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It may sound like the title of a nature documentary, but Muscle Shoals actually takes its title from the name of a small town in Alabama, which became the breeding ground for some of the most defining American music of the twentieth century. Director Greg Camalier tells the story of the town and its iconic music studios, and he enlists the help of a ridiculously impressive line-up of talking heads to help him do so.
Through a combination of fresh interviews and archive footage, we hear from the likes of Mick Jagger and Keith Richards, Percy Sledge, Aretha Franklin, Etta James, Alicia Keys, Steve Winwood and Wilson Pickett, to name but a few. Bizarrely, though, we’re introduced to the film by a voiceover from none other than Bono, and it’s particularly bizarre because not only do U2 never feature in the Muscle Shoals story presented in the film, »
- Joe Cunningham
Alison Moyet despairs of "lazy comparisons" that put her side by side with Adele - "purely for the fact that we were two fat girls singing torch songs. It always happens."
The former Yazoo singer, whose album 'the minutes' has been released to huge plaudits this week, presents her evidence with the language she hears on TV talent shows...
Alison Moyet is back, and happier with her sound than ever
"If you watch 'X Factor', every time a fat girl came on, it was 'the next Alison Moyet'," she explains. "Now it's 'the next Adele'. It doesn't hurt me, but I think it's like categorising two gay actors together, or ginger-haired men... it's just silly categorising.
"I do get that we're both stationary performers, but there'll be a talented man, with an electronic background, who has much more in common with me, musically. Or even Pj Harvey »
- Caroline Frost
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The American Idol Top 4 are each determined to make an impression tonight. After last week's dramatic twist, they all understand the significance of being on the stage.
One trend we've lost this year is that of the weekly mentor. Harry Connick, Jr. is bringing that back as he helped the girls prepare their songs. Who'll come out on top after tonight? Let's find out!
Round One: Songs from 2013
Angie Miller decided to go with Rihanna once again. Singing "Diamonds," she's back behind the piano. Aside from trying too hard to connect with the camera, it's a really good musical performance. She's always been a strong vocalist, but she's coming up strong in the last few weeks. There's a bit of a screechy note when she goes into the chorus, but she made the song so different it's almost forgivable. Keith loves the "percussive, muscular weight" of the original version and »
- email@example.com (Miranda Wicker)
With just one more week before the live playoffs in Season 4 of "The Voice," it's time for the knockout rounds, wherein coaches Adam Levine, Blake Shelton, Shakira and Usher once again force one of their artists to compete another, deciding who stays and who goes. Who will make it to the live shows? Only time will tell.
Performances: Amber sounds incredible on Avril's overused and, at times, tepid track. It's nice to hear her step outside of the country zone we've heard her in thus far. I hadn't been too fond of Midas Whale prior to this, finding them to play more the role of backup artists in their battle rounds. It was nice to have them put down the guitars and put on a show. »
It was a strong night of dueling performances for Team Adam and Team Shakira, which are now down to just four acts each after the first night of knockout rounds on The Voice. Making tough choices with powerhouse singers - no steals, no saves - the judges admitted Monday that playing favorites and saying goodbye was ruining their night. But decisions had to be made. Amber Carrington beat out quirky duo Midas Whale with a nuanced and powerful turn on Avril Lavigne's hit "I'm With You." Levine called her the "biggest surprise on my team" and said, "Every day »
- Andrea Billups
For a show that’s all about good vibrations and international warm fuzzies, The Voice can sometimes be a frustrating mistress.
Take, for example, the Season 4 Knockout Rounds, where Adam Levine and Shakira all too often pitted their best singers against each other in sudden-death faceoffs, while allowing lesser vocalists to slip into the live voting rounds like mold on the underside of a package of blackberries. (Yeah, I know, that metaphor didn’t quite work, but at three bucks a container, you’d think those juicy little treats would last more than 24 hours in the fridge. Sheesh!)
