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DeVotchka have quietly become one of the most celebrated bands making music today. A disparate, yet articulate union of Eastern European, Southwestern, South American, and American roots music, both punk and folk, it is music unique enough, performed at virtuosic degree, and teeming with enough intangibles, to rightly be called ‘special.' With violin, accordion, sousaphone, upright bass, theremin, bazooki, trumpet, piano, drums, guitars, and soaring vocals, this multi-instrumental four-piece creates an alternately tragic and uplifting orchestra unlike anything you're likely to have heard.

Behind three records (SuperMelodrama, 2000, Una Volta 2003, How it ends 2004), DeVotchka began its touring life as a house band for a North American touring Burlesque troupe. Since then, DeVotchka has traversed the continent with a wide range of like-minded musical peers including Belle & Sebastian, M.Ward, Calexico, 16 Horsepower, Los Lobos, Jim White, and the Dresden Dolls.

The release of How it ends introduced the country to what a burgeoning national audience had been following for four years. A staggeringly good record from far out of left field, How it ends met with nearly universal acclaim. The exposure turned the band into a growing underground phenomenon. DeVotchka continually sell out shows nationwide as they bring their transcendent and beautiful live show to the road.

Note: This profile was written in or before 2007.

DeVotchka Facts

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