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Thursday, September 3, 2015

In Context: COLLAPSE

COLLAPSE, LA band Timur and the Dime Museum's glam-rock requiem for Mother Earth, comes to BAM on September 17. Context is everything, so get even closer to the production with this curated selection of articles and videos related to the show. After you've attended the show, let us know what you thought below and by posting on social media using #TimurCOLLAPSE.

Program Notes



NWF: Next Wave Fashion (BAM blog)
Learn more about the band's collaboration with fashion designer Victor Wilde of Bohemian Society.

When You Think Kazakhstan Think Timur, Not Borat (
The Kazakh singer emigrated to Kansas at 15, sang "Over The Rainbow," and the rest was history.

Watch & Listen

"Heat, Beat and Treat," by Timur and the Dime Museum (YouTube)
Dancing skeletons and dire predictions haunt Timur's latest music video.

Songs by Timur and the Dime Museum (ReverbNation)
Listen to complete songs by the band.

"This Opera Singer From Kazakhstan Has a Special Earth Day Message For You" (FUSION)
Planetary peril is sometimes best conveyed through cross-dressed glam-rock.

Videos by Timur and the Dime Museum
Sample more "punk-operatic spectacle" (LA Times).

"Moloch" Section from Ginsberg's Howl (YouTube)
COLLAPSE regularly references the ancient god Moloch, particularly in Allen Ginsberg's formulation as the false idol of industrial and bureaucratic capitalism.

Worthwhile Words 

"I would describe COLLAPSE as a ride to the end of the world with a glass of champagne, if you can say that." —Frontman Timur Bekbosunov 

Now your turn...

What did you think? Was COLLAPSE an effective environmental call to arms? Care to attempt your own creatively-hyphenated description of frontman Timur? Tell us what's on your mind in the comments below and on social media using #TimurCOLLAPSE.

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