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Contest: Dance to DeVotchKa @ House of Blues, 3/31/11

The band DeVotchKa has always brought a little international flavor to the stage with their Gypsy-inspired rock and elaborate performances — it's just in reality, they're from Denver, Colorado. But there's absolutely nothing wrong with this group's homegrown, yet exotic sound. Past albums like the widely popular How It Ends are filled with an almost indescribable mix of influences from Eastern Europe to "spaghetti Westerns" with strings, horns, and the mesmerizing voice of singer Nick Urata. They've just released their latest album, 100 Lovers, which once again brings romance and a dreamy storytelling into songs rich with musical talent, including guest collaborations from members of Calexico. (Check out their video, below, for the track "100 Other Lovers" off the new album — unless you've got something against puppets.) Their latest collection was inspired by the Arizona desert, and you can feel the vastness of the dunes in their songs. This album is once again a grand celebration, and the group's live performances are nothing less than a party. They'll roll into town tomorrow night at the House of Blues.

We've got three pairs of tickets to give away to three lucky readers. Just email us at with the subject line "100 Lovers" and you and a friend could be dancing tomorrow night at the House of Blues. [Update! We have our winners! Congratulations to Michael, Lindsey, and Brian!]

DeVotchKa plays House of Blues on Thursday, March 31, 2011. The Kopecky Family Band opens. Doors 7pm / Show 8pm. Tickets are $23/adv. and $25/day of show. 17+. The House of Blues is located at 329 N. Dearborn, Chicago. (312) 923-2000.

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Our Final Transmission Days

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