Bimonthly, we’ll take an artist on the rise on the MTV Music Meter and, to help you discover them a little more, detail some of their philanthropic tendencies — from Mika to Ellie Goulding. This week: the Alabama Shakes!
The Alabama Shakes isn’t just another indie band. The skilled and diverse foursome is a rare example of what “indie” is all about: staying real and giving back. Here are a few reasons we love the Grammy-nominated rockers:
+ They Break Stereotypes
Much like autotune makes all singers sound alike, suspenders and fedoras make all hipsters look alike. In a world where it’s becoming nearly impossible to tell one indie band from the next, the Alabama Shakes aren’t doing what most of their competition is: trying too hard. Lead singer Brittany Howard (who delivered mail before the band blew up!) breaks indie and image stereotypes as a curvaceous, Black front-woman, and the entire band has a laid back style and demeanor that prove success is not a product of size, or background, or which overpriced thrift store you shop at.
+ They Support The Special Olympics
Photo via Nelarusky (James Richards IV/distractyourface.com)
Last August, the Alabama Shakes performed at Nelarusky — a Chicago show that raised $40,000 for the Special Olympics. More than 4 million disabled athletes from over 170 countries take part in Special Olympics events every year!
+ They’re Inspiring
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