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Dylan LeBlanc with Victor Olston and the Lackadaisies


Dylan LeBlanc and Matthew Jamison are young people with old problems: broken homes that won't be fixed, dependencies they don't want kicked. On respective new releases that could be fraternal twins — LeBlanc's second LP, Cast the Same Old Shadow (Rough Trade), and Heritage, the self-released debut from Jamison's five-piece band, Victor Olston — the barely 20-something Shreveport natives make Caddo Parish sound like the saddest place on earth. "Things ain't easy around here," Jamison says on Heritage closer "Streets of Gold," the cherry atop a side two full of competing sostenuto piano and steely guitar pits ("Wind and Waves," "Wars"). Victor Olston recorded the album in Sheffield, Ala., part of the Muscle Shoals recording quadrant; LeBlanc's father is a country songwriter who brought him to FAME Studios as a child, and the backing band that repopulates Cast the Same Old Shadow's ghost town comprises next-generation Muscle Shoals players whose art is anything but modern. Led by LeBlanc's close-miked, faraway yawns, "Part One: The End" strings up a silhouetted Chris Isaak song, while the cymbal-shimmering title track recalls Jim James recalling My Morning Jacket's dawn-breaking heyday. Country rockers the Lackadaisies complete the Shreveportian showcase. Tickets $10 in advance, $12 at the door. — Noah Bonaparte Pais

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