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This New Orleans-based quintet has a song called "The Real Deal" — a swampy, clapboard shuffle that burns with southern soul that's, well, simply the real deal. Formed by ringleader and renegade Sam Doores, the Deslondes have been gathering a following as they traipsed from the stages of Newport Folk to opening for Alabama Shakes and fellow Big Easy inhabitants Hurray for the Riff Raff. With an album expected in late spring or early summer on New West, they manage to resurrect a lost sound — Stax and Sun records are distinct touch points, as are upright-bass-driven melodies — while giving it a modern, vibrant swing, building on the foundations of old-time traditions without sounding like they're stepping out of a time machine. M.M.