New album Sounds Like This to be released May 8, 2012
The California-based band will kick off the Spring leg of their tour in Denver, Colorado on March 16, immediately following two SXSW showcases in Austin, where they were recently dubbed one of Rolling Stone's "25 Can't-Miss Acts". After a string of east coast dates throughout May including Brooklyn, Philadelphia and Washington DC, the four-piece will also appear at Bonnaroo Music Festival in June and FloydFest in July. Tour dates are listed below.
ALO's fourth release on the Brushfire Records label showcases their unfettered passion, wit, and imagination while simultaneously exploring uncharted musical terrain.
With its vibrant blend of inventive musicality and genre-blurring reach, Sounds Like This sees ALO operating with verve and vitality, their funk pop 'n roll aglow with exceptional song craft and danceable grooves.
ALO let their imagination run free, both musically and lyrically, resulting in larger-than-life highlights such as "Cowboys and Chorus Girls" or the self-explanatory glitterball workout, "Room For Bloomin."
At the heart of the album is ALO's raucous reverie for days past, "Blew Out The Walls," as well as its more subdued sibling, "Sounds Like That" (included exclusively as an iTunes bonus track), which reverberates with the excitement and passion of a rock 'n' roll band in its nascent stage.
Long acclaimed for their deft musicianship, potent songwriting, and astonishing on-stage interaction, the members of ALO have played together for more than two decades, with the current lineup now in its 10th year and counting.
The band followed the release of 2010's Jack Johnson-produced Man Of The World by doing what they do best; playing live. Highlights included a run of national headlining shows, numerous festival appearances (Hangout, Mountain Jam, Mile High, Jamcruise), Jack Johnson's US Summer tour, the Halloween-themed "Haunted Carnival of Traveling Freaks & Frights" tour and their annual "Tour d'Amour" benefiting public music school programs.
All four members of ALO agree that a similar sense of excitement is currently spurring the band forward. Sounds Like This has imbued ALO with an audacious energy that is certain to infiltrate the band's already spirited live shows, not to mention their next studio outing. (Photos by John Margaretten)
3/14/2 St. David's Bethel Hall - Austin, TX
3/15/12 Treehouse Diddly @ Cheers - Austin, TX (Free Show)
3/15/12 The Studio by HGTV - Austin, TX
Newly Announced Tour Dates:
3/16/12 Ogden Theatre - Denver, CO
3/24/12 Steamboat Ski Area - Steamboat Springs, CO (Free Show)
4/20/12 Main Street Arts Fest - Fort Worth, TX (Free Show)
4/21/12 Crawfest - New Orleans, LA (Free Show)
4/27/12 Republic - New Orleans, LA (Nolafunk series)
5/9/12 Brooklyn Bowl - Brooklyn, NY
5/10/12 Brighton Music Hall - Allston, MA
5/11/12 World Café Live - Philadelphia, PA
5/12/12 8 x 10 - Baltimore, MD
5/14/12 U St. Music Hall - Washington, DC
5/16/12 Visulite Theatre - Charlotte, NC
5/17/12 Lincoln Theatre - Raleigh, NC
5/18/12 The Orange Peel - Asheville, NC
5/19/12 Smith's Olde Bar - Atlanta, GA
5/22/12 Mercy Lounge - Nashville, TN
5/23/12 Headliners Music Hall - Louisville, KY
5/24/12 Rathskeller - Indianapolis, IN
5/25/12 Martyr's - Chicago, IL
5/26/12 - 5/27/12 Summer Camp Music Festival - Chillicothe, IL*
5/31/12 Wakarusa Festival - Ozark, AR
6/8/12 Browns Island - Richmond, VA
6/7/12 - 6/10/12 Bonnaroo Music and Arts Festival*
7/5/12 - 7/8/12 High Sierra Music Festival - Quincy, CA*
7/28/12 Floyd Fest - Floyd, VA
*Performance date to be announced