July 24th, 2012
06:15 PM ET

CNN Music: The Alabama Shakes

The Alabama Shakes are from a small town, and singer Brittany Howard wants to make sure you know it.

"Athens, Alabama. I decided it's the best place on earth," she said. "I've been around the world and Athens is the best."

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December 13th, 2011
04:15 PM ET

Soundcheck: 'Portlandia' star and her Wild Flag band members

Carrie Brownstein has been plenty busy, between working on a book and her sketch comedy TV show with Fred Armisen, "Portlandia," but she's also back to touring and recording with Wild Flag.

Wild Flag is a Frankenstein monster (in a good way), made up from parts of the Minders (Rebecca Cole), Helium (Mary Timony) and Sleater-Kinney (Brownstein and drummer Janet Weiss).

On paper, the disparate sounds of these bands wouldn't seem ideal for melding, but on their debut album they emerge with a sound that manages to evoke their past projects while also remaining cohesive. They bring an energy to their live performances that evinces a hunger one might not expect from performers as accomplished as they already are.

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