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Alabama Shakes incredible rise has been one of the best success stories of the last year. It brought them all the way to Westchester, which is actually a bit easier for me to get to than the city. Not many current bands play at the historic theater, as it’s been more reserved for older acts, aside from the likes of My Morning Jacket and Fiona Apple.

Speaking of success stories, it was amazing to see Houndmouth open for the Shakes. It was a perfect bill as both bands came from similar areas and have seen a natural organic rise thanks to good quality music spread with word of mouth. Houndmouth killed it as usual, sounding just right in the theatre, the biggest venue I’ve been able to catch them in yet. I doubt it will be the last time either.

This was my first time catching a real show from Alabama Shakes. Although I did catch a stunning late night set from them at Bonnaroo last year. The band have been touring non-stop since then, and haven’t missed a beat. Brittany sounds as powerful as ever, and the rest of the band seems just as locked in as ever. They played a soulful set that rocked from every angle and pore of the band until they gave it all. With only one official album it’s amazing to not only see them play at such a large theater, but to sell it out. Things aren’t going to get any smaller either. The Alabama Shakes are truly one of the best success stories of the last few years.

Check out some photos of both Alabama Shakes & Houndmouth, posted below.
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[watch]: Alabama Shakes On SNL

By Will Oliver, February 18th 2013 — with 1 comment

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It seems like it was not that long ago that I saw Alabama Shakes tear it up at Bonnaroo. It was arguably one of the best sets I saw all year, let alone at Bonnaroo, and I distinctly remember thinking during the firey rendition of “Hold On” that it was only a matter of time until they hit the big time. That time is now, as the band graced the famed SNL sage and absolutely killed it.

They played “Hold On” and “Always Alright”, which you’ll recognize if you’ve seen Silver Linings Playbook (go see it). Check out both performances below.
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[new]: Alabama Shakes – Always Alright

By Will Oliver, November 8th 2012 — with 1 comment

Alabama Shakes have offered a new song titled “Always Alright” for the new film Silver Linings Playbook, which comes out in theaters on November 21.

The song is one that the band has been playing live, and they have finally released it properly on the film’s soundtrack. I’m a big fan of the band and the film is one of my most anticipated of the Oscar season. A good combo, all around.

If you enjoy Alabama Shakes in any way, you will surely enjoy the song.

Alabama Shakes @ Bonnaroo (June 7, 2012)

By Will Oliver, June 13th 2012 — with 3 comments

Let’s make one thing clear. Alabama Shakes are headed towards big, big, things. You probably could already see this coming, I know I did. But even with my faith, the band still managed to blow my mind with their overwhelmingly great set at the tail end of Thursday night at Bonnaroo.

“Hold On” was delivered with a great passion that absolutely tossed the enthusiastic crowd into a grand fever. It should be noted that the song was the 2nd song played during their set, something that worked in their benefit. The crowd went nuts, singing even louder than any early follower of the band could have imagined. I was transported far away from the notion that this was a little gem that I had been keeping my little secret. I was dead wrong. It’s a smashing hit that has reached incredible levels.

From then on it was clear coasting for Brittany and the Shakes, who easily laid down the most soulful jams of the night, as well as the festival. The songs off their debut album Boys & Girls take on a new life live, grasping a firm grip on the feeling of that particular night, giving the crowd a unique performance of each song that can’t be reciprocated. It’s unique to the moment, grasping a hold of what they are feeling, just like any good soulful band should do.

Alabama Shakes will soon be at the top of the world, and it’s a great thing for all of us.
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[music video]: Alabama Shakes – Hold On

By Will Oliver, April 4th 2012 — with 1 comment

Rock and roll is far from dead. With bands like Alabama Shakes on the verge of breaking out, I think we will be alright. “Hold On” is the first song that I heard from the band, when I saw a live video a few months back. I’ve been hooked ever since.

Here’s the music video for “Hold On”, which features a mind-bendingly good rendition of the song. Someone bring these guys back to NYC when I don’t have school!

It’s the first single from their debut album Boys & Girls, out next week on ATO Records. Pre-Order the album here.

Favorite Concert Photos Of 2013

By Will Oliver, January 3rd 2014 — with 2 comments

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Arctic Monkeys @ Ogden Theater

By no means am I a professional photographer. I don’t pretend to be. I know I have a lot of work and learning to do to improve and get better. But thanks to this blog, I’ve gotten better at it than I ever imagined I would be when I first started it five years ago.

I went to a lot of shows this year, and took a lot of shots. So many, that it would seem like a waste if I didn’t compile some of the best ones for your viewing pleasure.

I also added some of my favorite shots from some of our new team of contributing photographers, Andrew St. ClairDana Pacifico, Daniel Topete and Leah Runyon. All photos without a photo credit were taken by yours truly.

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Best Concerts Of 2013

By Will Oliver, January 3rd 2014

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I’m lucky enough to live close enough to New York City where I can catch a great show almost every night of the week. In 2013 I traveled and caught a whole bunch of music festivals and performances across the country, such as in Austin, Chicago, Denver, and Philadelphia. I saw many good shows, from new bands, to old favorites, as well as some true legends along the way. It was a good year.

I saw a lot of shows, and it’s tough to narrow them down into a comprehensive list, but I did my best. These were the truly memorable nights out of a very memorable year. This year, with Barclays Center taking over a lot of my favorite acts, there were more arena shows than ever before. But no matter, a good act will transcend an audience in any venue, big or small. I saw my fair share of great shows in smaller venues as well. A good balance between the two is an ideal thing for me anyways.

Later tonight, I will also share all the best photos I took from these shows, as there are too many not to gather and collect.

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2014 Grammy Nominations Announced

By Will Oliver, December 7th 2013

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The 2014 Grammy Nominations have been announced. Don’t go rolling your eyes at me. There’s some good stuff to be found in all the clutters of irrelevancy and “mehs.”

The National & Vampire Weekend, have been nominated for Grammys! So have James Blake, Alabama Shakes, Queens Of The Stone Age, Jack White, Neko Case, Tame Impala, and Nine Inch Nails. So there’s that.
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I saw a lot of great shows in 2012, from all the great shows in NYC during CMJ, from my trip to Bonnaroo, and my duel visits to Chicago for Lollapalooza/Pitchfork. I saw many bands both big in small in a wide variety of venues, and made many good memories along the way.

When it came down to it, these shows were my absolute favorite concert moments of the year:
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We All Want Someone To Shout For’s Best Albums Of 2012

By Will Oliver, January 3rd 2013 — with 13 comments

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Thanks To Camilo for this great artwork.

Looking back at 2012, there were plenty of albums that I loved. Was it the best year of music in recent memory? Maybe not, but it was a damn good year in its own right. There is a lot that we may look back on and remember well into the rest of the decade.

This year I listed my Top 40 albums, as well as a few honorable mentions that were as close to making my list as they come. I didn’t get to listen to everything that I wanted to. As the only writer, it’s tough to balance listening to everything, and listening to everything well. That is something I hope to become better at this year.

Ready or not, here are my best albums of 2012:

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