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You may have heard of bands like Alabama Shakes, The Bronx, Allen Stone, Kodaline, Jenny O., Jim James, and Kate Earl, but may have wondered if any or all of them are worth listening to. Maybe all the heavy clutter of music out there has got you confused. There is a solution. Artists.MTV is a collaboration between three music cable networks, each of which are concentrating harder on presenting music online in a fashion that is much greater than their original TV counterparts. They’ve put together some of the best music that are worthy of your listening time.

Again, it’s free of charge so take part in it, download and enjoy. You may be able to turn someone on to the music or even better: yourself.

SOME STUFFS: Alabama Shakes preparing to dominate your ears, consciousness

With the barrage of press releases I receive on a daily basis, I always like to go out on my own to find music and artists of interests to me. I was on Bandcamp when I came across a group called Alabama Shakes. Is it a drink, is it about earthquakes, is it about having too much food, consuming too much sugar before going into a diabetic coma? I did not know, but the name was catchy enough to make me want to explore more. I see the above photo. WHOA! Could this rock? I had to listen.

Alabama Shakes are a band combining elements of rock and blues, and true to their name, they are from Alabama, or in this case Athens, Alabama. If you are from Alabama and wondering if this is the same band you may have heard of called The Shakes: yes. I like this name, because they’re claiming territory, they’re letting people off the top know where they’re from, and their music is a sense of where they’re headed and where they’d like to be. A good recipe? Put that in the crock pot.

The band released their debut EP in late summer, and will be doing a bit of touring in support of it, going through the south, making it through California and the Pacific Northwest, before doing a show in London in late February, which is already sold out according to their Facebook page. Here are the tour dates:

Dec 06… Charlottesville, VA (Jefferson Theater)
Dec 08… Brooklyn, NY (Brooklyn Bowl)
Dec 09… New York, NY (Mercury Lounge)
Dec 13… Cincinnati, OH (The MOTR Pub)
Dec 14… Indianapolis, IN (Radio Radio)
Dec 15… Chicago, IL (The Hideout)
Dec 17… Evanston, IL (S.P.A.C.E.)
Dec 18… St Louis, MO (Old Rock House)
Dec 29… Asheville, NC (Orange Peel Social Aid & Pleasure Club)
Dec 31… Washington, DC (9:30 Club)
Jan 13… Athens, GA (40 Watt)
Jan 19… New Orleans, LA (One Eyed Jacks)
Jan 20… Houston, TX (Continental Club)
Jan 21… Austin, TX (Continental Club)
Jan 24… Solana Beach, CA (Belly Up)
Jan 25… Los Angeles, CA (Troubadour) *
Jan 26… San Francisco, CA (Independent) *
Jan 28… Portland, OR (Doug Fir)
Jan 29… Vancouver, BC (Media Club)
Jan 31… Seattle, WA (Crocodile Club)
Feb 02… Salt Lake City, UT (The State Room)
Feb 04… Boulder, CO (Fox Theater)
Feb 22… London, England (Boston Arms)

* w/ Dry The River