Talkin’ ´Bout, Pop Music

Good pop music is addictive. So when the young group (seriously young folks, who might be playin’ at the club but they sure ain’t drinkin’ there) Manchester Orchestra decided to dedicate its collective post-high school years to perpetual touring (250 shows in 2007 alone), it didn’t have to resort to contamination of the water supplies. Nope. The five-piece’s so-catchy-you-can’t-help-but-dance anthems have threaded themselves into an international network of rabid fans. Slipping between disco-based dance beats and root-rock guitar shredding, the sounds created by Manchester Orchestra are as pensively grandiose as the band’s name suggests.

It’s music to blast when you’re playing hooky on a rainy day, tumbling rapidly into love, or just as quickly falling out of it, and wondering where everything went that was so beautiful, and so brief.

Catch a taste of what’s going around when Manchester Orchestra plays a cheap-o show Sunday night ($5) at Respectable Street (518 Clematis St., West Palm Beach) with All Get Out. It’s an early one; show starts at 7 p.m. Visit www.slammie.com.
Sun., Jan. 27, 7 p.m., 2008

KEEP NEW TIMES BROWARD-PALM BEACH FREE... Since we started New Times Broward-Palm Beach, it has been defined as the free, independent voice of South Florida, and we'd like to keep it that way. With local media under siege, it's more important than ever for us to rally support behind funding our local journalism. You can help by participating in our "I Support" program, allowing us to keep offering readers access to our incisive coverage of local news, food and culture with no paywalls.
Jamie Laughlin