A few notes into an Alabama Shakes performance is all it takes to confirm that the buzz surrounding this southern rock outfit is no accident. Fronted by force of nature Brittany Howard, Alabama Shakes have taken the Americana world by storm with awards and all kinds of praise, from NPR to Rolling Stone, Jack White and more. The band’s acclaimed debut album, Boys & Girls, included “Hold On,” named Rolling Stone’s Best Song of 2012. With multiple Grammy Award nominations already to their name, this relatively young band’s meteoric rise is built on knockout performances and true blue talent. With Howard’s powerful, raw voice drawing comparisons to Janis Joplin, it’s no surprise that music critics and fans are hailing Alabama Shakes as the next big thing.