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Hurray for the Riff Raff (aka Alynda Segarra)'s new album, The Past Is Still Alive, is out now. Segarra made the album during a period of personal grief, when they found inspiration in radical poetry, railroad culture, outsider art, the work of writer Eileen Myles, and activist groups like ACT UP and Gran Fury. Segarra uses their lyrics as a way to immortalize and say goodbye to those they have loved and lost, and to honor both the heartbroken and the hopeful parts of themselves. "Segarra has created an epic tale of life on the road, a nearly mythic version of their own life story that stands alongside other great American musical travelogues," exclaims NPR Music. "Career-defining." Rolling Stone says: "Segarra has honed their craft into a cohesive, astonishingly realized singer-songwriter record ... the best batch of songs Segarra's ever written." Paste calls it "a celebratory measure of love, sanctuary, and defiance ... In their hands, the trauma of the present day is a prelude to the possibilities of a better tomorrow."

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Hurray for the Riff Raff (aka Alynda Segarra)'s acclaimed new album, The Past Is Still Alive, is out now on Nonesuch Records. You can get it and hear it here. Segarra made the album during a period of personal grief, when they found inspiration in radical poetry, railroad culture, outsider art, the work of writer Eileen Myles, and activist groups like ACT UP and Gran Fury. Segarra uses their lyrics as a way to immortalize and say goodbye to those they have loved and lost, and to honor both the heartbroken and the hopeful parts of themselves. Though made in North Carolina by the Bronx-born, New Orleans-based Segarra and produced by Brad Cook, the record brings listeners to places far beyond, evoking vivid experiences of small shops and buffalo stampedes in Santa Fe, childhood road trips and Florida storms, struggles of addiction in the Lower East Side, and days-long journeys to outrun the cops in Nebraska.

Nonesuch Store orders of The Past Is Still Alive on glow-in-the-dark green vinyl, translucent orange vinyl, and CD here include a limited-edition, autographed print of handwritten lyrics to the song “Colossus of Roads” while they last. You can take a quick look inside the translucent orange vinyl here:

On NPR Music's All Songs Considered, Ann Powers exclaims: "Segarra has created an epic tale of life on the road, a nearly mythic version of their own life story that stands alongside other great American musical travelogues ... career-defining."

"Recalls the confident swagger of Lucinda Williams and breaks your heart in all the right places," says the New York Times. The Wall Street Journal calls it "a remarkable showcase of the musician's vivid songwriting, marked by emotional epiphanies and local details." Rolling Stone says: "Segarra has honed their craft into a cohesive, astonishingly realized singer-songwriter record ... The unobstructive production is a perfect fit for a record that features the best batch of songs Segarra's ever written." Paste calls it "a celebratory measure of love, sanctuary, and defiance ... In their hands, the trauma of the present day is a prelude to the possibilities of a better tomorrow."

"The Past Is Still Alive is a record that confronts the idea of human obliteration, whether as a species or as individuals," raves MOJO in its four-star review. "It’s an act of fierce witness bearing, part memory box, part salute into a setting sun. Segarra knows what it takes to push up through the concrete and wire of a hostile environment, and they present it with tender but unsentimental empathy."

Segarra spoke with NPR's Steve Inskeep about the album on Morning Edition. You can hear their conversation here:

Hurray for the Riff Raff kicks off a months-long headline tour performing the music of The Past Is Still Alive at Tipitina's in their hometown of New Orleans this Sunday. In partnership with PLUS1, $1 per ticket will support This Must Be The Place and their work to distribute Naloxone—the lifesaving medicine that reverses an overdose, and will be available for free at every Hurray for the Riff Raff tour stop. After returning from Europe this spring, Hurray for the Riff Raff joins Norah Jones on her West Coast summer tour. Details and tickets below at at nonesuch.com/on-tour.

