VH1 Staff Picks: 14 Amazing Bands You Need To See Perform Live In 2014

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8. Alabama Shakes

When you’re watching 23-year-old front woman Brittany Howard, you get the impression that you’re watching a future legend. She belts like Janis Joplin, she shreds like Jimi Hendrix, and she’s got enough soul to give Aretha Franklin a run for her money! Heavy (some would say hyperbolic) praise? Perhaps. But these guys are the real deal. ‘Shakes are perhaps the most exciting band playing today, so catch ‘em in their prime! -Jordan Runtagh

 

7. Drake

No one in the game is having more fun performing live than Drake. His forearms flail about as if independent from his upper body during party anthems like “Pop That” and “Started From the Bottom,” and he has no problem pushing his catalog to the side to rise to the rafters and converse with fans for a solid 30 minutes. If that doesn’t make you feel wanted (for one night only, but still) I don’t know what does. -Emily Exton