Denver quartet DeVotchKa led by frontman Nick Urata has been at the forefront of this decades neo-Balkan movement, what with all of their accordions, sousaphones, bouzoukis and Gypsy melodies. Still, the band has cross-pollinated that with some other sounds; Uratas suave, melancholy croon sometimes has his group sounding like Morrissey or Bryan Ferry on a tour of Hungarian villages. And on this years A Mad & Faithful Telling, the bands fifth album, DeVotchka incorporates sounds from the hills of Spain, the banks of the Seine, and wedding halls in Tel Aviv. Its rousing and appealing, for sure, regardless of whether you find it exotic or, as my favorite (and mostly positive) DeVotchKa review put it, perfect background music for a haunted Olive Garden. With Mt. St. Helens Vietnam Band Tuesday and Norfolk and Western Wednesday. DJ Kid Hops supports both nights.
Tue., Dec. 30, 8 p.m.; Wed., Dec. 31, 8 p.m., 2008