Alabama Shakes had a great 2012 -- in large part due to their debut, Boys & Girls
-- and they're not planning on going away in 2013. They'll be touring
in March, and they recently appeared on Saturday Night Live
, where their performance of "Hold On" was especially good. (That's hardly a given considering how bad the sound can be for live sets on that show.) And they were also featured on the soundtrack to the Oscar-winning Silver Linings Playbook
. Not bad for a band that most people hadn't heard of 12 months ago.
To help get you caught up on this up-and-coming quartet, I've put together a little background on the group.
Read my complete Alabama Shakes profile
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Photo: Autumn de Wilde.