Alabama Shakes made their UK live debut last night (Wednesday) at an NME Awards Show, where they were watched by Hollywood A-lister Russell Crowe. The first of three nights at north London’s intimate Boston Arms saw the Athens, Alabama four-piece play a mixture of songs from their forthcoming first album ‘Boys And Girls’, newer songs and a thunderous encore of Led Zeppelin’s ‘How Many More Times’. The Gladiator star later wrote on his Twitter page: “The @Alabama_Shakes gig was the centre of the musical universe tonight, great gig, this band is the real deal, do yourself a favour”, also replying to a number of fans urging them to check out the band’s music. (via Russell Crowe turns out for Alabama Shakes’ NME Awards Show | News | NME.COM)
Florence And The Machine’s Florence Welch has said she is “really anxious” to start work on her new album. The singer, who recently admitted that she once got so drunk she set fire to her hotel room after a night out with Lykke Li and Kanye West, told the Daily Star that she was “really anxious” to begin sessions on the follow-up to her last LP ‘Ceremonials’. Although Welch only released her last album in October last year, she said: “I’m really anxious to get back in the studio. I need to get stuff out of my head.” (via Florence And The Machine: ‘I’m anxious to start work on my new album’ | News | NME.COM)
The Black Keys’ Dan Auerbach has recorded a collaboration with Michael Kiwanuka. The Ohioan frontman told BBC Newsbeat that he had worked with the BBC Sound Of 2012 Poll winner at Kinks legend Ray Davies’ studio, although didn’t reveal when the track would be released. (via The Black Keys record track with Michael Kiwanuka | News | NME.COM)
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