Concert preview: Gogol Bordello’s gypsy-punk is easy to get swept up in

From the July 25, 2013 edition

Listening to Gogol Bordello’s Eastern European gypsy-punk on record is a chore unless you’re drinking and dancing; a few tracks into the band’s new Pura Vida Conspiracy, the whole enterprise starts to feel like a caricature as usual.

In concert, though, it’s easy to get swept up in the madness. Eugene Hutz is one of rock’s most contagiously enthusiastic forces of nature, and only the snootiest cynic could turn up his nose at the band’s jovial bombastreplete with high-kicking dancers, hearty gang vocalsbarn-busting fiddle Grab one of those mega-sized beers and get up front for it Tuesday at the Newport.