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Win Tickets to See Gogol Bordello Tomorrow at the Mayan

12:50 pm in Contests, Music by Travis Koplow

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What has 18 legs, 7 nationalities, 4 percussionists, and an accordian? Gogol Bordello that’s what. They’re playing tonight and tomorrow night at the Mayan, and we’ve got a pair of tickets to give away to a lucky reader.

Gogol Bordello’s magical gypsy punk music first really hit my radar when I saw Wristcutters. GB provides much of the soundtrack for the movie, and the Mikal character in the movie is modeled after Eugene Hütz, Gogol Bordello’s front man (who also has a lead role in Everything Is Illuminated). I’ve seen them live twice since then and I can tell you they put on an amazing show. Between the Russian violinist, the rangy Ukrainian front man, bouncy Ecuadoran MC, and the punk rock cheerleader percussionists, Gogol Bordello is like a microcosm of New York (including the hot sweatiness). It was worth the trip to Ventura for me, but this time, you don’t even have to drive out of town and we can hook you up. Just post a “pretty please” comment below (make sure to supply contact information) and one of you will be chosen randomly.

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Win tix to the Detour Fest!

5:10 pm in Downtown, Entertainment, LA, Media, Music by lucindamichele

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Get this: Full sets from the Mars Volta and Gogol Bordello, plus festival sets from Shiny Toy Guns, Datarock, The Submarines, The Mae Shi, Japanese Motors, We Are Wolves, Guns ‘n’ Bombs, Matt Costa, Cut Copy, Black Lips, Hercules & Love Affair, Grand Ole Party, Bitter:Sweet, Adam Freeland, Bloody Beetroots, Surkin, Para One, Peanut Butter Wolf, Nico Vega, Afternoons, Noah and the Whale, Mugison, donMoy, DJ Kid Lightning, Paparazzi and AC Means. All downtown, at 1st St. & Main, in the shadow of City Hall, on October 4. We’ve got some free tix & grand prizes to give away. Grand prize winner gets a 3-d poster (above left) and a Gogol CD.

How to win?

Post a link to your favorite image of Los Angeles in the comments below, or if you can manage it post the image itself (with a hat tip to whoever took or made the photo or image, of course). Explain a little about it if you want. We’ll randomly select a few winners in a day or two. Thanks!

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Win Tix to Balkan Beat Box!

11:43 am in Contests, Music by lucindamichele

Look! They can fly too!

Look! They can fly too!

Founded by ex-Gogol Bordello member Ori Kaplan and Tamir Muskat of Firewater, Balkan Beat Box is one of those irresistible can’t-stop-dancing bands that brings together disparate types of music from across the globe to create a polyglot sound that activates every dormant aural-receptor in your brain. Plus they bring hot bellydancing chicks to their shows! Woo! They play with Deleon at the El Rey on the 9th.

And we’ve got tix! Just tell me your favorite “world” or “fusion” artist in the comments, along with your email address so I can reach you when you win. See? Easy peasy.

Or if you’re just not clever enough to comment, you can buy tix here.

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