The Literary Greats

The Literary Greats have a slightly bombastic name, but their music has an understated charm. Songwriter and multi-instrumentalist Brandon Elam, bassist Darin Lee, guitarist/keyboardist Taylor Lee and drummer Chris Ginsbach coolly assimilate the essential elements of half a dozen styles and wrap them in a blanket of warm, catchy Americana. That’s a hard genre to pin down, but it’s the perfect tag for a band whose sound is based on amalgamation. Trembling vocals provide just the right amount of warbling flourish, and tight harmonies and strident voices triangulate somewhere between Jeff Tweedy cool-country reediness and power-pop charm. The antecedents are clear, but never overwhelming. Today’s show is a release party for the group’s self-titled CD. 9 p.m. The Continental Club, 3700 Main. For information, call 713-529-9899 or visit www.continentalclub.com. $10.
Thu., Dec. 13, 9 p.m., 2007
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Nicholas L. Hall is a husband and father who earns his keep playing a video game that controls the U.S. power grid. He also writes for the Houston Press about food, booze and music, in an attempt to keep the demons at bay. When he's not busy keeping your lights on, he can usually be found making various messes in the kitchen, with apologies to his wife.
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