. Artik & Asti comprises two band members: Artyom Umrikhin (stage name Artik) and Anna […]

Burito/Бурито

The band Burito’s eclectic music has been described as everything from “r’n’b” to “hard rock with hip hop elements” to “alternative-electronic.” The band borrows from a variety of styles to make a sound entirely their own – sensitive, poetic, and toe-tapping. The band name comes not from Spanish but from a combination of three Japanese […]

Undervud/Ундервуд

Undervud has become internationally renowned for their indie rock music with soulful, poetic elements. The group is headed by Maksim Kucherenko (Максим Кучеренко) and Vladimir Tkachenko (Владимир Ткаченко). Kucherenko is a Crimean native born in Simferopol; Tkachenko was born in Kerson in southern Ukraine. The two met at the Crimean Medical Institute in the 1990’s […]

Little Big

Little Big has topped charts and headlines with their provocative style of rave music with pop, hip hop, punk, and EDM elements. The group calls itself a “satirical art collaboration” and is known as much for its catchy music as its infectious dancing and shockingly bright, brutalist videos. Often funny, occasionally inflammatory, Little Big is […]

Irina Dubtsova/Ирина Дубцова

Irina Dubtsova is a Russian singer known for her energetic pop style, extensive series of collaborations, and strong songwriting ability. Dubtsova was born in 1982 in Volgograd. She grew up with music in both formal and informal capacities. Her father was a musician who instilled a love of music and singing in Dubtsova. At only […]

Fitness Life Gyms in Kyiv

Finding a gym was a challenge in Kyiv. Surprisingly, some fitness clubs only offer classes – without an option to work out by yourself. Others offer extensive facilities, like pools, but at a cost. I found the Fitness Life gym in Obolon a relatively affordable option for basic, independent exercises. Fitness Life is a chain […]