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The Rural Alberta Advantage

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Toronto indie rock band the Rural Alberta Advantage balance rhythmic intensity with expansive melodies. Singer/guitarist Nils Edenloff, a native of Alberta, Canada, founded the trio in 2005 with drummer Paul Banwatt and bassist/keyboardist Amy Cole. The group soon self-released a demo recording, followed by The Rural Alberta Advantage EP in 2006. Two years later they made their full-length debut with Hometowns. While little known at the time of its release, Hometowns got a big boost when online music retailer eMusic championed the album, declaring it the eMusic Select album of the month for November 2008. The band got another boost in March 2009 when it played a high-profile showcase at South by Southwest in Austin, Texas, alongside one of the festival's most anticipated bands, Grizzly Bear. The buzz about the Rural Alberta Advantage reached the point where Omaha-based indie label Saddle Creek Records picked up Hometowns for reissue in 2009. The group's much anticipated second studio album, Departing, arrived in March 2011, and was followed by Mended with Gold in 2014, both on Saddle Creek. They both landed on Billboard's independent and Heatseekers album charts. In September 2016, Cole announced that she was leaving the band. Robin Hatch joined the lineup in time to help test new material on the road for album number four, which included the lead single "White Lights." ~ Marcy Donelson & Jason Birchmeier
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The Rural Alberta Advantage

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  2.   Drain the Blood
  3.   Don't Haunt This Place
  4.   Eye of the Tiger
  5.   Muscle Relaxants
  6.   The Ballad of the Raa
  7.   In the Summertime
  8.   Two Lovers
  9.   The Air
  10.   To Be Scared
  11.   The Deadroads
  12.   Stamp
  13.   Edmonton
  14.   Beacon Hill
  15.   Vulcan, AB
  16.   45/33
  17.   Terrified
  18.   On the Rocks
  19.   Tornado '87
  20.   North Star
  21.   Good Night
  22.   Coldest Days
  23.   Barnes' Yard
  24.   Sleep All Day
  25.   Rush Apart
  26.   Four Night Rider
  27.   All We've Ever Known
  28.   Rough And Tumble
  29.   The Breakup
  30.   Frank, AB
  31.   On the Run
  32.   The Dethbridge in Lethbridge
  33.   Our Love...
  34.   The Build
  35.   Not Love or Death
  36.   This City
  37.   White Lights
  38.   Runners in the Night
  39.   Luciana
  40.   Under the Knife

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