Devotchka is a punk-possessed calliope rollicking out Eastern European gypsy melodies, a wind-blown soundtrack to a Sergio Leone flick, a cha-cha-cha, eine bischen Berliner cabaret -- all with a nod somewhere in there to David Byrne.
The band is from Denver, which says nothing at all about their music, but just knowing it can change your preconceptions about The Mile High City.
The group includes vocalist Nick Urata on guitar and trumpet, Tom Hagerman on violin and accordion (though he probably doesn't play them at the same time), Jeanie Schroeder on sousaphone -- yes, sousaphone -- and bass, and drummer Shawn King.
Their 2003 release, "Una Volta," was promoted with a tour featuring burlesque and fetish entertainer Dita Von Tesse ("See Dita in corsets! Stockings! Lingerie!" her Web site blares). With any luck, your own musical obsessions and fixations will be sated after the Devotchka show.
M Sept. 12, 8 p.m. 7th St. Entry, 701 1st Ave. N. $10-$12. 332-1775, www.first-avenue.com.
The way he sounds tonight
Steve Tyrell was a success in the music business long before he became a success in the music business.
As a studio executive at Scepter Records, he promoted and supported the label's easy-listening, sold-gold recordings by Dionne Warwick of Burt Bacharach and Hal David songs. Tyrell also produced B.J. Thomas's big hits, "Hooked on a Feeling" and "Raindrops Keep Falling on My Head." He also co-wrote a couple of forgettable hits, "How Do You Talk to an Angel" (by the Heights) and "Hold On," for Jamie Walters. He also worked on the soundtracks to movies such as "Mystic Pizza" and, gulp, "The Brady Bunch Movie."
So, yeah, this guy's been around. When he got the chance to croon "The Way You Look Tonight" for the soundtrack to Steve Martin's remake of "Father of the Bride" back in 1991, he had no idea that it would launch a career dusting off pop standards with his Dr. John-like honey bear of a voice.
M-W Sept. 12-14, 7 p.m. & 9 p.m. Dakota Jazz Club & Restaurant, 1010 Nicollet Mall. $35 at 7 p.m.; $27 at 9 p.m. 332-1010, www.dakotacooks.com.
He's pretty, he's got a good, husky voice and he can write about drug addiction with conviction. So why isn't Bob Schneider a star?
No one knows. But you can enjoy the funk, country, pop and folk hybrid that comprises this Austin, Tex. as performer when he's in town Friday night.
F Sept. 16, 8 p.m. Fine Line Music Caf/, 318 1st Ave. N. $16-$19. 338-8100, www.finelinemusic.com.
Loggins and Messina
Their last new studio album was released in 1976. So why are Loggins and Messina touring? If you know the answer to this, you can certainly make Bob Schneider into a star.
The eternally buoyant pop duo will be singing "Nobody But You," "Vahevala," "House at Pooh Corner," "Angry Eyes," "My Music" and, of course, "Your Mama Don't Dance" at the show.
Sa Sept. 17, 8 p.m. Target Center, 600 1st Ave. N. $26.75-$76.75. 673-0900, www.targetcenter.com.
Michael Metzger can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.