Their name is derived from Nadsat (A Clockwork Orange’s unique language), which is derived from Russian, and it means “little girl”—which is prophetic because, for a decade, DeVotchKa was just another great, modest Eastern-Euro rock band left off the radar. And they were from Denver. Now, they are from Little Miss Sunshine, that ubiquitous flick of smooshy family solidarity and uplifting kinder-stripping, and the soundtrack they composed has propelled them to a fame they can definitely handle. Their Greek-, bolero-, and Romani-folk spirals into notorious oddity live, and should enliven Webster Hall. To think, it only took four albums, hundreds of tour dates, and Steve Carell’s beard.
Sat., Jan. 24, 7 p.m., 2009
This article from the Village Voice Archive was posted on January 14, 2009