Whenever I play the Alabama Shakes on turntable.fm (which is often) I always make a point to single out the fact that this is a NEW band. Their soulful rock sound isn't of this time and fits right up with the greats during the soul golden years. Most music today is polarizing, back story driven, and fit snugly into one of a thousand made up genres. The Alabama Shakes are a southern rock band driven by the simple principals of soul music: bold voice, driving guitars, swinging percussion, and an ease of emoting that appears seamless, but very few bands can accomplish. There isn't a single negative concerning Alabama Shakes and if they continue down this path they could end up being the band to remind many listeners the power of great rock and roll. I highly recommend supporting this band by purchasing their new self-titled EP and if you get a chance to see them live, don't hesitate, grab a ticket.