The Polyphonic Spree are weird. They’d admit it, and one look at any of their videos or concert footage might scare the bejeezus out of average indie music lovers. Evoking flashbacks of Jim Jones and his Kool-Aid kooks spliced together with visions of Godspell, just about every PS video on YouTube has one post asking, “is this a cult?” Probably. It’s unnerving, to be sure, to hear Nirvana’s "Lithium" played like a praise-be-the-day Psalm, and lead singer Tim DeLaughter really can’t sing. Still, there’s something so bizarre about the group (and rather melodic) that they have no problem sucking in a certain segment of society (who helped them raise 100K on Kickstarter last year to fund a new album and DVD). If you haven’t experienced them, now’s your chance. Just be sure you leave a contact number at home for your mom, and be leery of anyone measuring you for a robe.
Tue., Aug. 20, 8 p.m., 2013