Tag: The Polyphonic Spree

  • The Polyphonic Spree

    A band whose staying power perhaps lies more in their gimmicks than content—twenty-plus members donning white choir robes to black militant getups producing oversized pop songs—the Polyphonic Spree have proven to still have a place in today’s indie rock scene, if only for their cult following. Since their inception in 2000, frontman Tim DeLaughter has […]

  • The Polyphonic Spree

    The Polyphonic Spree is anything but subtle—with 20-plus members decked out in gimmicky “uniforms” performing oversized orchestral pop, it’s hard to be. Tonight, they’re swapping their white robes for Santa gear to promote their newly released holiday album, Holidaydream. Celebrating their 10th Anniversary Holiday Extravaganza, the gang will play two sets, one devoted to the […]

  • The Polyphonic Spree

    The twenty-plus member Polyphonic Spree harness the sunshiney oversized pop of the 5th Dimension plus the glitzy gimmicks of Bowie to create orchestral arrangements fit for everything from the big stage to the big screen. The Godspell-ish “Light and Day/Reach for the Sun” launched their career, but they have since toned down the unrelentingly upbeat […]

  • St. Vincent

    Former Sufjan and Polyphonic Spree guitarist Annie Clark’s spidery indie pop was markedly less self-indulgent on 2009’s widely beloved Actor than on her debut, Marry Me. This seemingly bodes well for her eagerly anticipated Strange Mercy, which drops September 13. But, whoops, then you’ve also got last month’s elaborate Twitter-fueled unveiling of the lead single, […]

  • Fang Island

    Why should Schubert have all the fun? In both sound and attitude, Fang Island’s self-titled 2010 debut was all about the overture. Slabs of three-guitar ham steak shouldered happily against wiggy electronics and a crowded ruckus of wails, the sort of joyous choruses you’d hear from the Polyphonic Spree or even the Flaming Lips, whom […]

  • Emanuel & the Fear

    Remember when indie rock was about stripping down and freaking out? The kids in this genial, 11-piece Brooklyn outfit don’t: They found their voices in the age of Sufjan and Arcade Fire and (might as well own up to it) the Polyphonic Spree. In their minds, no emotion is too small to warrant the full […]

  • St. Vincent

    How does she make it sound so easy? Multi-instrumentalist Annie Clark is no stranger to crowds—she’s a veteran guitarist for the Polyphonic Spree, Glenn Branca, and Sufjan Stevens—but she’s twice as engrossing solo as St. Vincent. Her 2007 debut, Marry Me, was the steel of record that singer-songwriters twice her age cannot accomplish, a musicianship […]

  • The Polyphonic Spree’s The Fragile Army

    The Fragile Army is The Polyphonic Spree’s soundtrack to imminent Armageddon. You know the shit’s about to hit the fan when the 24-member Dallas armada ditches its Technicolor robes for black-and-red military gear. Of course, a wardrobe change was necessary for an audacious new sound that combines arena rock and glam with trademark Spree harmonies. […]

  • Lowlifes of the High Line

    Crabby midsong soundman harassment ranks among the worst rock-star offenses, but like so many other unbendable rules, Lou Reed is permitted to break it. Clomping onstage at the newly christened Highline Ballroom Monday night, Lou kicks us off with “What’s Good”: Life’s like a mayonnaise soda And life’s like space without room And life’s like […]

  • Countless Robed Hippies Build a Gigantic Wall of Nonsense

    The Polyphonic Spree are a 20-plus-member orchestral-pop outfit whose Together We’re Heavy swabs Day-Glo flair on cosmic pooh. Brassy polish masks positivity without faith, Hair without Treat Williams. Hippie emeritus Tim DeLaughter, with his mess of robed singers and his tenor in full whine, breaks the news that trees just want to grow, everyone wants […]