HURRAY FOR THE RIFF RAFF ON TOUR

Feb 25 Tipitina's New Orleans, LA
Feb 27 Masquerade Atlanta, GA
Feb 28 Motorco Durham, NC
Feb 29 Atlantis Washington, DC
Mar 1 Foundry Philadelphia, PA
Mar 3 Levon Helm Studios Woodstock, NY
Mar 5 Music Hall of Williamsburg Brooklyn, NY
Mar 6 The Sinclair Cambridge, MA
Mar 7 Brewbakers Keene, NH
Mar 9 Higher Ground Burlington, VT
Mar 10 Great Hall Toronto, ON
Mar 12 Skully's Columbus, OH
Mar 14 Lincoln Hall Chicago, IL
Mar 15 Amsterdam Bar & Hall St. Paul, MN
Mar 22 Big Ears Festival Knoxville, TN
Mar 28 Aladdin Theater Portland, OR
Mar 29 Neumo's Seattle, WA
Apr 1 August Hall San Francisco, CA
Apr 2 Harlow's Sacramento, CA
Apr 4 Voodoo Room San Diego, CA
Apr 5 Belasco Los Angeles, CA
Apr 6 Pappy & Harriet's Pioneertown, CA
Apr 7 Valley Bar Phoenix, AZ
Apr 9 Urban Lounge Salt Lake City, UT
Apr 10 Larimer Lounge Denver, CO
Apr 12 Tulips Fort Worth, TX
Apr 13 3TEN Austin, TX
Apr 14 White Oak Music Hall Houston, TX
Apr 27 New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival New Orleans, LA
May 10 Button Factory Dublin, IRELAND
May 11 Deaf Institute Manchester, UK
May 12 Mono Glasgow, UK
May 14 Brudenell Social Club Leeds, UK
May 15 Castle & Falcon Birmingham, UK
May 16 Strange Brew Bristol, UK
May 17 Electric Brixton London, UK
May 19 La Maroquinerie Paris, FRANCE
May 20 Botanique Brussels, BELGIUM
May 21 Tolhuistuin Amsterdam, NETHERLANDS
May 23 Privatclub Berlin, GERMANY
May 24 Tomavistas Madrid, SPAIN
     

HURRAY FOR THE RIFF RAFF ON TOUR WITH NORAH JONES

Jul 22 Gerald R. Ford Amphitheater Vail, CO
Jul 23 Red Rocks Amphitheatre Morrison, CO
Jul 25 Sandy Amphitheater Sandy, UT
Jul 26 Outlaw Field at Idaho Botanical Garden Boise, ID
Jul 27 Wine Country Amphitheater Walla Walla, WA
Jul 29 Woodland Park Zoo Seattle, WA
Jul 30 Queen Elizabeth Theatre Vancouver, BC
Aug 1 The Cuthbert Ampitheater Eugene, OR
Aug 3 The Masonic San Francisco, CA
     
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  • Friday, February 23, 2024
    Hurray for the Riff Raff's New Album, 'The Past Is Still Alive,' Out Now

    Hurray for the Riff Raff (aka Alynda Segarra)'s acclaimed new album, The Past Is Still Alive, is out now on Nonesuch Records. You can get it and hear it here. Segarra made the album during a period of personal grief, when they found inspiration in radical poetry, railroad culture, outsider art, the work of writer Eileen Myles, and activist groups like ACT UP and Gran Fury. Segarra uses their lyrics as a way to immortalize and say goodbye to those they have loved and lost, and to honor both the heartbroken and the hopeful parts of themselves. Though made in North Carolina by the Bronx-born, New Orleans-based Segarra and produced by Brad Cook, the record brings listeners to places far beyond, evoking vivid experiences of small shops and buffalo stampedes in Santa Fe, childhood road trips and Florida storms, struggles of addiction in the Lower East Side, and days-long journeys to outrun the cops in Nebraska.

    Nonesuch Store orders of The Past Is Still Alive on glow-in-the-dark green vinyl, translucent orange vinyl, and CD here include a limited-edition, autographed print of handwritten lyrics to the song “Colossus of Roads” while they last. You can take a quick look inside the translucent orange vinyl here:

    On NPR Music's All Songs Considered, Ann Powers exclaims: "Segarra has created an epic tale of life on the road, a nearly mythic version of their own life story that stands alongside other great American musical travelogues ... career-defining."

    "Recalls the confident swagger of Lucinda Williams and breaks your heart in all the right places," says the New York Times. The Wall Street Journal calls it "a remarkable showcase of the musician's vivid songwriting, marked by emotional epiphanies and local details." Rolling Stone says: "Segarra has honed their craft into a cohesive, astonishingly realized singer-songwriter record ... The unobstructive production is a perfect fit for a record that features the best batch of songs Segarra's ever written." Paste calls it "a celebratory measure of love, sanctuary, and defiance ... In their hands, the trauma of the present day is a prelude to the possibilities of a better tomorrow."

