Since their debut album Hometowns made it onto my top albums of 2009 list, it should be no surprise that I am a little more than excited about Rural Alberta Advantage returning to the scene early next year with a brand spankin new album and tour (including a sold out Merc show next month and a few other local dates before a SXSW jaunt).
Departing will be released in March via Saddle Creek and the first single, "Stamp" is a pretty upbeat and bold offering from the band which I really enjoy - although hopefully the rest of the album is not too much of a departure (see what I did there) from their last album overall.
Rural Alberta Advantage - Stamp
Wed Jan 12 - New York, NY - Mercury Lounge (sold out)
Wed Mar 9 - Cambridge, MA - Middle East Cafe
Thu Mar 10 - New York, NY - Bowery Ballroom
Fri Mar 11 - Philadelphia, PA - First Unitarian Church
Sat Mar 12 - Brooklyn, NY - Knitting Factory
Sun Mar 13 - Washington, DC - Rock ‘n Roll Hotel
Mon Mar 14 - Chapel Hill, NC - Local 506
Tue Mar 15 - Atlanta, GA - The Earl
Thu-Sat Mar 17-19 - Austin, TX – TBA SXSW
Sun Mar 20 - Dallas, TX – The Loft
Tue Mar 22 - Ames, IA - Maintenance Shop at Iowa State University
Wed Mar 23 - Milwaukee, WI - Mad Planet
Thu Mar 24 - Madison, WI - High Noon Saloon
Fri Mar 25 - Minneapolis, MN - First Avenue
Sat Mar 26 - Chicago, IL - Lincoln Hall
Tickets for the Bowery Ballroom show are on sale Friday!