Updated 2/21/2013

Friday: Worldly indie staples bring the manic party to First Ave.



9 p.m. • First Avenue • 18-plus • $25

Denver’s worldly gypsy-folk-kitchen-sink ensemble DeVotchKa is getting together for a Valentine’s show in its hometown and decided to spread the love to Minneapolis and Chicago, too — three of only four dates on its calendar through the spring. There’s certainly a deep undercurrent of romance in Nick Urata’s operatic voice and the band’s sweeping orchestral sounds, and those acrobatic burlesque dancers they usually have dangling from the ceiling add a sultry element, too. The ensemble just released a live recording from a Red Rocks show with the Colorado Symphony and is working on a new studio album. Chris Riemenschneider


8 p.m. • Cedar Cultural Center • $20-$25

Led by founders Seamus Egan and Winifred Horan, this Irish-American quintet has been enchanting audiences worldwide for 15 years. Their ambitious recent release, “Shamrock City,” details the quintessential American immigrant story from the perspective of Egan’s great-great-uncle, who made his fortune mining copper in Montana. Oscillating between occasional up-tempo, let’s-have-a-whiskey-and-stomp-our-feet folksy shuffles to melancholy reminiscences, mixed with current echoes of trying your damnedest to make it in America, “Shamrock City” is both riveting and elucidating. Not surprising for a group whose name means “light” in Gaelic. Spencer Doar

Kelley Hunt

8 p.m. Fri.-Sat. • Dakota Jazz Club • $20

Kansas City singer/pianist Hunt regularly brings her rootsy music to the Dakota. A throaty singer and a boogeying pianist, she’s still promoting her latest and arguably best disc, 2011’s “Gravity Loves You.” It’s a little gospel, a little blues, a little R&B and all very soulful. Jon Bream

Kishi Bashi

9 p.m. • Triple Rock • 18-plus • sold out

As he loops and plucks his way through a set, one can’t help but wonder how Kishi Bashi, real name Kaoru Ishibashi, comes up with this stuff, mixing seemingly disparate elements into a sonic mass of undeniable inertia. As a member of Jupiter One and former violinist for Of Montreal, Ishibashi is an indie-pop veteran. From his associated acts to his solo material, it’s easy to see that Kishi Bashi is a mercenary of sound, willing to utilize keyboard effects as readily as classical orchestral arrangements. Opening is Plume Giant, a goofy trio heavy on odd instrumentation and woven harmonies. S.D.


10 p.m. • Epic • 18-plus • $20-$25

By today’s EDM standards, this 23-year-old is like a fifth-year senior in an increasingly youthful starlet pool. However, few of Arty’s puerile peers can claim collaborations with dance icons like Paul van Dyk, Armin van Buuren and BT. In 2011, the Russian producer shot up DJ Magazine’s Top 100 DJs poll and saw hits like “Mozart” (with labelmate/fellow up-and-comer Mat Zo) and “Kate” drop via Above & Beyond’s acclaimed Anjunabeats label. The sufficiently cosigned trance prodigy releases his new “Together We Are” (also the name of his radio show) single Monday. Michael Rietmulder


9 p.m. • 7th Street Entry • 18-plus • $8-$10

The title of Usonia’s second album, “What’s Fresh,” is a bit of a fraud. These guys sound more like an early-’80s synth-pop band than even OMD does nowadays. What’s lacking in innovation, though, is made up for in poppy hooks and a sexy playfulness by the quintet. “Are you gonna use your powers for good or evil?” frontman Zack Carroll asks in the most ambitious track, “Please,” a melding of Pulp’s stylish drama and disco beats. The Envy Corps and the Golden Bubbles open tonight’s release party. C.R.