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The Polyphonic Spree

9 p.m. Friday, May 11. Duck Room at Blueberry Hill, 6504 Delmar Boulevard, University City.

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Although most credit Arcade Fire and Broken Social Scene for the trend of non-ska bands whose roll calls reach into double digits, the Polyphonic Spree RSVP'd its 30-plus members for that party back in 2000. Those who pegged the Dallas group as a novelty because of its cult aesthetic were silenced by the joyous track "Light and Day/Reach for the Sun," which was commercially successful in that it succeeded to land in numerous television commercials. The Polyphonic Spree's continued growth and existence is a testament to both mastermind Tim DeLaughter's songwriting and the strength of the buddy system, defeating the naysayers by outnumbering them.

Notable Alumni: Annie Clark (alias St. Vincent) and Man or Astro-man's Brian Teasley have donned the robes of the Polyphonic Spree, and current drummer Jason Garner also plays in the Paper Chase.

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