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Gogol Bordello will headline The Electric Factory on New Years Eve

Photo by John Vettese
Photo by John Vettese

Things we know about Gogol Bordello: over the past 15 years, the New York-based troupe has blended Eastern European folk with punk rock energy kind of the same way The Pogues (to whom they’re oft compared) did with traditional Irish music. They know how to bring the party: their live shows are high-energy and sweaty, as we saw at the sold-out XPoNential Music Festival afterparty in 2013 that they headlined. And now we know what they’re doing on New Years’ Eve: headlining the Electric Factory in Philly. Continue reading →

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XPoNential Fest: Gogol Bordello tears up the TLA for the amped-up night owls

Photo by John Vettese
Photo by John Vettese

Shortly after the first night of XPoNential Music Festival wrapped up at Wiggins Park, a horde of people lined up South Street for the sold-out after party with rabble-rousing eclectic world rock of Gogol Bordello. Though the band has embraced its self-styled “gypsy punk” aesthetic since the 90s, their sound has considerably broadened over the years, as Anna Novikova pointed out in her review of the band’s new LP Pure Vida Conspiracy.

The set last night mixed in elements of dub / reggae, South American music, and even pop moments with the band’s punked-up Eastern European. Singer Eugene Hütz was a commanding presence at the head of the slam-dancing, stampeding, pogo-ing crowd, leading them in chants of “break the curse of aging” and emptying most of a bottle of wine on the front row in spirling, splashes of bright red. Check out photos of the show in the gallery below.

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Don’t miss Gogol Bordello’s transcontinental debauchery at the official XPoNential Fest afterparty

Photo by John Shore | www.johnshorephoto.com

Gogol Bordello is one of those bands whose live show is truly an experience. Fresh off of the release of their latest record, Pura Vida Conspiracy, the self-proclaimed “gypsy punks” are stopping by tomorrow for a midnight XPoNential fest afterparty at The TLA.

Incredibly enough, the band has continued to grow so much musically that “gypsy punk” may even be too narrow of a definition. Basically, they’re one, big transcontinental party-starting family. Frontman Eugene Hutz hails from Ukraine, where his family were descendents of Romani people. He’s spent time living (or being a refugee) in Italy, Poland, Hungary, and most recently Brazil. The band’s current and past members are from Russia, Ecuador, Scotland, Israel, Ethiopia, the U.S, and China.

A Gogol Bordello show is a melting pot of everything – people, cultures, music, ideologies, theatrics. You’ll find Russians and Eastern European immigrants of all ages, coming to hear the music of their heritage, people dressed in gypsy or hippie garb, punks, and people that can basically fit any type of preconceived stereotype. The point? Those stereotypes are dead and gone for at least the duration of the show – everyone’s “familia.” And people go absolutely wild; I think Gogol Bordello shows have prepared me for crowd craziness and violence in any kind of concert scenario. Continue reading →

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Watch Gogol Bordello on Fallon (playing XPoFest late night aftershow at TLA on Friday July 26)

Gogol Bordello
Gogol Bordello
Gypsy punk rockers Gogol Bordello recently peformed on Late Night with Jimmy Fallon. They band release their new album, Pura Vida Conspiracy, next Tuesday, July 23. Next Friday night, July 26, the band play XPoFest late night (midnight) aftershow at the TLA. Go here for tickets to the show. Below, watch the band perform “Lost Innocent World,” from their forthcoming album.

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Stream the new Gogol Bordello album, Pura Vida Conspiracy via Pitchfork (playing XPoFest after show Friday, July 26)

Gogol Bordello
Gogol Bordello
Gogol Bordello’s new album, Pure Vida Conspiracy, is streaming now via Pitchfork Advance. You can listen to it here. The gypsy-punk rockers release their new album next Tuesday, July 23. On Friday, July 26 the band are playing a midnight show at the TLA after the XPoNential Music Festival wraps up for the evening at Wiggins Park. Go here for tickets to the Gogol Bordello show.

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Gogol Bordello new’s Pura Vida Conspiracy coming out this month (playing XPoNential Fest aftershow at TLA 7/26)

gogol-bordello-pura-vida-conspiracyGypsy-punks Gogol Bordello will be releasing their latest full-length album, Pura Vida Conspiracy, on July 23rd via ATO. The band has already released two singles off the new record, “Maladrino” and “Lost Innocent World”, both of which can be streamed below via Soundcloud. The rambunctious octet will be touring in support of Pura Vida Conspiracy, and as part of the XPoNential Music Festival (happening from July 26th-28th in Wiggins Park, NJ), will be doing an aftershow on the first night of the festival (July 26th) at the TLA. Tickets are on sale now, and more info can be found here. Check out Pura Vida Conspiracy‘s singles and track-list below.

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Gogol Bordello and Trampled By Turtles to play XPo Fest late night “after shows” in July

Gogol Bordello
Gogol Bordello
Gypsy punk rockers Gogol Bordello are playing a special show at the TLA on Friday, July 26th and Trampled By Turtles perform there on Saturday, July 27th during the weekend of WXPN’s XPoNential Music Festival. Trampled By Turtles play the XPoNential Music Festival on Saturday at Wiggins Park during the day and will be playing a late-night post festival show that evening. Gogol bring their exuberant rock and roll antics to the TLA for a late night show on Friday, after Edward Sharpe and the Magnetic Zeros close out Wiggins for the evening. Tickets go on sale to both shows this Friday, June 14th and 8AM. Gogol Bordello return with a new album on July 23 called Pura Vida Conspiracy on ATO Records. The album was produced by Andrew Scheps and was recorded in El Paso, Texas at Sonic Ranch Studios.

Go here for tickets to midnight Gogol Bordello show here for the Trampled by Turtles show. Below, listen to a new song by Gogol Bordello, “Malandrino.”