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Gogol Bordello

With Mad Happy. Sunday, May 1, at the Lime Spider, Akron.

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If you think the theme of sex, drugs, and rock and roll has been played out, a single listen to Gogol Bordello will restore your faith in the power of music to jolt you out of complacency. Gogol's lead singer, songwriter, and chief maniac, Eugene Hutz, and his cohorts continue their cultural crusade to build a bridge between Gypsy stomp, rock, reggae, and other brands of rebel music, from flamenco to the perestroika punk that blossomed in Eastern Europe in the mid-'80s. The band's latest, six-song EP, East Infection, brims with its special brand of post-punk shenanigans. Highlights include "Avenue B," a visit to a Ukrainian bathhouse where immigrants engage in a political discussion, which blends tango, rap, reggae, and swooning Gypsy accordion music to make its internationalist point, and "Mala Vida," a tune by Manu Chao, a French-Spanish rocker with an outlook as universal as Hutz's. It's a blistering jolt of Gypsy punk rock, accented by an agitated flamenco-guitar break.

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