Peter Case, Jon Dee Graham


Peter Case and Jon Dee Graham perform 10 p.m. Thursday, December 6, at the Continental Club, 3700 Main, 713-529-9666.

Peter Case has come a long way since he and his band The Plimsouls rocked the club for Nicolas Cage and his crowd in 1983's Valley Girl, a clip that is, naturally, now available on YouTube. Actually, by the time fame arrived, Case had already shown the rock world the future of power-pop with his pre-Plimsouls band the Nerves, and no less an iconic act than Blondie had a huge hit with their cover of the Nerves' "Hanging on the Telephone." By the late '80s, Case had left the Plimsouls' drama and fashion behind to become a solo artist who has since ranged from acoustic singer-songwriter/poet to rocking hipster, across a series of albums such as The Man with the Blue Fragmented Post Modern Neo-Traditionalist Guitar. In 1995, to break things up, he briefly re-formed The Plimsouls (their 1995 reunion show at the Fabulous Satellite Lounge was a show for the ages) and released a blast of fresh rock called Torn Again. Since then, he's released a string of thoughtful Americana records on prestigious folk label Vanguard, as well as brand-new memoir As Far As You Can Get Without a Passport. Only last year, he set musical fire to Rudyard's stage in a rock set with local punks Zipperneck as his backing group. This time around, Case will be joined onstage by former True Believer and Austin singer-­songwriter royalty Jon Dee Graham, a pairing that has dynamite written all over it.

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