Broken Social Scene performs at the Joy Theater March 28_lowres


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;