Local music: Lionel the Jailbird at Rumba Cafe

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From the February 9, 2012 edition

Swag can’t be taught. You got it or you don’t. Lionel the Jailbird ought to thank their maker.

The young blues-rock band — think Heartless Bastards with a violin, or Joss Stone with talent — exudes the kind of confidence that turns stomping Zeppelin riffage and feathery Hendrix flutters from dorm room cliches into head-turning rock songs. On their self-titled debut album, set for release Friday with a concert at Rumba Cafe, they make a strong bid for your attention.