BLUES-ROCK | Eric Lindell

Thurs. April 6
The Pour House

Drawing from a deep well of soul, rock, and blues influences, San Fransisco-born singer/guitarist Eric Lindell seems capable of handling any tune, any riff, any time. He considers himself an “old soul from California reinventing New Orleans R&B.” Longtime blues label Alligator Records (www.alligator.com) recently signed Lindell, calling him a “roots rocker with dozens of original songs that combine soul shaking rhythm and blues, reggae grooves, swamp-pop and blues.” The as-yet-untitled Alligator debut album (due next month) reflects some of the gritty Crescent City style that inspired Lindell in his recently-adopted home of New Orleans from jamming with members of War, Galactic, and the Marsalis and Neville families. —T. Ballard Lesemann THURSDAY


Rock Fight | “Battle of the Bands”

w/ L. Brown Odyssey, Hot Charlie, Dewey Muggles, Catala
Sat. April 8
A Dough Re Mi
$5 ($7 18-20)

In its fifth and final installment, A Dough Re Mi’s month-long, Budweiser-sponsored “March Madness Battle of the Bands” finally wraps up a four-round series of events with the “grand finale” this Saturday. Organizer Stuart Johnson tapped a handful of staffers, music writers, and scenesters to judge the four acts at each round on their “stage presence, musicianship, audience reaction, and professionalism.” The first round went down without incident on Thurs. March 2. Three more rounds continued through the end of March. Punk-rock traditionalist trio Hot Charlie (pictured), post-punk trio L. Brown Odyssey, psyche-rock band Dewey Muggles, and metallic hard-rock quartet Catala will hit the corner stage at A Dough Re Mi for the final showdown at 10 p.m. Check out www.adoughremi.com for more details. —TBL SATURDAY


JAM-‘GRASS | Railroad Earth

w/ Vince Herman
Tues. April 11
The Pour House
$15 ($12 adv.)

Since forming in N.J. five years ago, Railroad Earth have used traditional bluegrass as a foundation from which to explore a variety of musical styles — from Celtic and American folk to rock and country — and made their way into the top shelves of the roots-music scene. Lead singer and guitarist Todd “Froggy” Sheaffer, singer/fiddler Tim Carbone, singer/mandolinist John Skehan, string and woodwind player Andy Goessling, drummer Carey Harmon, and upright bass player Johnny Grubb are currently on the road behind their first ever live release, Elko (SCI Fidelity), recorded during their 2005 spring tour. Sharing the stage is Colorado singer/guitarist Vince Herman, best known as the founder and frontman from jamgrass pioneers Leftover Salmon. Herman recently signed with Mountain High Music and embarked on a national tour in support of a forthcoming album that leans in a more “Cajun Americana” musical direction. —TBL TUESDAY


INDIE-ROCK | Free Diamonds

Tues. April 11

Listening to the noisy weirdness of the Newcastle-based UK rock band Free Diamonds (pictured), you’d think the new-new-wave jig was up. Sure, their “schizophrenic post-pop-punk” herks and jerks like an old Gang of Four demo, but their high-stepping positivity ranks up their with the best of the early Joe Jackson and Klark Kent records … with nasally, brattier vocals. The trio is on the road in the States for the first time ever in support of their Deep Elm Records debut, There Should Be More Dancing. “Call it post-punk; call it art rock; call it an ass-shaking, eardrum-splitting, dizzying set of extraordinary songs that cohere into a truly remarkable, irreverent whole,” states Deep Elm. Opening act Forsake Ya To the Snakes — a joy-noise trash can rock combo out of rural Wisconsin — are on the bill in support of their own debut on Supermedic Records. —TBL TUESDAY