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Marathon of Music & Madness at Gogol Bordello

Gogol bordello is one of my favorite bands. They stand somewhere in the middle of an eclectic mix of rock, punk, gypsy jazz, and folk genres. I love everything about them- from Eugene Hutz’s eastern European-accented lyrics, to the mad 50-year-old violinist, known as Sergey Ryabtsev, who

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shreds better with his violin than most guitarists can with their guitars. So, needless to say the three hour trek I took to NYC’s Webster Theater last week to see them live was more than worth it in my eyes.

I had seen Gogol once prior in Boston and it was quite possibly the best show I had ever attended. They played for over two hours with such ferocious intensity, and I was curious to see if they would reach the bar they set so high the last time. The band did indeed reach the bar, and even raised it when they played an encore so climactic that I am still recovering today.

The Wrestler review [by Matt Gosciminski]


After waiting what I would presume is somewhere around six months time and seeing trailers and reading reviews, I was finally able to see Darren Aronofsky’s “The Wrestler” (after many hateful wishes towards those who are privileged to be wherever “limited release” happens to be.) I have to say that all the buzz and award nods for Mickey Rourke’s portrayal of washed up wrestler Randy “The Ram” Robinson are not unfounded.

The Curious Case of Benjamin Button review [by Matt Gosciminski]


So the other week I was finally able to get out and see David Fincher’s “The Curious Case of Benjamin Button,” which I feel like I’ve known about forever. So it was a treat to see it after waiting for so long. In case you aren’t aware of what this movie happens to be about, it follows the title character, played by Brad Pitt, as he is born a wrinkled old dying baby and “ages” into a fit young man, and eventually dies as if he had just come out of the womb.

Overall, this movie was great, though it didn’t live completely up to my expectations.