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Gogol Bordello 

4:50 p.m. Saturday

PlayStation/ Stage

It has been a good year for Gogol Bordello, and it keeps getting better. The self-described gypsy immigrant punks are the subject of the fantastic documentary Gogol Bordello Non-Stop, which shows their origins, philosophy and stage show, and recently, Side One Dummy Records released the live CD/DVD Live at Axis Mundi. The DVD features some of their best work, including the anthems "Start Wearing Purple" and "Think Locally F—k Globally," and it captures the band's wild live show. The band is as riotous onstage as it has ever been. There are dancers banging on large drums and fiddler Sergey Ryabtzev and accordionist Yuri Lemeshev move all over the stage, serving as effective foils for front man/singer/guitarist/ Eugene Hutz, who is as crazy and inspired as ever, riding the crowd on top of a bass drum and inciting sweaty, drunken, dancing anarchy. The frenzy is fueled by a mash up of pumping accordion, furious acoustic guitar strumming and lithe violin cutting over drums pushing the beat like the most energetic of punk rockers. With primarily acoustic instruments, however, the sound doesn't descend into a wash of noise. It's gypsy, klezmer, punk rock and world-beat boogie in a mix that gives a musical truth to the lyrics of their song "Ultimate": "If we are here not to do/ What you and I wanna do/ And go forever crazy with it/ Why the hell we are even here?" The kind of DIY carnival attitude that Gogol Bordello embodies fits well with the parading, costumed, perpetual Mardi Gras that is always bubbling up on some street or corner in our city. The frenzy of a New Orleans Halloween should put this set over the top. — David Kunian

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