But if »
- Michael Slezak
Well, that's one way to knock out the competition. Delivering on the promise of The Voice's upcoming knockout round, standout contestant Sasha Allen delivers a rousing rendition of late and legendary singer Etta James's classic "At Last" in a sneak peek (below) at this week's challenge, airing this week (Monday and Tuesday at 8 p.m. Et) on NBC. The 30-year-old's performance was so good, it even knocked her coach, Shakira, right out of her chair and into a standing ovation. Allen, who has sung back-up for John Legend and Alicia Keys, was quickly stolen by Shakira during this »
- Alison Schwartz
On the surface, this idea seems, well, sorta nuts. Despite five recent-ish seasons of Ghost Whisperer, Hewitt hasn’t been particularly relevant since her Party of Five days, and her brief early-aughts singing career was unmemorable at best. (Though you’ve got to admit, “BareNaked” is still pretty catchy.)
Dig a little deeper, though, and suddenly the rumor starts making a weird kind of sense. Hewitt’s certainly as famous as, say, Paula Abdul »
- Hillary Busis
Director: Greg ‘Freddy’ Camalier.
Running Time: 102 minutes.
Synopsis: Down in Alabama, Rick Hall founded Fame Studios and gave birth to the Muscle Shoals sound. Aretha Franklin, Mick Jagger, Greg Allman, Etta James, Wilson Pickett, Alicia Keys, Keith Richards, Bono and others bear witness to the greatest untold American music story.
Muscle Shoals is a perfectly lovely documentary about some of the finest music ever recorded in the good ol’ U. S. of A., and what a celebration it is. From the frenzied joy of Pickett’s ‘Land Of A Thousand Dances’ over the opening titles, to the end credits’ ‘Sweet Home Alabama’ by Lynyrd Skynyrd, we are treated to ‘choon’ after ‘choon’ for the entirety of the film. Director Greg Camalier has assembled a who’s who of talking heads that recorded some of their finest songs in a small studio right there in Muscle Shoals. Such luminaries include Percy Sledge »
- John Sharp
Thn have received an official notice from our friends over at Dogwoof, who’ve acquired the UK distribution rights to Muscle Shoals after it found critical acclaim at Sundance and ahead of its UK premiere at Sundance London this weekend. The film will be screened this Saturday night followed by a performance by Gregg Allman and John Paul White who are working together for the first time.
But what’s the film about? Here’s the official release for your delectation:
Located alongside the Tennessee River, Muscle Shoals, Alabama is the unlikely breeding ground for some of America’s most creative and defiant music. Under the spiritual influence of the “Singing River” as Native Americans called it, the music of Muscle Shoals has helped create some of the most important and resonant songs of all time. At its heart is Rick Hall who founded Fame Studios. He is responsible for »
- Dan Bullock
As you tune in to your favorite TV shows tonight, we think it’s only fair that You decide the night’s best sound bite.
After you’ve watched, submit your choice sound bite in the comments section of this post. Did someone say something amazing on Arrow, The Americans, or Supernatural? What about something from The Daily Show or The Colbert Report? It’s up to you!
Leave a comment with your favorite quote of the evening and the name of the character who said it or vote for someone else’s by hitting “Like” next to their submission. »
- EW staff
“What they built there, you can’t see with your eyes,” says Bono at the close of Greg ‘Freddy’ Camalier’s music documentary Muscle Shoals, named after the Alabama city and its legendary studio where prolific acts such as Lynyrd Skynrd, Etta James and Aretha Franklin crafted their greatest hits.
Bono speaks much sense; as the dozens upon dozens of vinyl records bearing the Muscle Shoals signature stack into a pile that threatens to tower toward the camera, one gets the impression there’s fundamentally no real substitute for these iconic sounds in transporting the audience back to that specific time or place.
Camalier nevertheless commits an admirable effort into compiling a visually comprehensive retrospective of this uniquely creative environment. Studio footage, live performances and archive photos collect around stories from the musicians that had the privilege to work there, spearheaded by Fame studio founder Rick Hall.
