Coachella artist preview: Gogol Bordello
Staff • The Desert Sun • April 1, 2008
Back story: This multinational conglomerate is led by Ukrainian singer Eugene Hutz, who lived in Poland, Hungary, Austria and Italy before moving to the United States in 1993. He teamed with fiddler Sergey Rjabtzev, a former Russian theater director, and they created bizarre stage shows using period costumes and music featuring accordions, clarinets and guitars.
The sound: It's part gypsy, part Brechtian cabaret, part iconoclastic whimsy.
If you like Gogol Bordello, you'll like: Well, elements of Manu Chao and Matisyahu. Gogol Bordello is like a sacrilegious Matisyahu with a big, energetic Manu Chao sound - with violins and accordions.
Download: "Super Taranta." It's like a mini-Eastern European folk-comic opera, but you can download all six minutes, 44 seconds for 99 cents.
See them on stage Sunday, April 27