A. Tom Collins is a band who is hard to pigeon-hole, navigating the murky swamps of New Orleans R&B and ’60s Soul, and following the cues of diverse influences from Tom Waits and Cab Calloway, to The Stooges and Sam Cooke. Called “one of the city’s best front-men” by Westword, piano-man Aaron Collins drops anchor with an impressive crash at each and every port, transfixing bewildered audiences with his strange brand of old time futurism that is as familiar as it is refreshing. Expect wild horns, surprising rhythms, catchy gang chants, and one hell of a live show. The band played to a completely packed house, with lines out the door, at the Underground Music Showcase.