LIVE: Alabama Shakes

Alabama Shakes rattled SDSU's Open Air Theatre on August 12, when singer/songwriter Blake Mills opened.

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Bringing enough soul to feed all of San Diego, Alabama Shakes revved up SDSU Open Air Theatre on August 12.
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Santa Monica singer/songwriter Blake Mills opened the stage with a set of his own.
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Alabama Shakes is a roots-rock group with plenty of soul from -- yup -- Alabama, led by frontwoman Brittany Howard.
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Formed in 2009, Alabama Shakes spent the first two years of their career together touring small venues and bars.
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They took that time to write their debut record, which was released in 2012.
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"Boys & Girls," though recorded while the group was still unsigned, was picked up and released by ATO.
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Though Alabama Shakes was virtually unknown before their release, "Boys & Girls" peaked at No. 6 on the U.S. Billboard 200 and No. 3 on the UK Albums charts.
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"Hold On," the group's hit single from the record, was named the best single of the year by "Rolling Stone" magazine.
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The group was nominated for three Grammys at the 2013 awards, including Best New Artist.
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Debuting at No. 1 on the Billboard 200, Alabama Shakes' sophomore effort, "Sound & Color," was released in April 2015.
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They reportedly spent more than a year in the studio working on the album -- and from the sounds of it, the time was well spent.
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Blake Mills, a singer and songwriter from Santa Monica, California, opened for Alabama Shakes.
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Mills formed the group Simon Dawes with current Dawes frontman Taylor Goldsmith after the two met in high school.
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After Simon Dawes broke up, Mills went on to perform with Jenny Lewis as her touring guitarist.
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Though he writes and records for his own solo career, Mills has toured with the likes of Band of Horses and Lucinda Williams and has collaborated with Conor Oberst, Kid Rock, Weezer, the Avett Brothers, Norah Jones, Pink, Lana Del Rey and more.
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