Alabama Shakes will extend their U.S. tour with a headline run that kicks off July 29 at the Paper Mill in Syracuse, NY and includes a show at Los Angelesâ€™ Music Box on August 14. A ticket pre-sale for the newly added dates is currently underway at AlabamaShakes.com.
Tickets will go on sale to the general public this Friday, April 27. The band heads out with Jack White on May 15 for a series of sold-out dates. Alabama Shakes will play a free show in New York Cityâ€™s Central Park on June 24 as part of the 2012 SummerStage concert series and perform at the Hangout, Sasquatch, Bonnaroo, Newport Folk, Lollapalooza and Outside Lands music festivals. See below for dates.
Available a week early on the iTunes Store, Alabama Shakesâ€™ debut album, Boys & Girls (ATO Records), bowed in the Top 20 on The Billboard 200 and at No. 1 on the Independent Label chart. Last week, following its wide release, the album jumped to No. 8 on The Billboard 200. Released in Europe by Rough Trade, Boys & Girls debuted at No. 3 on the U.K. album chart.
â€œCompared to computer-tuned radio pop, or even the big-time pop-soul of a genuine singer like Adele, the Alabama Shakes sound raw-boned and proudly unprocessed,â€ said The New York Timesâ€™ Jon Pareles in a Sunday â€œArts & Leisureâ€ cover story. Entertainment Weekly put Boys & Girls on its â€Must List,â€
the Los Angeles Times said itâ€™s â€œas combustible as it is nuanced â€” and destined to be one of the albums of the summerâ€ and Rolling Stone noted: â€œa White Stripes-ian sense of what-the-fuck discovery imbues a debut where even subtle things like â€˜Heartbreakerâ€™ swing like wrecking balls.â€
â€œIf [lead singer] Brittany Howard ever bugs you to be her baby (as she does repeatedly on Be Mine), you will give in,â€ said USA Today while the New York Daily News awarded Boys & Girls four stars, observing: â€œHoward sings a musical phrase like a track and field star throws a shot put. Sheâ€™ll lean far back in a note, pausing to amass lung power and heft. Then, in a burst, sheâ€™ll hurl the phrase to the sky, hitting her target with the aim of an Olympian.â€ â€œShakes numbers such as â€˜Hold Onâ€™ and â€˜You Ainâ€™t Aloneâ€™ might be younger than Siri, but they have the consoling authority of standards,â€ said The Washington Post.
Alabama Shakes â€“ comprising vocalist/guitarist Brittany Howard, guitarist Heath Fogg, drummer Steve Johnson, and bassist Zac Cockrell â€“ are based in Athens, AL and began playing together when they were in high school. Ben Tanner assists on keyboards. Boys & Girls â€“ produced and mixed by the band â€“ was recorded at The Bomb Shelter in Nashville, TN.
5/15 – Nashville, TN – Ryman Auditorium with Jack White SOLD OUT
5/16 – Nashville, TN – Ryman Auditorium with Jack White SOLD OUT
5/18 – Gulf Shores, AL – Hangout Music Fest SOLD OUT
5/19 – Asheville, NC – The Orange Peel with Jack White SOLD OUT
5/21 – New York, NY – Roseland Ballroom with Jack White SOLD OUT
5/22 – New York, NY – Roseland Ballroom with Jack White SOLD OUT
5/24 – Detroit, MI – Scottish Rite Theater with Jack White SOLD OUT
@ Masonic Temple
5/25-27 – Gorge, WA – Sasquatch Music Festival
6/7-10 – Manchester, TN – Bonnaroo Music & Arts Festival
6/22 – Richmond, VA – Friday Cheers at Brownâ€™s Island
6/24 – New York, NY – Central Parkâ€“SummerStage w/Diamond Rugs, Robert Ellis FREE SHOW
7/28 – Newport, RI – Newport Folk Festival
7/29 – Syracuse, NY – Paper Mill
7/31 – Indianapolis, IN – Vogue with Dry the River
8/2 – Minneapolis, MN – First Avenue with Dry the River
8/3-5 – Chicago, IL – Grant Park â€“ Lollapalooza
8/10-12 – San Francisco, CA – Golden Gate Park â€“ Outside Lands
8/14 – Los Angeles, CA – Music Box with Michael Kiwanuka
8/16 – San Diego, CA – House of Blues