In House # 1760: DeVotchka, My Brightest Diamond In the Area
Denver's DeVotchka, for our money, is one of the most interesting sounding bands around. Over the past few years the quartet has released three full-lengths meshing Eastern European rhythms (Gypsy music, if you will) with indie rock, resulting in a sound all their own not to mention the arrival of similarly-themed acts like Beirut and Gogol Bordello. For their latest EP, Curse Your Little Heart, they expanded their sound to include spaghetti western and latin strains, covering everything from Siouxsie & the Banshees to the Velvet Underground to Frank & Nancy Sinatra's "Somethin' Stupid." In addition this year, they also contributed to the Little Miss Sunshine soundtrack, adding brilliantly to Mychael Danna's moody score, and providing one of the best sounding singles of the year in "Til the End of Time." DeVotchka plays Park City's Club Suede tonight and The Neurolux in Boise tomorrow night as part of a fascinating bill that also includes Shara Worden, aka My Brightest Diamond. Worden got her start as part of Sufjan Stevens' troupe of performers before releasing her debut Bring Me the Workhorse this year under the My Brightest Diamond moniker. Despite the name, her creations are decidedly darker and more sparse than those of her former bandleader, instead bringing to mind Portishead, Low, and the Cocteau Twins, among others. The debut is out on Asthmatic Kitty.
In House #1760.
Focus: DeVotchka and My Brightest Diamond in Park City tonight and Boise tomorrow night. Plus, new music from Sufjan Stevens, The Decemberists, Clap Your Hands Say Yeah, and more.
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