Alabama Shakes, Live At Austin City Limits

It was Brittany Howard's birthday on Oct. 2, when she and the rest of Alabama Shakes taped their second headlining performance at Austin City Limits. The group's second album, Sound & Color, had debuted at Number 1 earlier in the year, and would go on to earn the band several Grammy nominations, as well as end up on many "Best of 2015" lists (including NPR Music's). By all outward appearances, Howard already had everything she could have wished for when she was blowing out her 27 candles....
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KEXP Presents: Ought

Nov 25, 2015

Ought formed just three years ago amid a burgeoning DIY scene in Montreal's Mile End district. While drawing heavily from sonic inspirations like Talking Heads, Sonic Youth and The Fall, the group fashioned a sound of its own over the course of two albums and two EPs.

Recently, Ought stopped by KEXP to reveal songs from its refreshing new album, Sun Coming Down — which, despite its sometimes anxious post-punk gloom, feels like a sun coming up on a new day.

SET LIST

  • "Beautiful Blue Sky"

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