The Polyphonic Spree
Coast West Music Festival, Muskegon
July 2, 7:30 p.m.
$35 single day, $99 six-day event pass
As part of the inaugural Coast West Festival, The Polyphonic Spree perhaps stands out as a bit of an eccentric addition to a lineup that includes Foghat, Chicago and Blue Oyster Cult. But it's equally likely that festival organizers selected the Spree gang as a deliberate way to inject colorful diversity into mix – a skill the Sprees have in spades. (OK, we promise to stop calling it that.) By sporting its own roster of complex musical contributions, The Polyphonic Spree made a splash on the indie scene a handful of years back, with plenty of help from word-of-mouth buzz and critical adoration. Featuring a rich melodic collective that includes horns and strings, the group is heading into its 13th year, and showing no early cracks of aging. With a new album due out this year and a slew of performance dates lined up, we shouldn't expect the Spree spree to dry up any time soon. (Sorry, our fingers were crossed behind our back.)