Just a quick note from Saturday night. I paid a social call to support the international superstars DeVotchka and my favorite Clare of all the Clares, Clairs and Claires I know.
Over the weekend, DeVotchKa played a string of small area shows in continued support of last year's release, 100 Lovers. It's a continuation of their melting pot of style gypsy folk, Spanish, German cabaret and American folk. I think if you ask 10 people to describe their music you will get 10 different interpretations. Likewise, seeing them live is like traveling through a portal to various countries. I like to think of them as a band of circus performers. When I saw them in 2008, leader singer Nick Urata's girlfriend doubles as a trapeze artist and contortionist. She performed on a velvet string hanging from the ceiling of the TLA. I'm hoping next time I see them, I want to see a bear on a big red ball or a hippo in a tutu.
The group returns to their home state of Colorado for a show with the Colorado Symphony Orchestra at the famous Red Rocks Amphitheatre. Airbourne Toxic Event will support.
September 20: Red Rocks Amphitheatre -- Morrison, CO
September 29: Tour de Fat San Diego (day show) -- San Diego, CA
September 29: The Casbah (night show) -- San Diego, CA
Rockctober 6: Tour de Fat Tempe (day show) -- Tempe, AZ
Rockctober 6: Rialto Theatre -- Tucson, AZ
Rockctober 20: Moore Theatre -- Seattle, WA
Obviously, big shout out to Clare and her band of misfits, the Reasons, who supported DeVotchka on their East Coast journey. Their new album, KR-51, is out now, and she never disappoints me. Likewise, she never will disappoint you with her orchestra pop tunes and cosmic leanings. She included a backprojection of ocean scenes for her set. It was like a whole Jacques Cousteau documentary going on behind her. "Zee dolphin is so lifelike."
Her next show is this Sunday at Penthouse at The Standard Hotel East Village on Cooper Square. Go for her, stay for the view. I've been up there, it's good times.
This is Clare's latest video it's for the tune, The Lake, which was shot in Berlin: