The High Strung is a trio from the Greater Detroit area that plays quick, fast, straightforward, and very good rock and roll. These days, such a no-bullshit m.o. is almost revolutionary, but whats genuinely groundbreaking about the band is its affinity for playing the quietest of sanctums: the public library. Four years ago, they were touring with the Brian Jonestown Massacre when a Detroit-area librarian/former college radio DJ named Bill Harmer invited them to play a free show for teens. They did, and then they did more like-minded gigs, eventually capturing the interest of NPRs Ira Glass, who devoted a This American Life segment to the High Strungs bibliophilic tendencies. Since that airing, the band has barely been able to keep up with bookish demand; that it is able to squeeze an actual nightclub gig into its schedule here is a small miracle. But if youre over the age of 21 and live on the grittier side of 520, thats frankly the show to catch. The bands music was meant to be digested alongside copious amounts of cheap beer. Detroit Rock City, baby. These boys dont let you forget it.
Fri., Aug. 21, 10 p.m., 2009