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The Polyphonic Spree 

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

The Polyphonic Spree has proved surprisingly enduring.

The Polyphonic Spree has proved surprisingly enduring.

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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