While Congress and the Treasury Department are bickering over who gets how much of a trillion-dollar-bailout, it’s likely you, like me, have decided to cut back on concert-going as belt-tightening measure. That, along with the need to buy presents at this time of year probably means you have no concerts on your calendar, at least for the near future. While this is perfectly understandable, I would like to dissuade you of this notion (perhaps as a New Year’s treat to yourself), and go see DeVotchKa at the Showbox at the Market on December 31, 2008.
Based out of Denver, you may recognize some of DeVotchKa’s signature sound from the soundtrack of the 2006 hit film Little Miss Sunshine, for which they were nominated for a 2007 Grammy award. The band uses a plethora of unusual instruments such as a tuba, accordion, theremin and a bouzouki. DeVotchKa assembles influences as widely varied as Greek and Eastern European traditional music, filters it through a punk-pop-folk sensibility to create a sound as original as has been heard in recent years.