"These boys behind me, there's the Alabama Shakes right there," singer and guitarist Brittany Howard noted as she gestured toward her bandmates at the end of the first of two sold-out performances at the Beacon Theatre. "That's my family."
Kari Devereaux for the Village Voice Alabama Shakes perform on March 11 during first of two consecutive shows at the Beacon Theatre.
It's a family the 25-year-old former mail carrier has spearheaded to serious acclaim, and one that was eager to show off its new jewels at the Beacon. Though their new album, Sound and Color, isn't out for another month (it's released April 21 on ATO Records), they didn't hold back on new songs and liberally sprinkled proven favorites from their 2012 debut, Boys and Girls, with mostly unfamiliar tunes. The show was bookended by two new tracks, the bluesy "Dunes" and gospel-soulful "Over My Head," slow and new being a considerable test for even the most passionate of fans. But dedicated the fans were, with most jumping up before the first note was played and some — notably, the two enraptured guys slow-dancing as best they could while trapped in their seats — clearly loving the quiet romance of the set.More »