A few weeks back, my uncle said I should “Check [the Alabama Shakes] out…NOW.” I wish I had listened to him then. They’re good. Justin Gage, a far more successful music blogger than I, described the Shakes as “a slice of the real; an unhinged…blues-based soul outfit fronted by a woman armed with a whole lotta voice and a Gibson SG.” Lead singer Brittany Howard sure knows how to channel Janis Joplin. Look out for the Shakes’ debut release this April, as well as their appearance at Sasquatch. Word on the street is that the know how to put on a live show.