From Booze to Books

MusicSunday, August 5

Don't let The High Strung's propensity for piggy-backing bar gigs with afternoon library shows — a practice that landed the band on an episode of NPR's This American Life — suggest anything pedestrian or bookish about their music. The Detroit trio's brand of garage rock might be more polished than most, but it teems with passion. The hooks are big and meaty but never dumb — with the band's bassist Chad Stocker issuing fat, funky runs not typically heard in the indie world. Front and center, though, is singer/guitarist/lyricist Josh Malerman, a charismatic and wildly talented character with plenty of quirks that puts him in line with someone like Wayne Coyne. The High Strung is subjecting itself to its current cross-country van tour of late-night club shows followed by hangover-challenging library visits in order to promote it's latest release Get the Guests, which came out in May on the venerable indie label Park the Van (Dr. Dog, The Capitol Years). Sun., Aug. 5, 9 p.m., New World Brewery, 1313 E. Eighth Ave., Ybor City, $6, 813-248-4969; and Mon., Aug. 6, 2 p.m., Clearwater Main Library, 100 N. Osceola Ave., Clearwater, 727-562-4970.

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