Alabama Shakes' retro soul-infused LP Sound & Color will battle it out at the 2016 Grammys to become Album of the Year, though the competition (Taylor Swift, Kendrick Lamar, The Weeknd and Chris Stapleton) will definitely prove challenging. Still, it's cool to see the Southern rock band recognized at that level, especially since their live sets consistently shake the heavens with sheer power.
In concert, the band -- led by vocalist and guitarist Brittany Howard -- conjures up an intense storm that also feels celebratory, and Sound & Color brims with these moments throughout its 47 minutes. Nowhere is this more apparent than on "Gimme All Your Love," and lucky for us, Alabama Shakes shared a forceful live rendition of it from "Austin City Limits" on Tuesday (Dec. 28) via Stereogum.
"Gimme All Your Love" is just one of Sound & Color's soul-sprinkled jams that propelled it to a top Grammy nomination. "Don't Wanna Fight," a slower but equally intense burner, could do wonders to save a relationship or try to win someone back, and "Gemini" is exactly the kind of personal statement that just might net the band a Grammy.
Whatever happens at the Grammys on February 15, Alabama Shakes still have our heart. These jams are proof.
Watch Howard talk to MTV News about the band's influences in 2012 below.