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Brett Harris, Mahayla and Roosevelt Noise 

A lot can be concealed behind the garage door of du jour lo-fi production. It's almost bolder these days to do what Brett Harris does: write and release (under your own nondescript name) spotless chamber pop that both music snobs and their mothers can love. The Durham, N.C., singer derives from a thinning lineage of songwriters — Rufus Wainwright, Ben Folds, Ra Ra Riot and Austin's recently deceased Voxtrot — to whom the classic arrangements and melodic compass of the Brill Building, New York City's harmony headquarters of yesteryear, still come as naturally as breathing. There's more than a little Bacharachian sensibility and blue-eyed soul in Man of Few Words, Harris' self-released April LP. Hum-strum opener "I Found Out" and handclap-and-keys centerpiece "Perpetual Motion" are first-class, sweet-talking soft rockers, refined to the point of slippery smoothness. On countrified wooers "Wish" and "Unspoken," Harris proves he could charm the pants off a French busker or bucolic folkie just as easily. Jackson, Miss., rockers Roosevelt Noise and Dave Fera's reunited Mahayla open. Free admission. — Noah Bonaparte Pais

Sept. 16

Brett Harris with Mahayla and Roosevelt Noise

10 p.m. Thursday

Circle Bar, 1032 St. Charles Ave., 588-2616

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