They say everything is bigger in Texas. I'll buy that. Dallas' Polyphonic Spree is the musical equivalent of the 72-ounce steak at the Big Texan, although you're far less likely to stroke out from it. Miraculously, both are still around. The Spree typically boasts some two dozen members, although it's the sole brainchild of Tim DeLaughter. Of course, with a band this size, gigantic choruses are part of the package. The results are euphoric anthems that can bulldoze their way to the back of a packed arena (or the Wonder Ballroom). The Polyphonic Spree haven't released an album since 2007 (some new songs have recently appeared online), but I'm relatively sure their performance will be as spectacular and bizarre as I imagine Jesus Christ Superstar was in 1971. MARK LORE
128 NE Russell, Portland, OR 97212
Hours: Ballroom open for events only, Cafe open: Tues-Sat 5 pm-"late"