Meet the New Bums! They're not your father's Bums, but they're bringing good old-fashioned songcraft back for another try. Ben from Six Organs and Donovan from Skygreen Leopards; two voices and guitars with the occasional other element all compete for the loneliest sound in the room. Lots of laughs too — if you like 'em dark, that is.

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Buzzirque, a new modern alternative band was formed by iconic beatmaker John Hewitt and technical guitar wizard Steve Diedrich in October 2012. Early 2013, Buzzirique added creative and talented musician Ryan Williams on electric and stand up bass. This special brew of artists have a unique rock n roll sound.

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Brooklyn's Small Black really hit their stride with last year's Limits of Desire, an album that deftly expanded their warm, synth-fed sound into an epic and anthemic thing. We're glad, then, that the quartet isn't putting their feet up in 2014. [...] Real People, out April 1 on Jagjaguwar, was recorded quickly, using the "first thought, best thought" method, says singer Josh Kolenik. Frankie Rose contribute to the dance-powered titular track and the panoramic "Lines of Latitude." Closer "The Downtown Lights" is a Blue Nile cover. [SPIN]

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