DeVotchKa

Bands that take a heavy influence from world music can be easy to shrug off, since a lack of sincerity can be hidden with exotic instrumentation and unfamiliar style, but DeVotchKa's Romani-rock hits squarely under the lungs. That power is mostly due to singer Nick Urata's voice, which can flip between trembling sentimentality and blustery force with surprising grace, though the group as a whole has a flair for ratcheting up the drama to reach some truly tear-jerking heights (see "How It Ends"). New album 100 Lovers junks some of the group's punkier tendencies, but keeps DeVotchka's wounded gypsy soul completely intact. With Scotland Yard Gospel Choir. 18+.
Fri., April 1, 8 p.m., 2011

 
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