This Alabama-based roots-rock group’s music just hurts so damn good. Led by the force of nature that is singer-guitarist Brittany Howard, the quartet churn out soulful Southern rock, R&B and blues on their upcoming album Boys & Girls, out April 10 via ATO Records (buy it). Jack White likes ‘em, too; his Third Man Records label is releasing a two-song single, which the Shakes recorded last fall at his studio. See ‘em now before they’re huge.
March 5, 2012