City Planner: Thursday 12/14
Gogol Bordello @ First Avenue
: "'Gypsy punk' is an evocative distillation ofGogol Bordello
's aesthetic, but it's also just the tip of the iceberg. When frontman Eugene Hutz left the Chernobyl-damaged Ukraine in the '80s to make his way to Brooklyn, he picked up along the way an impressive repertoire of cross-cultural styles and a busload of musicians who shared his passion for Romany-rooted, international-minded wedding band/performance group/wild-ass party music. Though Hutz has a singing voice somewhat reminiscent of an Eastern-European Joe Strummer, the typical Gogol Bordello record makesSandinista!
sound downright provincial. Their live shows are lunatic spectacles of debauchery that resemble an Iggy Pop show done in immigrant vaudeville style."
With Valient Thorr and Dan Sartain. All ages. $15/$16 at the door. 6:00 p.m.
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