    "The Past Is Still Alive is a record that confronts the idea of human obliteration, whether as a species or as individuals," raves MOJO in its four-star review. "It’s an act of fierce witness bearing, part memory box, part salute into a setting sun. Segarra knows what it takes to push up through the concrete and wire of a hostile environment, and they present it with tender but unsentimental empathy."

    Segarra spoke with NPR's Steve Inskeep about the album on Morning Edition. You can hear their conversation here:

    Hurray for the Riff Raff kicks off a months-long headline tour performing the music of The Past Is Still Alive at Tipitina's in their hometown of New Orleans this Sunday. In partnership with PLUS1, $1 per ticket will support This Must Be The Place and their work to distribute Naloxone—the lifesaving medicine that reverses an overdose, and will be available for free at every Hurray for the Riff Raff tour stop. After returning from Europe this spring, Hurray for the Riff Raff joins Norah Jones on her West Coast summer tour. Details and tickets below at at nonesuch.com/on-tour.

    HURRAY FOR THE RIFF RAFF ON TOUR

    Feb 25 Tipitina's New Orleans, LA
    Feb 27 Masquerade Atlanta, GA
    Feb 28 Motorco Durham, NC
    Feb 29 Atlantis Washington, DC
    Mar 1 Foundry Philadelphia, PA
    Mar 3 Levon Helm Studios Woodstock, NY
    Mar 5 Music Hall of Williamsburg Brooklyn, NY
    Mar 6 The Sinclair Cambridge, MA
    Mar 7 Brewbakers Keene, NH
    Mar 9 Higher Ground Burlington, VT
    Mar 10 Great Hall Toronto, ON
    Mar 12 Skully's Columbus, OH
    Mar 14 Lincoln Hall Chicago, IL
    Mar 15 Amsterdam Bar & Hall St. Paul, MN
    Mar 22 Big Ears Festival Knoxville, TN
    Mar 28 Aladdin Theater Portland, OR
    Mar 29 Neumo's Seattle, WA
    Apr 1 August Hall San Francisco, CA
    Apr 2 Harlow's Sacramento, CA
    Apr 4 Voodoo Room San Diego, CA
    Apr 5 Belasco Los Angeles, CA
    Apr 6 Pappy & Harriet's Pioneertown, CA
    Apr 7 Valley Bar Phoenix, AZ
    Apr 9 Urban Lounge Salt Lake City, UT
    Apr 10 Larimer Lounge Denver, CO
    Apr 12 Tulips Fort Worth, TX
    Apr 13 3TEN Austin, TX
    Apr 14 White Oak Music Hall Houston, TX
    Apr 27 New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival New Orleans, LA
    May 10 Button Factory Dublin, IRELAND
    May 11 Deaf Institute Manchester, UK
    May 12 Mono Glasgow, UK
    May 14 Brudenell Social Club Leeds, UK
    May 15 Castle & Falcon Birmingham, UK
    May 16 Strange Brew Bristol, UK
    May 17 Electric Brixton London, UK
    May 19 La Maroquinerie Paris, FRANCE
    May 20 Botanique Brussels, BELGIUM
    May 21 Tolhuistuin Amsterdam, NETHERLANDS
    May 23 Privatclub Berlin, GERMANY
    May 24 Tomavistas Madrid, SPAIN
         

    HURRAY FOR THE RIFF RAFF ON TOUR WITH NORAH JONES

    Jul 22 Gerald R. Ford Amphitheater Vail, CO
    Jul 23 Red Rocks Amphitheatre Morrison, CO
    Jul 25 Sandy Amphitheater Sandy, UT
    Jul 26 Outlaw Field at Idaho Botanical Garden Boise, ID
    Jul 27 Wine Country Amphitheater Walla Walla, WA
    Jul 29 Woodland Park Zoo Seattle, WA
    Jul 30 Queen Elizabeth Theatre Vancouver, BC
    Aug 1 The Cuthbert Ampitheater Eugene, OR
    Aug 3 The Masonic San Francisco, CA
         
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