January 23, 2009
Devotchka at World Cafe Live
Devotchka joins us for the Free at Noon show at World Cafe Live. A co-production of WXPN and NPR Music.
Using an eclectic blend of styles (from Slavic to American punk), the Denver-based quartet Devotchka has recently been gathering more and more recognition, especially for the use of their music in the film industry. Their work has been featured in several indie films and was notably nominated for an Academy Award in the 2006 film Little Miss Sunshine.
Devotchka is comprised of Nick Urata (vocals, theremin, guitar, bouzouki, piano, and trumpet), Tom Hagerman (violin, accordion, and piano), Jeanie Schroder (vocals, sousaphone, and double bass), and Shawn King (percussion and trumpet). Their range of instruments and influences have allowed them to create a culturally blended yet unique sound. Full of orchestral melodies, energetic pop, and folksy background, Devotchka's style has been called souped-up polka rock--almost circus-y in its diversity, but maturing and connective all the while.
The quartet started as a backing band for burlesque shows, then self-released some albums that they promoted on cross-country tours. Their fifth official LP, A Mad & Faithful Telling, hit the shelves in March of 2008. Critics are hailing it as their most developed album yet for its lush, elegant, and passionate feel. Devotchka took off on a world tour to support A Mad & Faithful Telling, and they are now back in the States, performing across the continent.
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