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Polyphonic Plans Brief U.S. Spree

Smile-inducing pop chorus the Polyphonic Spree has scheduled a short tour that will visit major Eastern U.S. cities next month. The run will kick off with an Aug. 13-14 stand in Chicago and close with an Aug. 24-25 visit to New York. The tour comes after the 25-plus member Spree spent several months opening for David Bowie and in place of its expected dates on the Lollapalooza tour, which was canceled shortly after tickets went on sale last month. In addition to the new shows, the group has booked an Aug. 26 appearance on CBS’ “The Late Show With David Letterman.” A recently taped visit to the same network’s “The Late Late Show With Craig Kilborn” will air tonight (July 27) and an upcoming taping of PBS’ “Austin City Limits” will premiere in November. Fans of the evangelical sideshow will notice a change, as the group has traded its white stage robes for brightly colored versions. But the act’s sophomore Hollywood album, “Together We’re Heavy,” offers more of the soaring rock/glee club fare that is its trademark. The group has set up a dedicated Web site for “Together We’re Heavy,” with streaming audio samples. The Spree’s official site, meanwhile, boasts the U.K. video for the “Heavy” track “Hold Me Now.”

Here are the Polyphonic Spree’s tour dates:

Aug. 13-14: Chicago (Park West)

Aug. 16: Washington, D.C. (9:30 Club)

Aug. 18-19: Boston (Paradise Rock Club)

Aug. 21-22: Philadelphia (First Unitarian Church)

Aug. 24-25: New York (Irving Plaza)