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When: Fri., April 19, 10 p.m. 2013
Price: $15, $12 in advance
Luke Winslow-King’s forthcoming third album, The Coming Tide (Bloodshot), makes me wonder if certain elements of Slaughterhouse-Five are really science fiction. Though the New Orleans singer-songwriter is just 29, he blends jazz and blues from bygone eras with such immediacy that I can easily imagine him unstuck in time, traveling back to the heydays of ragtime, prewar gospel, and Delta blues. Winslow-King remains faithful to the hearts of these old styles even as he splices their genomes—on “I’ve Got the Blues for Rampart Street,” a playful ragtime piano melody waltzes around rustic, unhurried Delta blues guitar, and it sounds as natural as his easygoing, slightly slurred vocals. Most of The Coming Tide sounds straight out of the early 20th century, but Winslow-King also has a good ear for rock, or at least the kind of rock inspired by old-timey blues; thanks in part to his squealing electric guitar, “I’ve Got My Mind Set on You” and “Keep Your Lamp Trimmed and Burning” remind me of the raw blues-rock the Black Keys used to play, though those tunes are mellower and more restrained. This Bloodshot Records showcase is part of CIMMfest. —Leor Galil See also Saturday. Lydia Loveless headlines.

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