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DeVotchKa with Mariachi El Bronx @ the Paradise, Boston 3/26/11

DeVotchKa

Better late than never… (but I come bearing video)

So who says a band can’t achieve huge success on its own terms? No “formula”. No concern about demographics (unless there’s a new genre called “Eastern-European-Gypsy-Mariachi-Southwestern-Desert-Polka-Pop”). DeVotchKa is deliciously uncompromising, with a wildly unique sound and globetrotting vision. What we have here is a phenomenally gifted group of musicians doing what comes naturally, with increasingly larger audiences (such as their Paris stadium show with Muse for 90,000 last year) delighting in the exotic experience.

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DeVotchKa (& Mariachi El Bronx) tomorrow night at the Paradise!

DeVotchKa performing at the House of Blues last April.

DeVotchKa performing at the House of Blues last April.

Really looking forward to this one – a musical smorgasbord encompassing the globe and defying genres… DeVotchKa! And they’re performing at the Paradise Rock Club as well, such a nice treat after their larger show at the House of Blues last time. Joining them will be mariachi (and sometimes hardcore punk) band Mariachi El Bronx. For a little background, check out my article on Ryan’s Smashing Life. I’ll see ya’all there.

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My Top 10 Shows of 2010

Some of my favorite concert moments - Walter Sickert (& the Army of Broken Toys), Iggy Pop (and The Stooges), Sarah Negahdari (of The Happy Hollows) and Evelyn Evelyn

Some of my favorite concert moments - Walter Sickert (& the Army of Broken Toys), Iggy Pop (and The Stooges), Sarah Negahdari (of The Happy Hollows) and Evelyn Evelyn

While I didn’t get out nearly as much as I would have liked in this crazy year, what I did see was pretty wonderful. New Year’s Resolution: See More Live Shows! Here’s my top ten list, in chronological order.

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Gogol Bordello with DeVotchKa, Jesse Malin & The St. Marks Social @ the House of Blues ~ April 28, 2010

DeVotchKa @ the House of Blues

DeVotchKa @ the House of Blues

It’s surely a testament to fine musicians and a memorable performance when one can still recall details of a show even when it takes two weeks to review it. Such is the case of ‘punk/rap Ecuador-by-way-of-the-Ukraine exploding gypsy caravan’ Gogol Bordello and that delicious musical smorgasbord, ‘Eastern European wedding band of your wildest dreams’, DeVotchKa. Oh yeah, and The St. Marks Social was pretty good too.

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Show Preview: Gogol Bordello, DeVotchKa, Jesse Malin & The St. Marks Social ~ the House of Blues ~ Wednesday, April 28, 2010

DeVotchKa (photo by Gary Issac) and Gogol Bordello.

DeVotchKa (photo by Gary Issac) and Gogol Bordello.

Gogol Bordello, DeVotchKa, Jesse Malin & The St. Mark’s Social at the House Of Blues, Boston, MA
Wednesday, April 28 | doors at 7pm; all ages

This promises to be a magical evening of deeply satisfying Eastern European music with an Old World flavor and modern spices tossed in, plus some crazy gypsy punk revelry.

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