Black Keys lovers– meet the Alabama Shakes from Athens, Alabama. They put out their debut 4-track EP a few months ago that caused quite a stir, and I just have a soft spot for these Southern kids. While it might be a style gaining some hipster revival, I think vocalist/guitarist Brittany Howard’s very Aretha and Marvin Gaye jibe’ing shines through in an age of overmodulated female vocalists. Couldn’t we all just go back to the days of motown? Damn.
Stream or buy the entire EP yourself on BandCamp. Their full-length, “Boys & Girls” is rumoured to be out on Rough Trade in April. The band’s got a huge potential, let’s just hope they don’t stick to the formula.