British singer-songwriter extraordinaire Ed Harcourt has a best-of album, but we in the U.S. get The Beautiful Lie two years late. He’s a master of dynamic, hopelessly romantic, swoon-inducing pop-rock and a bit like Tigger when he plays live. “You Only Call Me When You’re Drunk” is a perfect example of his devastatingly poignant wit.
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Ed Harcourt with Jeff Klein, Paul Dillon July 11, 9 pm., $10. Beauty Bar, 598-1965.