By Jim Schutze
By Rachel Watts
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Invasion: Polyphonic Spree's Fragile Army is finally poised to invade the nation. The album is set for release June 19, and if you want you can buy the special edition with a 52-minute DVD documentary (made by Julie Doyle) and a Hal Samples-shot video, along with a Fragile Army patch. Then the Spree kick off their tour June 23 at the Granada and conclude with a performance at the August 3 Chicago Lollapalooza, with 25 dates in between. Even though we all know the Spree would never hurt a fly, it's still kind of creepy to know they've evolved from the cult-rumor-inducing robes to black, military-style uniforms. Really, guys? Black? In the summer? In Chicago?
'Cept, Metal Mondays, it turns out, is a show produced by Perfect World Entertainment, a company that puts on such shows all across the country, often catering to corporate and celebrity clients (according to their Web site, Jessica Simpson's a fan). "Credited with single-handedly igniting the disco revival of the 1990s," the site says, "PWE has applied the same innovative approach to its other shows like 'The Spazmatics,' a nerdy new wave dance party, and the comedic pop-rock spoof known as 'Metal Shop.'" Can you imagine dragging your ass to some company get-together and having to endure three hours of the Spazmatics? That's so The Office! Anyway, turns out there are different Metal Shop bands across the country. Kinda takes the fun out of it, huh?
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