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ACL Fest: Blazing 'ACL' taping sets Alabama Shakes up as a can't-miss act

Deborah Sengupta Stith
dsengupta@statesman.com
Austin 360
If anyone wondered what the Alabama Shakes meant when they named their latest album “Sound and Color,” they had the answer as soon as the band opened last night with “Future People.” The song finds vocalist Brittany Howard spinning her voice high in her head, coaxing out eerie noises, exploring parts of her vocal range most artists wouldn’t think to enter.    Howard didn’t spend a whole lot of time on banter but she was gracious and warm. “It’s my birthday. Give me some love. Give me some love,” she said early in the set. She seemed charmed, if a bit overwhelmed, when the crowd later spontaneously sang a hearty Happy Birthday. There was no encore. The band took the set out with a blazing rendition of “Over My Head” that had the crowd cheering for a good ten minutes, even after techs began to strike the stage. Overall the performance was a very powerful cathartic journey, one which sets up the band’s 7 p.m. ACL Fest set on the Honda stage as a can’t miss experiences.  
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