Unsurprisingly given their J.D. Salinger-inspired name, Raise Up Roof Beams has a literary bent, matching ramshackle country-rock-folk-whatever tunes to earnest words that range from wistful to sardonic. “Sleeping next to her felt so alone,” sings head Beam Nathan Robinson on the jingle-jangle “Heavy Machine,” before offering treacly similes that explain why diaries once came with locks. (The experience was also “like an empty nest,” apparently.) And yet, set to swaying, sing-song cadences that recall Bob Dylan and the Decemberists, there’s something endearing about the Harrisburg, Pa., band’s pungent brand of juvenilia. We’re all emo now, and if it’s been a while since you’ve read Catcher in the Rye, tonight’s your chance to catch up.
RAISE UP ROOF BEAMS PERFORMS WITH BROTHERS PONY AND VOX POP AT 9:30 P.M. AT THE RED AND THE BLACK, 1212 H ST. NE. $8. (202) 399-3201.