The five best concerts in Colorado this weekend
02. ALABAMA SHAKES @ FOX THEATRE | FRI, 8/10/12
The FMQB Triple A Conference has taken over Boulder's Hill for the past couple of days, and there's one night left. Tonight, you can expect a stacked lineup that includes Husky on the Hill stage, along with Good Old War and Alabama Shakes at the Fox. The latter, fresh off a two-night run with Neil Young at Red Rocks, is a must-see. 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 bucks that trend. The group's members, who met in high school and forged the kind of personal bond that shines through in the 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 more of 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. The band's 2012 album, Boys & Girls, captures a taste of that soul-driven rock, but it's best experienced live.