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Russki rockers Mumiy Troll launch U.S. tour

Mumiy troll One of the most entertaining acts this writer caught at the South By Southwest confab this year was Russia's Mumiy Troll. You wouldn't think a band from the former Soviet Union would know how to rock, but the revved-up four-piece had the moves and the sound to best almost any homegrown band on display in Austin this year.

They'll be hitting U.S. venues again this year with an original sound that's hard to define, as their announcement release makes risibly clear: The Trolls are compared in various press clips to acts as varied as Tom Petty, Bauhaus, the Afghan Whigs, Flock of Seagulls, Public Image Ltd., the English Beat and DeVotchka. Eh?

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