Breaking news bulletin: Alabama Shakes makes good music, and Brittany Howard is humdinger of a singer. On Team 360, Deborah Sengupta Stith confirmed as much with a rave review of the “Sound and Color” band’s return to “Austin City Limits” (the TV show) on Friday, and Peter Blackstock checked in at the band’s Saturday ACL Fest set just to make sure they weren’t slacking off.
They were not.
Our music writers aren’t the only ones who are raving about Alabama Shakes. See what fans at the fest were talking about Saturday night:
.@Alabama_Shakes killed it and whoever was running sound for their set should be doing every set.
— Justin Winslow (@justin_winslow) October 4, 2015
Listening to @Alabama_Shakes today during their set at @aclfestival made me tear up. Such amazing talent and everyone was feeling it!
— Stephen Markel (@backstagebrain) October 4, 2015
LOVE IS suffering through an entire set (the one country artist at acl) to be FRONT ROW for @AlabamaShakes#WORTHITpic.twitter.com/tFWQdfM5wI
— Hannah Bennett (@hannnahlea) October 4, 2015
Anyone else just start crying watching @Alabama_Shakes? #ACLFest
— Rachael Edwards (@RachaelEdwards) October 4, 2015
Watching Alabama Shakes live is happiness #ACL
— Rafael Elizondo III (@rafa_e10) October 4, 2015
Wow!!! @Alabama_Shakes stole the entire @aclfestival tonight!!! They are a MUST see! #ACLFest#ACL2015pic.twitter.com/Z722pNTYAV
— Sherry Allison (@SherryAllison11) October 4, 2015
I have peaked. I got to see Alabama Shakes sing Gimme All Your Love live… And in front row.
— Delisa Shannon (@DeeezyMarie) October 4, 2015
@Alabama_Shakes just perfect! A great way to top off Saturday's lineup. #acl2015pic.twitter.com/7r1WHm3I4S
— Katie (@Katherine_H) October 4, 2015
Brittany Howard is a queen. I am painfully in love with @Alabama_Shakes ❤️🙌🏼👑🎶 #aclfest#ACL2015#atx#AlabamaShakespic.twitter.com/5qQTv7iGeI
— Lara Ortega (@lararaquel0818) October 4, 2015
Aside from the music, Howard’s sartorial sensibility was on point:
Loving Brittany Howard's dress during the @Alabama_Shakes show right now #ACLFestpic.twitter.com/IkBdFmGVEN
— Katie Urbaszewski (@urbaszewski) October 4, 2015
Some experienced relief from buyer’s remorse:
Alabama Shakes were so incredibly amazing. I have no more Weekend 2/Florence regrets. ✨
— Lizette Longoria (@lizetteml) October 4, 2015
And even if they weren’t at Zilker Park, the “Don’t Wanna Fight No More” artists knocked some homebound socks off:
Alabama Shakes are on the ACL livestream. Suddenly regretting being several hundred dollars richer by not buying passes this year.
— RAID THE JEWELS (@skippable) October 4, 2015
Watching Alabama Shakes put on a rock n roll clinic at @aclfestival (from my couch of course).
— Kyle Davis (@kylewaynedavis) October 4, 2015
Tangentially related, fans of “Supernatural” actor Jared Padalecki spotted the famous Austinite at the show (yours truly spotted him before the Shakey Graves set, as well):
#JaredPadalecki at the #AlabamaShakes show 😍😍😍 pic.twitter.com/DkyyvbJZ55
— Cat Cardenas (@crcardenas8) October 4, 2015
But alas, no set is truly perfect:
No "Hold On" from Alabama Shakes? Super sad pandas leaving that set. #360acl#ACL2015
— Addie Broyles (@broylesa) October 4, 2015