The Fragile Army
I'll give you a hint about my top shows of the year list, coming up sometime this week...The Polyphonic Spree's 6th Annual Holiday Extravaganza will be near the top of the list. This show is great every year, but this was possibly the best set I've ever seen the band play. Some highlights:
The Cousins, Dallas' local 7-piece art-rock collective headed by young Stella and Oscar DeLaughter, opened the show with their set on the Good Records stage in the lobby. I sensed some serious dissension between band members during the set, but if these guys can hold it together, they could be huge in 2015.
The Fort Worth Zoo animals are always a favorite of the kids. Plus, penguins are so hot right now:
The band always plays a short set of holiday songs, complete with red robes and dancing snowmen and reindeer:
Demetri Martin (the Daily Show, Conan O'Brien) emceed the event, and entertained with an absolutely hilarious 30-minute standup set:
I always have trouble putting the way I feel about The Polyphonic Spree into words. A lot of people don't like the Spree, and I can understand how some people would be turned off, but those people haven't seen them live. Tim DeLaughter has been my favorite frontman since I used to go see Tripping Daisy as a teenager, and the band's energy is infectious. And musically, the band continues to get better...the audience was treated to the band's cover of "Lithium" (recorded w/ Jon Brion, I believe) before the set, and it was one of the best things I've heard in a long time. And damn, this band is photogenic: