The Alabama Shakes Live up to Potential on Debut Album

What a difference a year can make.  Around this time in 2011, the Alabama Shakes (formerly the Shakes) hadn’t recorded a single track, but performed a killer set at the Grimey’s Record Store Day event that caught the attention of Seth Riddle, a record label head.  After recording their excellent EP last summer in East Nashville, the Alabama Shakes’ momentum began to explode as Riddle shared their work with influential music blogs, companies like Zales picked up their songs for commercials, and even the likes of Adele tweeted about them.  Needless to say, expectations were high leading up to the release of “Boys and Girls,” the band’s first full length, but the album meets every one of them.

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La Sera Impresses on Sunny New Album

It may only be March, but the weather seems to have decided that summer is here, and musicians are beginning to follow suit.  Such is the case with La Sera’s “Sees the Light,” the sophomore release from former Vivian Girl Katy Goodman.  Sweet, wispy vocals and breezy guitar work permeate the album’s 10 tracks, creating a listening experience that is, for the most part, summery bliss.

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