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Alabama Shakes (Formed 2009)
Alabama Shakes is an American rock band consisting of the members lead singer and guitarist Brittany Howard, guitarist Heath Fogg, bassist Zac Cockrell, keyboard player Ben Tanner, and drummer Steve Johnson.

Formation: Howard and Cockrell attended the same school.
They regularly met after school to write songs together.
Johnson was working at a local record store, and the two went to meet him.
Fogg joined the band after hearing their demo.

Music Career: In 2011, they released the 4-song EP, 'Alabama Shakes'.
They signed to Rough Trade Records in the UK, and ATO Records in the US in November 2011.
Their album 'Boys & Girls' was released in April 2012.
It was awarded gold record status by the RIAA.
In 2012, they performed at Bestival, alongside the xx, and Stevie Wonder.

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Jim Pusey's Top 10 Albums Of 2015

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I'd argue though that the last twelve months has seen the strongest showing from female artists across the board for many years. Many acts would easily have made my year-end list on a different day, and many of them cantered on a strong female voice. Solo artists like Joanna Newsom, Laura Marling, and Lana Del Rey all presented strong albums. Even Florence Welch's third album How Big, How Blue, How Beautiful, which didn't quite live up to her previous efforts in my opinion, featured some glorious moments. I debated for a long time whether to include Courtney Barnett's Sometimes I Sit And Think, And Sometimes I Just Sit in my ten best records list. Ultimately it sits just outside for me, although her unique delivery and kitchen sink drama approach is wonderfully endearing. That Adele's 25 closed the year on a strong note, just underlined the trend that had been building all year. It's not just solo artists though; the likes of: Best Coast, Girlpool, Bully, and Wolf Alice, all demonstrated that women were back in the spotlight.

Other bands made welcome returns, Blur in particular were my live highlight of the year, thanks to Graham Coxon's master class on stage. Their album The Magic Whip didn't quite make the cut for my list in the end, compared to most other years it would have. Interestingly it was also a year where side projects came to fruition for well-known artists. Dan Auerbach's The Arcs produced their first studio material, as did Matt Berninger's El Vy. Both albums had their moments, but didn't quite feel fully realised in their own right. Elsewhere the likes of Lucero, Jason Isbell, and Ben Folds produced albums that matched their finest work. My love of bands from Philadelphia also continued thanks to Beach Slang's debut The Things We Do To Find People Who Feel Like Us and Hop Along's third album Painted Shut. If there were disappointment's I had, it was those records that were simply good and not as great as you'd hoped. The Decemberists, Frank Turner, Wilco, and Death Cab For Cutie's albums all fell into that category for me. By no means bad, the material on those albums struggled to compete with their high watermarks of previous years. I was especially curious about Ryan Adams' ambitious reinterpretation of the entirety of Taylor Swift's 1989, the result didn't quite live up to the promise it had on the drawing board though. It may have introduced a different audience to some excellent songs, but Adams managed to strip some of the fun out of the arrangements in the process. By the time there were Father John Misty covers of Adams' recordings on the Internet, it felt like the Swift fan club didn't need any more famous members.

Then there were the records you felt you should love, but for whatever reason they just didn't connect on a personal level. Drake and Father John Misty aka Josh Tillman produced records that despite the hype I just didn't manage to fall in love with. Tilman's 'Bored In The USA' was astute social commentary with it's tongue firmly in its cheek, but it didn't hook me into the album as a whole. Perhaps the biggest record in this category for me is Kendrick Lamar's To Pimp A Butterfly. It's technically brilliant, ambitious, has great rhymes, and straddles so many genres that it shouldn't be as cohesive as it is. The problem was, it left me cold. It almost felt as if Lamar wanted to prove he could produce something that ticked all the boxes he thought he should, rather than writing the record he wanted to. Perhaps with time I'll grow to love these albums, hindsight is a wonderful thing.

