Alabama Shakes Announce Debut Album, Boys & Girls

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Alabama Shakes Announce Debut Album, <i>Boys & Girls</i>

The Alabama Shakes, our best new band of 2011, announced their debut album today. It’s titled Boys & Girls and will be released on ATO Records on April 10. The album was self-produced and mixed by the band at The Bomb Shelter in Nashville.

“We’ve got some songs that are a whole lot different than others, and well, I guess what we’re going for here is to make sure people know we’re not just a retro soul band and we do play rock ’n’ roll music,” frontwoman Brittany Howard told Paste last year about the album.

“The way we play songs live is all in ascending order. It starts off in one place, and by the end of the show, it’s a completely different type of feeling. And I think that’s what we’re trying to do on the album. We’re trying to make it exciting, and everything we put into it, we want to keep it natural, but we also put a lot of thought into it.”

The band will also release a 7” single on Third Man Records in late January. The album’s opener, “Hold On” was also released to stream today. You can check out the album’s track list and listen to the bluesy rocker “Hold On” below thanks to Consequence of Sound. You can also take a look at the band’s tour dates below.

Boys & Girls Track List:
1 - Hold On
2 - I Found You
3 - Hang Loose
4 - Rise To The Sun
5 - You Ain’t Alone
6 - Goin’ To The Party
7 - Heartbreaker
8 - Boys & Girls
9 - Be Mine
10 - I Ain’t The Same
11 - On Your Way

Alabama Shakes Tour Dates
19 - New Orleans, La. @ One Eyed Jacks
20 - Houston, Texas @ Continental Club
21 - Austin, Texas @ Continental Club
24 - Solana Beach, Calif. @ Belly Up
25 - Hollywood, Calif.@ Troubadour
26 - San Francisco, Calif. @ The Independent
28 - Portland, Ore. @ Doug Fir
29 - Vancouver, B.C. @ Media Club
31 - Seattle, Wash. @ Crocodile Room

2 - Salt Lake City, Utah @ The State Room
22 - London, U.K. @ Boston Arms
23 - London, U.K. @ Boston Arms
24 - London, U.K. @ Boston Arms

10 - Milwaukee, Wis. @ Pabst Theater
23 - Tuscaloosa, Ala. @ Baba Theater
29 - Oxford, Miss. @ Proud Larry’s
31 - Birmingham, Ala. @ Workplay Theatre