Somewhere between Jesus Christ Superstar
and Children of the Corn
sits the current incarnation of the Polyphonic Spree
the Texas cult-cum-symphonic-rock outfit which manages to be creepy and joyous at the same time. Led by charismatic ex-Tripping Daisy singer Tim DeLaughter, the two-dozen-strong Spree has of late ditched the white robes in favor of military-style black get-ups emblazoned with red crosses and hearts kinda like a gothic M*A*S*H unit. The group's new album, The Fragile Army
, is a bit darker as well, but all of the strings, horns, harps, flutes, guitars and that heavenly choir ultimately renders it uplifting. The Spree's show is a spectacle that nearly reaches Flaming Lips' heights; without ruining any surprises, expect a dramatic entrance, songs old and new, lots of confetti and smoke, and perhaps even costume changes.