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Monday, June 21, 2010

Gogol Bordello

Trans-Continental Hustle (American)

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The high-energy affinity between punk rock and traditional Eastern European music was explored as far back as Brave Combo and Camper van Beethoven. Gogol Bordello, a group of American transplants from the former Soviet Union working the East Coast club circuit, bring a pointed edge to the enterprise with their new album. Produced by Rick Rubin, the band’s loose-limbed songs are powered by fiddles and accordions as well as guitars, bouncing along on tempos that careen between stomping rock and crazed polka. The lyrics, as thoughtful as they are forceful, are delivered with raw urgency.