Musical bands saturate the air waves and compete for your attention.  Sorting through the myriad of offerings can bring pain to your ears and waste your time.  Modern pop music culture is filled with studio productions which take many behind the scene actors to achieve the final cut of a song.  That production method compensates for a singer's weak voice or a musician's limited talent.  During a live show, there is nowhere for performers to hid.  Executing a live show, which leaves fans entertained and wanting more, is not a simple task.  

Live performances revamp produced albums and written songs into a palatable experience, establishing a connection with the music and venue, that only those present can fully appreciate.  Attending live performances is a must for music lovers and all-around seekers of good times. 

The bands listed below are a short list of viable groups that will not disappoint live crowds.

Mumford and Sons

With several years of live shows under their belt, Mumford & Sons has solidified themselves as a premier live band.  Folky sad songs are transformed into crowd stomping energy.  It is always a pleasure to watch lead singer, Marcus Mumford play the guitar, while keeping time with a bass drum and tambourine.  All the while, singing his heart out.  The excellent lyrics, originality, and energy will satisfy any concert goer.

Mumford and Sons latest full-length album, Babel was released September 24, 2012.  Babel sold 600,000 records in its first week of sales making it the highest sold album within the first week of being released for all albums of 2012.

Mumford and Sons - 'I Will Wait' performed live at Red Rocks

Alabama Shakes

Alabama Shakes churn out good old rock n’ roll lead by soulful crooner, Brittany Howard.  Brittany definitively defines the band and is the driving force of the band's success.  The Alabama Shakes came out with their anticipated album, Boys & Girls on April 9, 2012.  The word anticipated seems to be used as a verb for every band’s planned album release but this album was legitimately anticipated following a strong year of live performances.  They started out in Athens, Alabama and are currently touring the globe with a few stops in the US. 

Alabama Shakes Live at London Forum - Highlights

Hoots and Hellmouth

Hoots and Hellmouth has a refreshing country soulful sound that moves any crowd.  A band that includes Sean Hoots (lead singer/guitarist), Rob Berliner (mandolin, banjo, piano, & organ), Todd Erk (upright & electric bass) and Mike Reilly (drums).  All members sing and provide harmonies with a fusion of American music including folk, rock, gospel, and soul.  A notable trait of the band is the use of stomp boxes with tambourines strapped to them.  The stomp boxes are much like enclosed pallets.  The band stomps the rhythm which seems to release power that energizes the entire venue.  Trying not to stomp along with the song, You and All of Us, will challenge the dullest of feet.

Hoots and Hellmouth's latest full-length album is titled, Salt.  It was released in April 2012.  A digital album with 2 new songs was released on November 20, 2012.

Hoots and Hellmouth - 'You and All of Us' performed live

Trampled by Turtles

Five members equipped with a guitar, bass, banjo, mandolin, and fiddle comprise Trampled by Turtles.  The group was formed in Minnesota with the goal of growing a new sound from experimenting with a folky style.  Trampled by Turtles live shows are highlighted by rapid tempos mixed in perfectly with mellow songs.  It takes a brave soul to keep up with the fiddle and mandolin during a live rendition of Wait So Long. 

Trampled by Turtles released Stars and Satellites in April 2012 which is the bands 6th album.

Trampled by Turtles - 'Wait So Long' Live

Live band microphone
Credit: Lestat (Jan Mehlich)