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Musicians live on in the afterlife because they are the closest thing we have to totems (well, totems that we can purchase on eBay). So it’s no surprise that people accept bands like Creed giving the Bible its own power ballad. Ever since those CCD dropouts started flyin’ the flannel, it was only a matter of time before there was an indie-rock response, ironic or otherwise. So now we turn and bow our heads before the Polyphonic Spree, a band that proclaims that it is not simply a band, but a “choral symphonic pop band.” That translates to 12 musicians and a full-on 12-member choir. The “family,” an adult Langley Schools Music Project, inevitably gets tagged with the Up With People simile in reviews. But it is really a little “Eleanor Rigby” and a whole lotta Pink Floyd. It can be beautiful in the way that having, like, 20 people harmonizing in your ear can be, especially when they sing: “God only knows what you’re missing” and “You’re hanging around today/you’re pulling yourself with clay.” You want to get up, dance, and perhaps lift your hands heavenward and speak in tongues. Or maybe you just want to go to the show and announce that you are a convert to this bright side of the moon. The Polyphonic Spree plays with the Trachtenburg Family Slideshow Players and Patrick Park at 7:30 p.m. Tuesday, June 10, and with Patrick Park and Corn Mo at 7:30 p.m. Wednesday, June 11, at the 9:30 Club, 815 V St. NW. $10. (202) 393-0930. (Jason Cherkis)