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Royal American with Les Poissons Rouges There's a certain gritty authenticity with which Royal American plies its trade. Seemingly oblivious to musical fashions, the four-piece band, whose members split their loyalties between New Orleans and New York City, roars out straightforward pop/rock songs with a distinct country bent and a refreshing lack of affectation or pretension. Singer/guitarist Pete Thompson can introspect like Roger Waters (as on the finger-picked blues number 'RSVP") and swagger like Ryan Adams ('Suddenly Last Bummer" could be a Heartbreaker B-side). But he sounds most at home swigging and swinging his way through 'Dirty Harry Hair," a boozy bar brawler disguised as a lament to a lost love. It's the tone-setting opener and easy top track on Don't Waste Water, the group's 2007 debut EP. Sharing the bill are local folkies Les Poissons Rouges (pictured), whose fine self-released first record, the recent truncated LP Nashvegas, possesses a sunny, strummy, Southern-rock sensibility a la Anodyne-era Uncle Tupelo. Tickets $5. " Noah Bonaparte Pais 10 p.m. Fri., April 11

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


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