Brittany Howard and her Alabama Shakes have had a huge year. Their tour found them filling increasingly large venues, and along the way the group released its roundly praised debut, “Boys & Girls” — advanced by the slow-burning hit “Hold On” — and made fans and friends out of artists like the Drive-By Truckers, Jack White, Neil Young, and Booker T. Jones. They play a sold-out show at the House of Blues on Oct. 5.
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