For more than a decade, DeVotchKa has been melting its sweeping collection of influences into an authentic and totally original blend of rock 'n' roll. With the release of the band's fifth album, "100 Lovers" (Anti-, February 2011), the band has headed back to the romantic influences of the Arizona desert with producer Craig Schumacher (Calexico, Neko Case) to create a compendium of short stories inspired by the varied moments the band experienced since the release of A Mad & Faithful Telling (Anti-, 2007).
Like many bands, DeVotchKa spent much of their early years traveling the highways and byways searching for gigs and a musical direction. As time went on, the band began to foster important musical collaborations with the unequivocal Calexico and the seminal gypsy punks Gogol Bordello. International tours with Gogol and recordings with Calexico have helped spread the band’s sound around the globe.
DeVotchKa's first big break happened when Nic Harcourt, former music director for KCRW, introduced his listeners to a then unknown rock band of worldly sounds on his daily radio show, "Morning Becomes Eclectic". Valerie Faris and Jonathan Dayton, who were listening that day, stumbled upon the sound for their movie, "Little Miss Sunshine". A critical and box office hit, the film was nominated for the Best Picture Oscar and, for DeVotchKa's soundtrack, a Grammy. The little gypsy wedding band from Denver was suddenly known all across the nation, playing large venues and major music festivals, including Coachella, Bumbershoot, Lollapalooza, and Mile High Music Festival. After years of toiling in obscurity, the band was selling out shows at the Fillmore in San Francisco and First Avenue in Minneapolis, with breakout performances at Bonnaroo and Austin City Limits Music Festival. The love spread to Europe, which has become a yearly destination for the band.
"100 Lovers" is the album DeVotchKa had always wanted to make. "How it Ends" was recorded and mixed in only nine days, mainly due to lack of funds. On "A Mad and Faithful Telling,” the band had more time and conducted complex arrangements and experimental recording techniques. For "100 Lovers", DeVotchKa spent over a year defining their sound, taking multiple trips to the desert studio to craft twelve new recordings. The final product is the bands strongest album to date, filled with songs fans will love, songs to draw in new listeners, and exciting numbers that fit nicely into their rousing live sets. Guests on the album include members of Calexico and Mauro Refosco, David Byrne and Thom Yorke’s go-to percussionist.
Nick Urata: Vocals, guitars, Theremin, trumpet, piano
Jeanie Schroder: acoustic bass, sousaphone
Shawn King: drums, percussion, trumpet
Tom Hagerman: violin, viola, accordion, piano
The SHEL sisters’ sound is filled with infectious rhythms and hypnotic vocals that meld together their classical training and diverse influences – the result is mesmerizing. Raised in Fort Collins, Colorado, SHEL has spent the last couple years touring to support their critically acclaimed debut release. Whether playing folk festivals or with orchestras, SHEL captivates audiences with their distinctive arrangements and energized show. SHEL is an acronym for their names; Sarah on violin, Hannah on keyboard, Eva on mandolin, Liza on drums, djembe and beatboxing. The sisters also receive rave reviews for their quirky style and creating all their music videos with Sarah as the videographer and editor. In addition, SHEL’s songs have been featured in numerous television shows, films, and commercials. SHEL’s “Hold On,” was featured in a pivotal scene in The Best of Me and it was the lead video from the film and soundtrack. SHEL is currently working on their second record with Dave Stewart of the Eurythmics.
With music as their carriage, strings as their weapon, and the horizon as their aim, this unconventional band is not one to be missed. Their sound is something like a backwoods hoedown meets the smoking basement of a New York jazz club. Soothing harmonies, raging solos and dirt encrusted bass lines bring an old time style into an exciting new dimension; one that hippies and poets, lovers and dancers, freaks and families alike can all come together and dance until the night fades and the sun rises up again. Members Silas Herman (mandolin), Mackenzie Page (guitar/vocals/tenor banjo), Andrew Conley (Cello), Matt Cantor (Bass, Guitar, Vocals) and all take rest in the windy mountains of Nederland, Colorado.
Their intention is to create music that will plant inspiration into the soul, start a fire in the heart, build community, and to invoke love in its wildest manifestation.
If one should ever come upon an opportunity to see Gipsy Moon, whether on the stage, in the woods, or even sleeping in your backyard, they should be pleased at prospect of kicking off their shoes, smiling to the heavens and getting down and dirty to some rowdy good times.
*LOVE * LIGHT * GRATITUDE *