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Hurray For the Riff Raff with the Tumbleweeds


Alynda Lee Segarra's New Year's resolution appears to be wasting no time. The Hurray For the Riff Raff bandleader debuted in 2008 with It Don't Mean I Don't Love You, a first-person soft bulletin of banjo-busking, boxcar-jumping Americana; two years later, she put out Young Blood Blues, whose cargo included more orchestrated arrangements and a country/rock backing band that could have sat in with the first Grand Ole Opry (in 1925), the last (the Saturday night past), or any in between. Befitting their unhurried pacing, those self-released albums trickled into the local consciousness through positive word-of-mouth and what evolved to be an alternately blazing and razing live set, augmented by consummate-gent singer/guitarist Sam Doores and his 10-gallon Tumbleweeds. But with a sparkling new LP in the can (the Nashville-captured Lookout Mama, due on Loose Records in the spring) and two shows in the first two weeks of 2012 (headlining here and opening for the breakout Alabama Shakes at One Eyed Jacks Jan. 19), the 24-year-old Segarra seems to be seizing the controls. Lookout standouts "Born to Win Pt. 1" and "Ode to John and Yoko" drop the banjos and accordions, surrounding Segarra's cane-syrup drawl with a different cast of characters: warped organs and warbling guitars, a harmonica's whinny out in front and a barbershop of swooning harmonizers bringing up the caboose. The Tumbleweeds and Shovels and Rope open. Call for ticket information. — Noah Bonaparte Pais

Jan. 4

Hurray For the Riff Raff with the Tumbleweeds

10 p.m. Wednesday

AllWays Lounge, 2240 St. Claude Ave., 218-5778;

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