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Brittany Howard enlists Brooklyn Nine-Nine star Terry Crews for “Stay High” video

Brittany Howard & Terry Crews | courtesy of the artist

What do you do when you get an email from Brittany Howard asking you to be in her next music video? You obviously say yes. That’s exactly what Brooklyn Nine-Nine star, Terry Crews did. According to a press release, the Alabama Shakes frontwoman emailed Cruz asking him to be a part of the video for “Stay High” and explained how the song is about her beloved father.

Howard offered to film the video in Los Angeles so it could be convenient for Crews, but he insisted it be filmed in Athens, Alabama, Howard’s hometown. The resulting video, directed by Kim Gehrig, is tender, endearing, and the perfect sample of Howard’s upcoming album.

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XPN’s Gotta Hear Song of the Week: “History Repeats” by Brittany Howard

Brittany Howard | photo by Danny Clinch | courtesy of the artist

Alabama Shakes‘ frontwoman, Brittany Howard, has led the band through chart-toppers and Grammys since their debut album Boys & Girls came out in 2012. Their sophomore effort Sound & Color came in 2015 and pushed them deeper into the alternative music scene. Now, Howard has just announced a forthcoming solo album titled Jaime, due September 20th via ATO Records. She’s also shared the LP’s leading track, “History Repeats”. Continue reading →

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Brittany Howard steps away from Alabama Shakes to share her truth on solo album

Brittany Howard | photo by Danny Clinch | courtesy of the artist

Alabama Shakes‘ frontwoman, Brittany Howard, has led the band through chart-toppers and Grammys since their debut album Boys & Girls came out in 2012. Their sophomore effort Sound & Color came in 2015 and pushed them deeper into the alternative music scene. Now, Howard has just announced a forthcoming solo album titled Jaime, due September 20th via ATO Records. She’s also shared the LP’s leading track, “History Repeats”. Continue reading →

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The Roots, Pharrell, Dave Matthews Band, Brittany Howard and more will play a free concert to benefit Charlottesville

The Roots and Pharrell at The Roots Picnic | Photo by John Vettese for WXPN

Philadelphia hip-hop heroes The Roots are on the eclectic lineup of A Concert for Charlottesville: An Evening of Music and Unity, a free event set to happen on September 24th at UVA Scott Stadium to raise money for first responders, victims, and their families affected by the violence that took place in the Virginia college town on August 11th and 12th of this year. Continue reading →

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Listen to the new side project of Brittany Howard of Alabama Shakes, Bermuda Triangle

Earlier this summer, Brittany Howard of Alabama Shakes performed in a collaborative project with singer-songwriters Becca Mancari and Jesse Lafser for a She Shreds-curated concert that took place in Nashville. The set, it seems, was the start of something new for Howard — the band, called Bermuda Triangle, released its debut single today. Continue reading →

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Brittany Howard of Alabama Shakes has a new band in Bermuda Triangle

Alabama Shakes | photo by Cameron Pollack for WXPN

Anyone who attended last year’s XPN Fest knows quite well how amazingly talented Brittany Howard is. As the vocalist for the Grammy-winning Alabama Shakes, she packs a vocal punch rivaled by no one. So the news that found its way through the interwebs this week was sure to excite: Howard has a new band and they’re debuting live in Nashville next week. Continue reading →

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XPN Fest Recap: Bermuda Triangle packs in drifting harmonies and tender songs to beat the rain

Bermuda Triangle | photo by Ashley Gellman for WXPN | agellmanphotos.com

Early Friday evening concert goers lounged on picnic blankets before the Marina Stage, despite bruise-colored clouds threatening rain. The Nashville power trio Bermuda Triangle were undeterred by the whipping winds and distant thunder. They opened with “Tear Us Apart,” Brittany Howard of Alabama Shakes plucking at an upright bass. On “Suzanne,” Howard’s voice took the forefront, dipping and rising with impressive range, drifting harmonies adding breathtaking tenderness. Continue reading →

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Nashville three piece Bermuda Triangle shares its story friendship, harmonies, and creativity on World Cafe

Bermuda Triangle | Photo by Harvey Hale | courtesy of High Road Touring

Bermuda Triangle is the all female power trio from Nashville featuring Jesse Lafser, Becca Mancari, and Brittany Howard of Alabama Shakes. These three musicians have been good friends for years, and they each have other musical endeavors outside the band. Divine intervention brought all three women to various porches in Nashville, where they passed around acoustic guitars and fooled with harmonies. Eventually, these organic jam sessions turned into the passion project that is Bermuda Triangle.

Recently the band met up with Ann Powers for an interview on World Cafe, where they talked about how the band came together, their creative processes, touring, cheese plates, and more. They also gave stellar live performances of their two singles “Suzanne” and “Rosey” as well as two unreleased tracks, “Tear Us Apart” and “Bermuda Triangle,” the band’s theme song. Listen below. Continue reading →

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Watch Lauryn Hill and Andra Day honor Nina Simone at The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame’s 2018 class induction ceremony

 

Andra Day and Lauryn Hill at the Rock Hall induction | photos by Theo Wargo | via liveforlivemusic.com

On April 14th in Cleveland, Ohio, The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame held an induction ceremony for the 2018 class, and among the honored were soul goddess Nina Simone and legendary guitarist and gospel singer Sister Rosetta Tharpe.

Mary J. Blige had the honor of inducting Nina Simone into the Hall of elites, talks about the late singer’s songs in her speech saying, “songs about injustice, struggle, and black life resonate to this day.” Simone served as an activist during the Civil Rights Movement, using her voice as a tool to make a difference. Her work influenced many of today’s famous artists including Lauryn Hill who did a split tribute with Andra Day to honor Simone, who died of cancer in 2003. Continue reading →