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Tuesday, May 15, 2012

The Polyphonic Spree

Tonight @ Turner Hall Ballroom, 7 p.m.

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The Polyphonic Spree traded in their colorful, gospel-choir robes for more menacing militia uniforms to promote their latest disc, 2007's The Fragile Army, but the sunny vibrations so central to the band's sound haven't gone anywhere. Using the massive, orchestral rock of The Flaming Lips as their starting point, the Spree have a vibrant sound that doesn't quite come across on record but absolutely overwhelms in concert, where the spectacle of this singing, costumed cult drives the music.