Alabama Shakes Brought “Boys and Girls” to the Backyard

Alabama Shakes shook up South by Southwest last year in Austin, which is where MTV Hive filmed this video for “Boys and Girls.” Although their buzz had been growing in the Southeast for quite some time, that backyard performance was the first time I’d ever seen Alabama Shakes play live. (Yes, that’s a real chicken coop behind the stage. We were pretty far out of town.) Although this performance is much softer than their typically raucous live show, the band’s charisma is obvious. They’ve come a long way since then, too. In fact, they’re nominated for two Grammys this coming weekend. Don’t miss this laid-back live rendition of “Boys and Girls,” the title track to their outstanding album.