TAOS, N. It looked like the kind of locket that holds the image of a saint. But up close, it was a faded photograph of two young girls , both in red home-sewn clown costumes.
'There's a racial line'
Find out who the favourites are for this year's Brits — and let us know who you'll be rooting for on Wednesday night. For one it was hearing a favourite song live for the first time after 30 years, for another it was a moment of liberating communal sweariness, for someone else it was making a friend happy with an autograph — these are the musical moments that stuck in the minds of our writers this year. Alabama Shakes. Five musicians explain why the damage goes more than skin deep.
In the middle of making her new album, Brittany Howard decided to record the air conditioner. Holding a microphone to ceiling, she captured the unit's electromagnetic pulse, turned it into a tape loop, then transposed it onto a keyboard. The experiment may have been scrapped, but it illustrates the sense of freedom Howard felt as she made her first solo album. It was just up to me to make my own mistakes. But by the time they finished their most recent tour, in , the singer-songwriter felt drained and exhausted. Facing 30, she was also considering what another decade in the band might look like. A lightbulb flickered into life during a long drive through the plains of Oklahoma with her wife, musician Jesse Lafser. It was bittersweet, for sure, because we've grown up together, we've changed our lives together - but I think everyone walked away from the room knowing that it wasn't necessarily so much an ending as it was like, 'OK, here's a new beginning'.