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Brittany Howard of Alabama Shakes
If you are not familiar with Alabama Shakes, I reckon you sure will be by the end of 2012! The quartet (quintet if you include their touring keyboard player) from Athens, Alabama rocked the house at a very sold out show at the Music Hall of Williamsburg in Brooklyn on April 12, 2012. Lead singer Brittany Howard is also a name you are soon to become well acquainted with as her vocals are like a cross between Betty Davis (not the actress, Miles’ ex-wife – look her up!) and Adele. Musically, Alabama Shakes fuses elements of southern rock, blues and soul and when you put that combination together, you get a rockin’ good time!
Their debut album “Boys and Girls” was released this week and it’s going to be a smash. The Shakes (as they are sometimes known) played the record to an adoring crowd, who sang along to the words of nearly every track! Lead singer Brittany Howard played guitar and also delivered an extremely powerful vocal performance where just from watching the show, you can tell she’s going to be a star! She thanked the crowd for us coming out to see Alabama Shakes and she said that it seems hard for her to believe that she’s in New York performing songs that were written in their bedrooms in Alabama. She better get used to it because in a matter of no time, they are going to be playing huge venues.
It's Brittany, Bitch!
If you head over to Alabama Shakes’ official site (link is above), you can download a free mp3 of their song “Heavy Chevy” in exchange for your email address. Highly recommended! I am looking forward to watching Alabama Shakes shake up and take up the music world.
See the setlist after the jump.
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On April 12, 2011, New York was treated to a trio of hard rock as Black Lips, Vivian Girls and Yellow Dogs performed at Webster Hall. Before walking into the venue, I was unfamiliar with the sounds of all three bands so I was excited to broaden my musical horizons. I’d read that Mark Ronson produced the new Black Lips album, so I was extra excited to see them. The show began at 8:30 PM with the Iranian rock band Yellow Dogs. They told the crowd how excited they were to be playing for us, and the crowd returned the love. Their songs were fast and furious and several tracks even had a jam-band feel. Yellow Dogs were the subject of a 2009 film entitled “No One Knows About Persian Cats.”
Up next was the Brooklyn-based trio The Vivian Girls. Their music consisted of all up-beat punkish tunes. The crowd, which was lousy with hipsters, was into it. It was not the most original sound I’ve heard, but it’s always fun to watch a girl group rock it out.
The Black Lips hit the stage around 10:30 and the second they hit the stage, all hell broke loose in Webster Hall. Drinks were flying, people were pushing and shoving and the entire floor of Webster Hall was a gigantic mosh pit. Guess who is too old to put up with that shit? You guessed it. I was in the front row and that type of behavior from 18 year old hipsters is no longer a fun time for me. I tried to endure as long as I could, but the music I was hearing was your typical derivative hard rock/punk band. I kicked a few people in the mosh pit, as one does at these things, and I got the hell out of there! As I walked away into the rainy New York night, all I could think of was “what was Mark Ronson thinking working with these guys?!” I’m sure if you ask a bruised and hungover hipster, they’ll give you a totally different review of the show.