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Selena Gomez & Brittany Howard Honoured At Women In Music Luncheon

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Gomez was handed the Chart-topper honour by Ant-Man star Paul Rudd after performing a pared down version of her new single Same Old Love.

Accepting her latest accolade, the Latina thanked those who selected her for the prize for "supporting me not just with this record but all the time" and adding, "I have so much more to prove."

Howard picked up the Powerhouse title at the event and appeared to be more than a little in awe of the girl power at Cipriani 42nd Street, stating, "This is such an honour to be in this room with all you wonderful, powerful women."

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Paul Mccartney Surprises In Hits-filled Lollapalooza Set

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The duo performed Get Back during MCCartney's lengthy encore at the Chicago music festival, reports.

The Fab Four legend later tweeted on Saturday (01Aug15), "Thank you Chicago! Thank you #Lollapalooza! And thank you Brittany Howard! #OutThere #alabamashakes #Lolla2015".

The two-hour set overran, much to the delight of the crowd, and featured plenty of Beatles and Wings classics. MCCartney also teased fans with a snippet of his hit with Rihanna and Kanye West, FourFiveSeconds - it is the first time he's performed the song solo, since the trio debuted it at the Grammy Awards earlier this year (15).

T In The Park 2015 - Day 3

Alabama Shakes - T in the Park 2015 - Day 3 - Performances - Strathallen Castle, United Kingdom - Sunday 12th July 2015

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Bonnaroo 2015 Is Here! Here's What The Rest Of The Weekend Has In Store

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Bonnaroo is in full swing and while we've seen some pretty impressive acts so far, the musical forecast shows things are not going to get quieter anytime soon. One of America's biggest and most diverse summer events, fans flock in their thousands to Tennessee this weekend to welcome some of the world's top entertainers.

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Friday's line-up is a particularly mixed bag; where you've got music veterans the likes of 80s new wave legends Tears For Fears and 70s R&B band Earth Wind & Fire, you also got newer names such as LA duo Mini Mansions, who recently won acclaim for their second album 'The Great Pretenders', and Brit award winning UK chart toppers Royal Blood. Making some noise on the main What Stage throughout though are house producer Deadmau5, 'To Pimp a Butterfly' rapper Kendrick Lamar and roots rock collective Alabama Shakes

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Third Straight Number One Album For The Zac Brown Band

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There’s change at the top of the American albums chart this week as the Zac Brown Band enters at Number 1 with its fourth LP Jekyll + Hyde.

The eight piece ensemble notched up their third consecutive Billboard chart topper by selling 228,000 copies, including track equivalent and streaming equivalent sales, in the week ending May 3rd, according to Nielsen SoundScan.

These are impressive sales figures for the group, which previously had Number 1 albums in 2012 with Uncaged and 2010 with You Get What You Give. Jekyll + Hyde contains two popular singles already, one being the Chris Cornell collaboration ‘Heavy is the Head’ and the other the country-flavoured ‘Homegrown’.

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How Alabama Shakes Shot To Stardom: Their 7 Best Moments

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It looks like the new chart system is benefiting a lot of people, most recently US rockers Alabama Shakes who have managed to secure the top spot with their incredible second album release 'Sound & Color'. But just how has this modest quartet spiralled to success so easily?

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Since their official formation in 2009, the Alabama group have impressed all who hear them. They're lovable not just for their unique and captivating roots rock sound, but also for their humble appearance; doing away with the ethos that music should be combined with image and instead opting to be just, well, themselves. So just how have this unlikely collective won over the rest of their nation so easily?

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Alabama Shakes Rock To The Top Of The Billboard Albums Chart

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Rock group Alabama Shakes scored their first Number One album in America with their second effort Sound & Color, according to Nielsen SoundScan.

In quite a low-selling week, the rockers sold 96,000 copies of their sophomore effort to reach the top spot in the Billboard 200 chart. The reformed system counts track equivalent sales and streaming equivalent sales, though some 91,000 of Sound & Color’s sales total came from traditional physical sales.

