We'll Do It Live

Alabama Shakes

01.26.12 | San Francisco, CA

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For a band whose debut album doesn’t even come out until April, the Alabama Shakes are making a lot of noise. Already headlining gigs nationwide, this Muscle Shoals-flavored soul rock band has a lot of energy, but the main draw – at least to DI’s sensibilities – is lead singer, guitarist and natural born lightning rod Brittany Howard, who belts ’em out with the wild slash of a rusty razor in a wonderfully rangy voice that carelessly flies high and dips down low as the moment dictates. There is something of great queens like Bessie Smith and Patti Smith in this woman, and it makes us tingle every time we watch her work. From the look of these killer pics from John Margaretten, the Shakes are a ball in concert. Get a taste in the videos below this gallery, and we’ll join you in looking forward to Boys & Girls (arriving April 10).