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Where would DeVotchKa be without its invisible blenders? The Denver quartet has spent over a decade mishmashing peculiar concepts, resulting in a sonic potpourri anchored with real emotional weight. The band's folky, meticulously woven music nods to international sounds — one element might be reminiscent of the music of Spain, another of Israel, a third from Romania — but DeVotchKa can still conjure up the wicked charge of rock. The band's roster of instruments is also steeped in diversity: The sousaphone shares space with the bouzouki, the trumpet, the piano, and several other tools. Frontman Nick Urata is the band's most crucial ingredient, boasting a timeless voice that can carry both melancholia and hope in the same note. The band's unusual career trajectory has brought it success: DeVotchKa had a hand in scoring I Love You Phillip Morris and Little Miss Sunshine, and if it's any good, March's upcoming album, 100 Lovers, should spawn more opportunities.

 
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