Slavic sounds: DakhaBrakha

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DakhaBrakha, Ukrainian for “give/take,” is an acous­tic folkpunk quar­tet from Kiev that is in­flu­enced by tra­di­tional mu­sic and in­stru­men­ta­tion from In­dia, Africa, Aus­tralia, and Rus­sia, cre­at­ing a style the mu­si­cians have dubbed “ethno-chaos.” It sounds like a much larger band than it is, of­fer­ing songs in which the lay­ers and con­flict­ing melodies are more im­por­tant than a lis­tener’s lit­eral un­der­stand­ing of the Ukrainian lyrics, many of which are based on vil­lage folk tales. Some songs veer to­ward the avant-garde, and the lis­ten­ing ex­pe­ri­ence can be al­most un­com­fort­able, even as the ca­coph­ony reaches a sat­is­fy­ing crescendo. The group’s ap­pear­ance is as dra­matic as its per­for­mance: The women wear tra­di­tional dresses that look like wed­ding gowns and tall hats made of dense wool. DakhaBrakha is ea­ger for the world to un­der­stand the an­cient cul­ture of Ukraine as it strug­gles to be­come a fully in­de­pen­dent coun­try — and the group melds the tra­di­tional with pro­gres­sive artis­tic ex­pres­sion. DakhaBrakha plays at Sky­light (139 W. San Fran­cisco St., 505-982-0775) on Sun­day, Sept. 13, at 7:30 p.m. Tick­ets are $20 in ad­vance, avail­able from www.hold­myt­icket.com; it’s $25 at the door. — Jen­nifer Levin

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