If you want further evidence of just how far Alabama Shakes have ascended into music-biz stratosphere witness the lineup release "poster" for Lollapalooza 2015. The Athens band is listed on the row beneath Paul McCartney and Metallica. And the same row as Grammy-hogging British singer Sam Smith. (The order in which acts are listed on festival posters have long been an unofficial poll depicting live-music hierarchy.)
Lollapalooza is set for July 31 - Aug. 2. Once again, the festival - which Jane's Addiction frontman Perry Farrell found in 1991 as a travelling alt-rock cavalcade only to be rebooted in 2005 as a destination fest - will be held in Chicago's Grant Park.