July 22, 2009

Mile High Music Festival 2009 Wrap-Up: Devotchka

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I saw Devotchka last year at Monolith for the first time, despite having heard more about them than I thought I'd be able to handle (living in the state that band is from after they scored Little Miss Sunshine = you hear about them all the time). I was happy for a second chance to see them, now without the pressure of headlining a festival. Now monumentally scaled down from the performers who appeared one cold night last September, 3 of the 4 performers gain the stage and instantly started having sound problems :/ . The vocal mic kept feeding back, and bass was overwhelming, and you could barely hear the drums. Then the bass was cut out all the way and you could barely hear the guitar. The performers were not phased and did their best to keep things rolling as they stumbled to the end of the song. As the Violinist joined them, the sound booths fixed the problems, got everything going well, and the band started their second song, replacing the bass with a tuba, much to the crowd's delight. The theremin was also introduced to the set during this song. The third song was a fantastically re-imagined version of Femme Fatal by the Velvet Underground that left me shocked and tingling for a good 10 minutes after they ended. From there it was basic Devotchka as usually, which, if you know Devotchka, is never very usual, and always delightful.

DeVotchKa - Undone
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