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The 80 Best Albums of 2015

Travel back five years ago when the release calendar was rife with stellar albums. 2015 offered such an embarrassment of musical riches, that we selected 80 albums as best of the year.

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The 58th Grammy Awards: Authenticity Is the Hardest Thing to Fake

Amidst the numerous deaths of pop music icons, we thought the Grammys might do something soulful this year. Lamar and Howard, at least, gave us what we needed.

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Guessing the Grammys 2016: Expect Weirdness

Speculating on the nominees' odds in a dozen big categories.

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CMJ 2015 Night 4: ATO Records Showcase w/ Thunderbitch + The Word

On the fourth night of CMJ, I made my way to Knitting Factory to see Thunderbitch as had every other photographer and blogger, then dropped by Webster Hall to hear The Word.

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Watch Alabama Shakes, Gary Clark Jr, Courtney Barnett, and Benjamin Booker Play Bonnaroo (video)

From Alabama Shakes' Americana-infused rock to Courney Barnett's witty indie, Bonnaroo had something for everyone in 2015.

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Alabama Shakes: Sound and Color

What makes the Alabama Shakes sound new is that they’re evidently devoted to their musical forebears -- everyone from Etta James and Aretha to Bowie and Zeppelin -- yet also coquettishly unfaithful to each one of them.

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Alabama Shakes + Questlove: MB Evolution Tour - Terminal 5, New York (Photos)

The free, traveling 'Evolution Tour' put together by Mercedes-Benz launched in New York with a performance from Alabama Shakes and some interactive art from Mr. Brainwash.

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The 2013 Grammys: Rating the Performances (video collection)

See all the night’s performances in order from best to worst.

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Guessing the 2013 Grammys

It’s the Super Bowl of music, and we’re guessing who will be the MVPs.

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Ralph 'Soul' Jackson: The Alabama Love Man

2012's greatest album you never heard is a trip back to Memphis, Tennessee, circa 1968, when Stax Records was bubbling into the mainstream and soul music still mattered.

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Jack White + Alabama Shakes: 21 May 2012 - New York

Jack White brought Los Buzzardos and a treasure trove of songs to Roseland for the first of two sold out nights.

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Spotlight On: Alabama Shakes

Alabama Shakes are having their moment in the sun, one that looks to continue for a good long while, thankfully.

Music

Alabama Shakes: Boys & Girls

More than just a debut album, this is an introduction to a band you thought you knew for years, but are just fortunate enough to meet now.

Music

The Best Hopes to Break Out in 2012

The year ahead looks to be an exciting one with the emergence of wealth of great new music waiting in the wings. Will Alabama Shakes be the toast of 2012? Will 2012 be a banner year for forward-thinking hip-hop and R&B? And let's not forget all the great new bands expected to break big in 2012.

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CMJ 2011: EMA + Marques Toliver + Alabama Shakes + Dry the River + Lydia

The High Road Touring Showcase at Bowery Ballroom let EMA's scuzzy grandeur shine, buoyed by a showstopping performance from soulful Alabama Shakes and an engaging set by Marques Toliver.


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