Modern-day music connoisseurs (referred to as snobs in some circles) are becoming less willing to settle for what they consider run-of-the-mill releases. A guitar, a bass, a drum kit and a lead singer are no longer enough. These consumers of sound want trumpets, sousaphones, accordions, violins, bouzoukis and theremins, and they want the music that issues from these instruments to have a many-ethnicities influence—Eastern European folk music is de rigueur—and to come from a cross-pollination of genres so that polka and punk can be used in the same song. These same listeners feel righteously gratified if crazy dancing or gymnastics are performed on stage during shows.
DeVotchKa proffers diverse instrumentation, influences and acrobatics in such a way that both blue-bloods and rednecks will fall under their spell.
Like other bands of their ilk (i.e. Gogol Bordello), the Denver-based foursome (Nick Urata, Tom Hagerman, Jeanie Schroder, Shawn King) toured and recorded for years, their popularity hovering in the realm of cult status. The band was tapped by the directors of the sleeper hit Little Miss Sunshine to produce the film's soundtrack. The film's success and the subsequent Grammy nod for the soundtrack has thrust the band a bit further into the mainstream. Their new release, A Mad and Faithful Telling, sounds like DeVotchKa reached into an old steamer trunk full of Russian, gypsy and mariachi sounds and, with Urata narrating in his sultry voice, offer up a beautiful sonic story with something for everyone.
May 4, with Basia Bulat, 8 p.m., $15. The Big Easy, 416 S. 9th St., 208-367-1212.