Tonight’s Concert Picks: DeVotchKa at The Trocadero, Django Django at Union Transfer, Norwegian Arms at PhilaMOCA, Brethren at The Grape Room


devotchkaDenver’s DeVotchKa bring their chamber orchestra project to The Trocadero tonight.  After recording a live album with the Colorado Symphony at Red Rocks Amphitheater, the Eastern European-influenced quartet hit the road with a chamber orchestra to bring the full and intricate layers of an orchestral performance to smaller stages.  The band is also testing out new material that will be recorded as a follow-up to 2011’s 100 Lovers.  Tickets and information for tonight’s all-ages show with Pearl and the Beard can be found here.  Below, watch DeVotchKa perform “All the Sand in All the Sea” live at Red Rocks with the Colorado Symphony.

Following today’s Free at Noon performance here at XPN / World Cafe Live, Django Django go the other side of town for a headlining appearance at Union Transfer.  The British four-piece released their well-received self-titled debut LP last year, placing the psychedelic / electronic outfit at #26 on Rolling Stone’s Top 50 Albums of 2012.  Tickets and information for tonight’s all-ages show with Night Moves can be found here.  Taken from their incredibly creative collection of music videos, watch a take for “Default” below.

Norwegian Arms play PhilaMOCA tonight for a rare all-ages show.  The Philly duo is still riding high after the release of their debut full-length Wolf Like a Stray Dog and members Keith Birthday (vocalist / mandolin player Brendan Mulvihill) and Dr. Awkward (drummer Eric Slick) recently stopped by Brighton Sound Studio in North Wales, PA to record three of their Siberian-inspired tracks including the LP’s title track, which you can watch below.  More information for this show with Scott Churchman, Laser Background and Circadian Rhythms can be found here.

Lancaster, PA folk / alternative band Brethren play The Grape Room tonight.  The band of brothers and friends has been recording together for ten years and released their Gone a Little Wrong  EP in January.  Informed by harmonic folk projects like The Avett Brothers, Brethren incorporate tight three-part harmonies with their high energy instrumentation that results in songs that are fun to sing along to.  More information for tonight’s show with Lion in the Mane, Illinois and A Better Class of Criminal can be found here.  Watch a studio video for “Stepping Stone” off of the latest Brethren EP below.



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