After all of the initial "Oh, these guys sound like—" comparisons end and it's conceded that Murzik don't really sound that much like anything else out there right now, the real enjoyment can begin. Sure, they will forevermore be lumped in with bands in the vein of Gogol Bordello and DeVotchKa, but they aren't nearly as overt as the former or as luminously beautiful as the latter (in a good way). In short, they aren't trying so damn hard to be something, anything. Their sound, which employs a delicate mixture of accordions, bells, and a glockenspiel along with your more "traditional" instruments, is unquestionably the stuff often referred to as "gypsy music," but it's also subdued and minimalist, yet never boring or part of the background din. And there is hardly a more appropriate space in which to celebrate their CD release than the lush, Roarin' '20s-inspired confines of the Kitty Cat Klub, which, coupled with Murzik's music, should make everyone believe that time travel is possible. With James Apollo and Black Audience.
Sat., March 8, 9 p.m., 2008