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Thursday, May 8, 2008


Tonight @ the Turner Hall Ballroom - 8 p.m.

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DeVotchKa merges the spastic desperation of late-’70s Talking Heads with the orchestral sweep of Arcade Fire’s more grandiose work. Leader Nick Urata’s vocals often recall Win Butler’s yelping vibrato, which makes the Arcade Fire comparisons even more plentiful. On DeVotchKa’s latest, A Mad & Faithful Telling, the band toys with even more exotic instrumentation than usual, further underscoring worldly muses that were always present. The Denver-based four-piece breaks out an impressive arsenal of instruments for its sensational live shows, including a sousaphone, an accordion, a piano, a violin, a bouzouki, an upright bass and a Theremin. They share an 8 p.m. Turner Hall Ballroom bill with opener Basia Bulat tonight.