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The Polyphonic Spree brings euphoric spectacle to The Prince

The Polyphonic Spree | Photo by Joe Del Tufo | joedeltufo.com
The Polyphonic Spree | Photo by Joe Del Tufo | joedeltufo.com

You never know what you are going to get when you attend a Polyphonic Spree show. Part concert, part spectacle, a stage filled with close to 20 musicians is not something you are likely to see again. They have been known to play Rocky Horror straight through, bust out unexpected covers, and completely fill a venue with fake snow for Christmas performances. You may remember their big hit Light and Day, with its euphoric “Follow the day and reach for the sun” chorus that was made popular in the film Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind. Continue reading →

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Tonight’s Concert Picks: The Polyphonic Spree at The TLA, Lantern at Johnny Brenda’s, Pretty & Nice and Break it Up at Kung Fu Necktie

Photo Credit: Lauren Logan Photography
Photo Credit: Lauren Logan Photography

Still looking for fun this 4th of July Weekend?  The Polyphonic Spree have you covered.  This humongous group of musicians have been performing and releasing albums since 2000 with no signs of slowing down.  This August, they’ll release their fifth studio album, Yes, It’s True.  In their robes and with their upbeat music, the band puts on quite the show.  Check out their cover of Neil Young’s “Heart of Gold” (featuring Jason Lytle of Grandaddy) from their Trocadero show back in December, and see them tonight at The TLA.

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My Morning Download: “You Don’t Know Me” by The Polyphonic Spree (playing Friday, July 5 at TLA)

Photo Credit: Lauren Logan Photography
Photo Credit: Lauren Logan Photography
The musically magical and wonderful Polyphonic Spree have a new record coming out on August 6 called Yes, It’s True. It’s the band’s first album of new material since 2007. The band plays the TLA on Friday, July 5. Go here for tickets and more information about the show. Below, download “You Don’t Know Me” from the band’s forthcoming release.

Support for My Morning Download, from Flying Fish Brewing Company
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The Polyphonic Spree Holiday Extravaganza: Transforming The Troc into a magical winter wonderland

Setting foot into The Troc on Friday night for Texas pop group The Polyphonic Spree’s Holiday Extravaganza, it was immediately clear that this was not your typical rock concert. A man with an accordion stood in the lobby, churning out Christmas carols; behind him, Mike Gold’s Ballooniac crafted inflatable candy canes and hats for eager children. Men in Rudolph and Frosty costumes waved and posed for photos. The stage was framed by dozens of colorfully wrapped gifts, with holiday lights strung about festively. Was this a rock venue, or had I been magically transported to Santa’s workshop in the North Pole?

A bit of both. The appropriately named “Extravaganza” is described by Spree band leader Tim DeLaughter as “kind of like Laugh-In with the Polyphonic Spree as the soundtrack.” The stunning 4-hour show featured 2 sets from the Spree, as well as performances from children’s singer and cartoonist Gustafer Yellowgold, vaudeville artist Keith Nelson, the Franklin Institute’s Traveling Science Show, and the Philadelphia Zoo on Wheels. An impressive spectacle for sure—but not surprising given the Spree’s affinity for grand, over-the-top theatrics. Continue reading →

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Tonight’s Concert Picks: Band of Horses at Electric Factory, Former Belle at Milkboy Philly, Polyphonic Spree Holiday Show at The Troc, Rob, Lately at The Fire

XPN Welcomes Seattle Americana rockers Band of Horses to the Electric Factory tonight. The band’s fourth studio album, Mirage Rock, was released in September, this time with a fresh approach to meticulously recording everything live to tape. The band has undergone several member swaps since the release of 2004′s Everything All The Time, but currently tours as a five-piece fronted by Ben Bridwell. Tickets to tonight’s all-ages show can be found on our concert calendar here; the performance starts at 8:30. Watch the video for “Knock, Knock” from Mirage Rock below.

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Watch The Polyphonic Spree’s cover of John Lennon’s “Happy Xmas (War Is Over)” (playing The Trocadero on 12/14)

Dallas, Texas’ resident pop orchestra The Polyphonic Spree is always good for holiday cheer, from the showcase they’re bringing to The Troc on December 14 to their excellent seasonal covers from over the years. Check out the most recent one, premiered today on NPR Music – a rendition of “Happy Xmas (War Is Over)” by John Lennon.

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Listen to “Silver Bells” by the Polyphonic Spree featuring School of Seven Bells (playing the Trocadero in December)

Photo by Rob Robbirds

The Polyphonic Spree just released its first holiday album Holidaydream: Sounds of the Holidays Volume One on Good Records Recordings and Kirtland Records. The album includes ten standards, two original instrumentals, and a cover of John Lennon and Yoko Ono’s classic “Happy X-Mas (War is Over).” The Polyphonic Spree Holiday Show rolls in to the Trocadero on Friday, December 14th for kids of all ages. Go here for tickets and more information about the show. Go to listen to their version of “Silver Bells” featuring the School of Seven Bells.