Alabama Shakes’ debut album Boys & Girls won the group a lot of plaudits upon its release in 2012 for its classic rock sound. It peaked at Number 6 in the American charts, nearly a year after its release, due to its three Grammy nominations in 2013.

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Alabama Shakes Debut Sound & Color At Number One

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The group's new release, Sound & Color, has debuted at the top of the Billboard 200 with 96,000 first-week sales - over 30,000 more than the Furious 7 soundtrack, which holds on to the second spot.

Rapper Yelawolf rounds out the new top three with his new entry, Love Story.

Last week's number one album, Shawn Mendes' Handwritten, suffers a huge drop-off and falls to number 17 on the new countdown.

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Alabama Shakes Perform At Coachella 2015 - Week 2 - Day 1

Alabama Shakes - Alabama Shakes perform at Coachella 2015 - Week 2 - Day 1 at Coachella - Los Angeles, California, United States - Friday 17th April 2015

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Alabama Shakes - Sound & Color Album Review

Alabama Shakes' use of Blues Rock and Soul has taken the four-piece band from Athens, Alabama, to great heights in a relatively short period of time. Their sophomore effort 'Sound & Color' is a similar cocktail of Kings Of Leon licks, The Black Keys infused Blues, and classic Soul power, but there are a few extra ingredients to add a little more spice tucked away here. This certainly isn't 'Boys & Girls' MKII, indeed there's less reliance on those catchy guitar hooks this time around. While Brittany Howard's occasionally astonishing vocals are the main attraction again, there's undoubtedly a real musical progression that's been made by the rest of the band. The result is that Alabama Shakes feel far less like a Soul band trying to pass themselves off as an Indie band; they're now quite comfortable in their own skin.

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Straight out of the gate, the title track has an almost hypnotic effect with its slightly syncopated drum rhythm, strings, and repeated "Sound & Color" mantra. It's not the only time where the familiar incessant guitar hooks of the previous album are entirely absent. On first listen, it's almost slightly jarring with your expectation, but it's that drumming that really shines and that's the thing that pulls you in. The shift in focus also seems unexpected considering that Blake Mills has co-produced the record. Surely a man famed for his guitar playing would choose to highlight that aspect of Alabama Shakes successful formula? Well, no; Mills is no stranger to using instruments sparingly for dramatic effect, and it really shows here.

The next few tracks seem to head back towards a more recognisable musical template for Alabama Shakes. The energetic and confrontational 'Don't Wanna Fight' gives Howard a chance to really let rip vocally, but again, behind the funky guitar line, it's those drums that catch the ear. Perhaps the stand-out of the record 'Gimme All Your Love' is the best example of Mills' expertise in deploying instruments sparingly. The guitars dramatically punctuate a late night jazz club beat that ebbs and flows into a final impressive call and response instrumental jam that's perhaps the band's finest moment committed to tape thus far. It's perhaps fitting that the acoustic 'This Feeling' follows as a respite from the aural assault that's come beforehand. 

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Bonnaroo 2015: More Thrills Added To The Summer Line-up

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More additions have been announced for Bonnaroo 2015 as the June event draws ever closer. D'angelo & The Vanguard, Kacey Musgraves and Songhoy Blues join an already stellar line-up for this 10-stage bonanza, while the full late night sets are also announced.

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Adding to a line-up headlined by the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame's Billy Joel and London Grammy winners Mumford And Sons are soul collective D'angelo & The Vanguard, young country star Kacey Musgraves and Mali four-piece Songhoy Blues. As usual, the epic festival - which is set to play host to a massive 85,000 music lovers - presents one of the world's most diverse line-ups as it prepares to hit Manchester, Tennessee this summer from June 11th to 14th.

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Way Out West Festival

Brittany Howard - Way Out West Festival - Day 1 - Gothenburg, Sweden - Thursday 8th August 2013

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55th Annual GRAMMY Awards

Alabama Shakes - 55th Annual Grammy Awards Los Angeles California United States Sunday 10th February 2013

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