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Alabama Shakes began playing in packed houses for enthusiastic fans after putting out a hastily released EP just six months ago. This week, the Athens, Ala., foursome will have a jam-packed schedule over five days at the South by Southwest Music Conference and Festival. The members of Alabama Shakes are, from left, Zac Cockrell, Brittany Howard, Steve Johnson and Heath Fogg. (Associated Press)

Alabama Shakes began playing in packed houses for enthusiastic fans after putting out a hastily released EP just six months ago. This week, the Athens, Ala., foursome will have a jam-packed schedule over five days at the South by Southwest Music Conference and Festival. The members of Alabama Shakes are, from left, Zac Cockrell, Brittany Howard, Steve Johnson and Heath Fogg. (Associated Press)

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