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Broken Social Scene performs at the Joy Theater March 28

The supergroup returns with Hug of Thunder



This is, by my count, Broken Social Scene's third visit to New Orleans. (The others came in 2004 and 2011, an interesting, however accidental, pattern of seven-year occurences.) Each of them should be considered a minor miracle — and not only because of the quality of the Toronto ensemble's output (every LP after 2001 debut Feel Good Lost is a zeitgeist-capturing dynamo) or the spectacle of its performances (both concerts here had the delirious feel of a stage-crashing reunion). It's due to something that seems far less miraculous: logistics. Any time cofounders Kevin Drew and Brendan Canning can corral a quorum of their 15-plus collaborators — most of whom also front headliner bands (Stars, Metric and Feist, to name but a few) — is itself a feat worth celebrating. They got the band back together last year for Hug of Thunder (Arts & Crafts), another rousing rock-orchestra showcase for the absurd roster's myriad talents and a forceful embrace of actual, physical contact in an age of political division, virtual reality and antisocial media. It's comforting to know two things are certain: By the next time we see them, in 2025, one administration will have changed and another will stay the same. The Belle Game opens. Tickets $14.25-$39.50. At 9 p.m. Wednesday. The Joy Theater, 1200 Canal St., (504) 528-9569;

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