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Orkesta Mendoza blends vintage sounds to create a groovy boogie-woogie border scene

The first time I saw Orkesta Mendoza was at SXSW about five years ago, and the group had already perfected an enormous, vintage Latin big-band sound and intense, punk-like sensibility unparalleled in the Latin scene. Led by bandleader, singer, and guitarist Sergio Mendoza (a longtime member of Calexico and Devotchka), the Tucson indie mambo group […]

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Gypsy rockers DeVotchKa return with symphonic songs of heartbreak and devotion

Seven years after releasing their sixth studio album, 2011’s 100 Lovers (Anti-), folksy Gypsy rockers Devotchka have returned with their most orchestrated and gorgeous full-length yet, This Night Falls Forever (Concord). Devotchka always have made dense, multifaceted music, but on this record, singer and multi-instrumentalist Nick Urata’s film-scoring influence is most evident (not that fellow […]