Hall’s mantra was, »
- Ed Doyle
A couple weeks ago, The Client List fans got a taste of Jennifer Love Hewitt’s vocal ability, but she isn’t the only series regular with a set of finely tuned pipes. And after the travesty that was Loretta Devine not getting to sing during Grey’s Anatomy’s musical episode, Devine — an original Dreamgirl on Broadway — is finally getting her moment in the spotlight!
In an exclusive clip from this Sunday’s episode, Devine’s Georgia declares that she has”a little testimonial of my own” during a church service. From there, Devine, who is backed by a piano and a gospel choir, »
- Samantha Highfill
The Sundance London Film and Music Festival returns to the capital this weekend and the lineup of film and music events looks to build on the solid foundation established last year.
It’s an exciting time for Independent film with the trailblazing success of the Sundance festival in Utah sparking off dozens of initiatives, the Raindance festival is a notable and vibrant example, and Sundance London is looking to do more than replicating the success of its American cousin.
When we reported on the lineup we singled out Michael Winterbottom’s The Look of Love, a biopic of self-styled King of Soho Paul Raymond, and Shane Carruth’s Upstream Color, his highly anticipated follow-up film to 2004′s Primer. However there are many more excellent films playing across the various strands and we wanted to shine our spotlight on some of the films to look forward to.
All the films playing »
- Jon Lyus
Three weeks into The Voice UK's second series and the competition is hotting up - but which auditionees stood out this week? Digital Spy takes a closer look at the coaches' teams after show number two...
The Black Eyed Peas star triumphed again this week, landing a pair of very strong contenders - passing up on Jessie J's impassioned pitch, Cleo Higgins opted for the chair-surfing one. Do you think she's comin' back atcha in a big way, or has Cleo had her shot at stardom?
Also teaming with will was fashion-savvy Irish singer Leah McFall - her funky 'R.I.P.' lured in Jessie J too, but cries of "Girl Power!" did no good and it was Team will that snatched up her unique talent. Sneaky Willy!
Jessie's dry spell was broken by 22-year-old Lovelle Hill, who lured in three out of »
Cleo Higgins leads the third round of blind auditions in tonight's episode of The Voice UK.
Formerly the lead singer of pop act Cleopatra and now a mum of two and trained chef, Higgins is seen hoping to relaunch her musical career.
"I am so tired of people recognising me for my history and not hearing what I'm capable of doing as a performer now," says the 30-year-old.
She is joined by fellow teenage auditionees Conor Scott - an 18-year-old Belfast busker - "ultimate Jessie J super-fan" Lem Knights and 19-year-old Mitchel Emms, who once »
New York — R&B star Chaka Khan will be inducted into the Apollo Theater's hall of fame.
The annual event raises funds for the Apollo's education and community outreach programs.
Khan and Blige received a Grammy Award together in 2008 for "Disrespectful."
Sarah Jessica Parker will present this year's corporate award to Time Warner Inc.
The Voice UK has released an online exclusive clip from this Saturday's episode.
The Voice UK continues this Saturday (April 13) at 6.45pm on BBC One.
> The Voice UK teams so far: Who is your favourite?
> The Voice UK poll: Who was the best act?
Sundance London returns with a keen momentum to the O2 Arena from the 25th to the 28th of April and this year the festival’s twin strands of music and film are even more intertwined with some must-see headline events.
Below we’ve picked three of the events we’ll be looking out for in our coverage and we’ll be in attendance bringing you reviews of the festival’s films and events. If the events spark your interest we’ve included further information and booking details for each of our selection and for the list of features playing in this year’s festival get busy clicking here.
Our interview with John Cooper, Director of the Sundance Film Festival and Trevor Groth, Director of Programming for the Sundance Film Festival can be found here and you can see all of our coverage for Sundance here, and, importantly, here’s the »
- Jon Lyus
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