The Polyphonic Spree

  • Blogs

    August 26, 2013

    Top Five Must-See Phoenix Shows This Week

    When I was a small boy, I was relatively certain "The Safety Dance" was about a dance, possibly the one they were doing in the video. When I was a slightly larger boy, someone said, "No, it's about nuclear war, possibly the one at the end of the video," which was a little distressing. When I was as ... More >>

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    August 22, 2013
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    May 9, 2012

    Hey, Ladies: Five Female Musicians at the Top of Their Game

    Anything you can do I can do better. Of course, that isn't the case if you can actually do it better. Just to be clear, this list isn't about girl power. No doubt, there are dudes who rock harder than some girls and girls who rock harder than some dudes. Talent isn't a gift that affects one gender ... More >>

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    March 30, 2012

    Polyphonic Spree, Crescent Ballroom, 3/29/12

    Polyphonic Spree Crescent Ballroom Thursday, March 29, 2012 At 10 last night, a long red sheet covered the stage of the Crescent Ballroom. The crowd was getting drunk, and when the lights were dimmed, the theme song from The Little Rascals played over the speakers. For some strange reason, it was ... More >>

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    March 28, 2012

    Polyphonic Spree and Five Other Bands That Could Be Cults

    I was on the fence about seeing Polyphonic Spree, the pysch pop, one-time MTV 2 darlings, this week at Crescent Ballroom, so I sat myself down to watch some videos in preparation. The band is entirely clad in white choir robes, and the of members grows from twelve to thirty depending on the night. ... More >>

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    February 20, 2012

    Incoming: The Polyphonic Spree, The Doobie Brothers, James

    ​Heads up to all the dry cleaners in town -- psych-pop choral band The Polyphonic Spree, and they'll be bringing loads and loads of "the whites" with them. Good luck fitting the whole crew on the stage of the Crescent Ballroom. Seeing how they cram everyone and their instruments onto the mid-sized ... More >>

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    March 18, 2010

    Big Star's Alex Chilton Dies at 59

    Alex Chilton.​Alex Chilton, singer and guitarist of '70s rock band Big Star died last night in New Orleans at age 59. The cause of death is suspected to be a heart attack, and Big Star was set to play at this year's SXSW.The band is cemented in history as a highly influential with a cult following ... More >>

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    February 12, 2010

    St. Vincent at Rhythm Room

    Shawn AndersonSt. Vincent plays a sold-out Phoenix show.​Reviewers are supposed to be objective. By that standard, perhaps I'm not the best person to write about Thursday night's St. Vincent show at the Rhythm Room. So, before you read on, in the interest of full disclosure, I'll be honest with yo ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 17, 2009

    9-Piece Orchestral Punk Ensemble Coming To Rogue Bar

    ​You thought Revolver Records' Outer Bounds of Sound had the market cornered on experimental shit? Nope. The Rogue Bar continues their show announcement extravaganza with Mount Righteous, a 9-piece orchestral punk ensemble and choir from Texas, which will be playing the South Scottsdale dive on Ja ... More >>

  • Music

    June 11, 2009

    Cardiac Party

    Teen Challenge

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    May 26, 2009

    You Asked For It: Cardiac Party

    Cardiac PartyTeen Challenge(Self-released)GRADE: A*Cardiac Party singer Ryan McDowell had it all planned out: By including a package of Skittles with the copy of his band's new EP, Teen Challenge, he says, he was assured of getting at least one positive remark in my review. Actually, Teen Challenge ... More >>

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    May 5, 2009

    New Music Tuesday: St. Vincent's Actor

    If you're looking for a new album to complement your collection on this Cinco de Mayo, let St. Vincent's new Actor be just that album. Annie Clark, the driving force behind St. Vincent, has somehow outdone herself on her second LP. She combines her yearning vocals with complex and overwhelming instr ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 17, 2009

    St. Vincent Announces Date at Modified

    Former Polyphonic Spree member Annie Clark, better known to the world as St. Vincent, will be bringing her fantastic brand of dark, melodic indie pop to the Valley this May. The former member of Sufjan Stevens' band will release her new album, Actor, on May 5 as a follow-up to 2007's remarkable Ma ... More >>

  • Music

    November 8, 2007
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    August 2, 2007

    Offbeat, But Right On

    Completely adorkable

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    November 24, 2005

    The Earlies

    Don't be late

  • Music

    August 11, 2005

    Bonin' Up

    This big band doesn't cover Artie Shaw

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    December 30, 2004


    In a scandal-ridden election year, the top 10 music stories were all about winning the popular vote

  • Music

    December 23, 2004

    Blue Xmas

    Coming to terms with musical memories

  • Calendar

    October 21, 2004

    Novel Tease

    The First Fiction tour treats new authors like rock stars

  • Music

    July 29, 2004