I’m not sure what music blogs you’ve got on your RSS reader these days, but I’d recommend checking out Aquarium Drunkard. Rather than trying to find the buzziest of buzzbands to rave about, the site posts a lot of older music – vintage folk, soul, garage rock and more. It’s a great place to get acquainted with new genres and hear music you’re not old enough to have heard the first time around.
But it’s also a great place to find under-the-radar bands that are making great music right now. One of those finds is the Athens (Alabama, not Georgia) band The Shakes. Take a listen to their song “You Ain’t Alone.”
The Shakes – You Ain’t Alone (MP3)
They call themselves a “soul revival/rock & roll band.” This could be considered a dangerous move, because putting “soul” anywhere near a description of your sound means you better have the vocals to back it up. Thankfully, Brittany Howard’s powerful voice earns that descriptor within her first few notes and the rest of the band is strong enough to not be outshined.
Looks like there’s more recording and touring in this band’s future, so keep an eye out for them.
[via Aquarium Drunkard.]