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Gypsy Punk Making Most Of Film Exposure

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It’s been more than a year since the fi lm “Everything is Illuminated” made Eugene Hutz more than just the frontman for the “gypsy punk” band Gogol Bordello. But the moustachioed Ukranian native says his well-reviewed appearance co-starring next to Elijah Wood is paying dividends for the band.

“We’ve got a larger audience, definitely,” says Hutz, 34, who escaped the disintegrating Soviet Union in 1989 and arrived in the United States four years later. “My music brought me to the movie, and the movie is taking the music further again.

“I’m a creative person — not only the band but also DJing and writing and I did some things that belong to art galleries. And acting is not like some kind of a bump in my life. It’s really a logical progression.”

Hutz says he plans to continue all those endeavors in the future. But at the moment he’s focusing on Gogol Bordello, which mixes accordion and fi ddles into its guitar-driven punk rock for a unique sound that’s been captured on four albums — including last year’s “Gypsy Punks: Underdog World Strike.”

“I think it’s totally possible,” to do everything,” Hutz says. “I have a pretty good idea of what I want to do and how I want to balance it. It’s an exciting yet tricky situation ... So with that in mind I optimistically look toward the future.”

Gogol Bordello, Valient Thorr and Dan Sartain perform Saturday (December 16th) at the Majestic Theater, 4140 Woodward Ave., Detroit. Doors open at 7 p.m. Tickets are $15. Call (313) 833-9700 or visit www.majestic detroit.com.

Web Site: www.majesticdetroit.com

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