With their newly released and highly anticipated second album, "Sound and Color," Alabama Shakes have proven they are no one-trick-pony, following up their acclaimed debut, "Boys and Girls" with a new collection of songs that are at once a departure from and a further exploration of the roots rock and throwback soul sound they exploded onto the scene with just a few years ago -- driven by the force of lead singer/guitarist Brittany Howard's vocals, which range from achingly soulful crooning to hardcore belting.
In the beginning of their career, the quirky quartet known as the Monkees had to battle the record labels to write their own music and prove they were a real band. At their concert Thursday at the Fabulous Fox, it was clear that the Monkees were (and are) not only pop entertainers but multi-talented musicians.
Falling snow greeted my niece and me as we left the Fox after the Nebraska Theater Caravan's production of "A Christmas Carol," a fitting close to an evening filled with the oft-told tale of Ebenezer Scrooge. If the audience wasn't in the holiday spirit when they arrived, I am confident the theater's sparkling lobby decorations and the sweetly reverent tone of this holiday classic quickly put them in the mood.
Broadway is starting to look a lot like Hollywood, and it seems like every week a new musical is announced based on a box office blockbuster. One of the more buzzed about recent additions is a new stage adaptation of "Sister Act," produced by none other than Whoopi Goldberg herself.
My first time seeing Sigur Rós play came in Golden Gate Park, squeezed into a festival crowd of maybe 15,000 as rain slowly pushed its way through the San Francisco fog and over captivated faces.