The Alabama Shakes show at the Ogden Theatre this weekend to be broadcast live on AXS TV
Got tickets to see the Alabama Shakes this weekend at the Ogden Theatre? If you don't, it's too late now; it's sold out. Not to worry, though: The show is scheduled to be broadcast live on AXS TV starting at 10 p.m. (Comcast channel 664, DirecTV channel 340, Dish Network channel 362), so you'll be able to see the whole thing from the comfort of your couch. It's obviously not the same as being there, but it's certainly the next best thing.
A number of bands are returning to a Southern-rock sound these days, but much of the music they're making is too derivative to be interesting. Alabama Shakes, fresh off a date warming up for Neil Young, bucks that trend. The group's members, who met in high school and forged the kind of personal bond that shines through in their music, don't sound like they went back and mined their parents' record collections in an effort to emulate some bygone glory days. Instead, singer and guitarist Brittany Howard sings with an impassioned believability that sounds like she has experienced a fuller life than her young years could hope to contain. Her earthy vocals and the band's solid, vibrant musicianship are both remarkable for their emotional depth. Alabama's 2012 album, Boys & Girls, captures a taste of its soul-driven rock, but it's best experienced live.
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