Devotchka live at Coachella

Widower, Final Spins, Sammy Barrett, Tractor Tavern, 9 p.m., $6

If for some reason you find yourself out the night before




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Devotchka live at Coachella

Widower, Final Spins, Sammy Barrett, Tractor Tavern, 9 p.m., $6

If for some reason you find yourself out the night before New Year's

Eve, don't blow your load on some party-in-a-can DJ or punk show that

will leave you wilted for the following evening. Instead, mosey on down

to the Tractor and enjoy the wholesome Americana that is Widower, a

charming little septet that doesn't shy away from their love of steel

guitar or banjos and bears more than a passing resemblance to Wilco

with a dash of Beachwood Sparks. Rounding out the ticket are the Final

Spins, a solid outfit who deliver their simple, raw lyrics with a

chorus of male backing vocals and rambling, guitar-driven sound. At the

end of the night, your musical cravings will be sated without leaving

your body exhausted - save it for New Years, kids! RAECHEL SIMS

Devotchka, Mt. St. Helens Vietnam Band at Showbox at the Market, 8 p.m., $25

FYI: tomorrow night's New Year's Eve show is SOLD OUT, so if you want to see the band and don't have tickets yet, you're gonna have to go tonight. 

Denver quartet DeVotchKa - led by frontman Nick Urata - has been at the

forefront of this decade's 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; Urata's suave,

melancholy croon sometimes has his group sounding like Morrissey or

Bryan Ferry on a tour of Hungarian villages. And on this year's A Mad

& Faithful Telling, the band's fifth album, DeVotchka incorporates

sounds from the hills of Spain, the banks of the Seine, and wedding

halls in Tel Aviv. It's 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." MICHAEL ALAN GOLDBERG

 
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