Just announced: Alabama Shakes and Drive-By Truckers playing the Mann in September

Alabama Shakes | Photo by Brantley Gutierrez
Alabama Shakes | Photo by Brantley Gutierrez

Alabama Shakes and the Drive-By Truckers are playing Philly on September 17 at the Mann Center for the Performing Arts. The Shakes return with their sophomore album, Sound & Color on April 21st.

About the album, Ann Powers of NPR Music writes:

This album, so much more confident and wide-ranging than the band’s outstanding 2012 debut Boys & Girls, is not merely Southern rock, any more than the Allman Brothers are merely Southern rock. It’s not just a new spin on soul, or even funk, any more than building a world the way Clinton has can be called a spin. It has punk elements, a song called “Shoegaze,” punishing heavy-metal chords, and falsetto singing that might make Prince envious. There are love songs like “Miss You,” spiked with charming little details, and cosmic adventures like “Future People” and the profane, biblical “Dunes.”

Powers continues:

Sound & Color shows the strong influence of the rock royals whose hallucinations about the South have demanded responses since the 1960s: Led Zeppelin and the Rolling Stones. As a singer, Howard can deliver any blues or soul cliché with ease — or any rock cliché, for that matter — but her approach is singular. It’s punk in its refusal to conform, glam in its theatrical flair, jazz in its self-directed, often unexpected musicality.

Below, watch the video for “Future People” from the Shakes’ forthcoming album.

Tickets to the show go on sale on Saturday, April 25th at 10 a.m. Don’t miss this show – it’s going to be a great night of Southern rock and soul music.

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