The Alabama Shakes's 2012 debut, "Boys & Girls," placed them squarely in the middle of a then-waning crop of musical revivalists: They were less archival than Daptone Records acts like Charles Bradley, and less innovative than fellow retro enthusiasts the Black Keys or even Kings of Leon.
McMurtry has been courting a cult following since way back in 1989, when John Mellencamp heard his demo and helped produce the first of three albums McMurtry recorded for Columbia.
Sometimes pop culture hits me harder than it should. I’ve sobbed uncontrollably over the deaths of characters I hold dear, and many a series finale has left me with a lump in my throat and a pit in my stomach.
I love books about people who love books.
Randall Speer first heard “Misa Azteca,” the largest of the pieces to be performed, in 2012 while Randolph’s chorale was performing at the Festival of the Aegean in Greece. He immediately knew he wanted to bring the arrangement back to the college.