Hurray for the Riff Raff Announce New Album 'The Past Is Still Alive,' Plot International Tour

Hear new single "Alibi"

BY Nika Petrosian Published Nov 9, 2023

Hurray for the Riff Raff has announced their new album The Past Is Still Alive, arriving on February 23 via Nonesuch. They have also shared the upcoming album's first single, "Alibi."

For The Past Is Still Alive, Hurray for the Riff Raff — a.k.a. Alynda Segarra — looked to their past and upbringing for inspiration, drawing from radical poetry and railroad culture, outsider art, Eileen Myles, and the extensive history of activism groups (like ACT UP and Gran Fury, for example), according to a press release. 

The album, as well as lead single "Alibi," see Segarra "grappling with time, memory, love and loss," they shared in a press release. They've teamed up with producer Brad Cook, as well as guest musicians Conor Oberst and Anjimile, among others on the forthcoming effort.

Of "Alibi," the artist shared:

"Alibi" is a plea, a last ditch effort to get through to someone you already know you're gonna lose. It's a song to myself, to my Father, almost fooling myself because I know what's done is done. But it feels good to beg. A reckoning with time and memory. The song is exhausted with loving someone so much it hurts. Addiction separates us. With memories of the Lower East Side in the early 2000s of my childhood, mixed with imagery of the endless West that calls to artists and wanderers.

Along with announcing The Past Is Still Alive and sharing the first lead single, Hurray for the Riff Raff has also announced a headline US, UK and Europe tour for 2024, with one Canadian date in Toronto next March.

UPDATE (4/18, 12:01 p.m. ET): Several new tour dates have been added to Hurray for the Riff Raff's itinerary. See them in bold below. 

Listen to "Alibi" below, where you will also find Hurray for the Riff Raff's 2024 tour dates and the album's tracklist.

The Past Is Still Alive:

1. Alibi
2. Buffalo
3. Hawkmoon
4. Colossus of Roads
5. Snake Plant (The Past Is Still Alive)
6. Vetiver
7. Hourglass
8. Dynamo
9. The World Is Dangerous
10. Ogallala
11. Kiko Forever

Hurray for the Riff Raff 2023–2024 Tour Dates:

11/11 Brooklyn, NY - Brooklyn Folk Fest
11/19 Gainesville, FL - Downtown Festival
02/25 New Orleans, LA - Tipitina's*
02/27 Atlanta, GA - Masquerade (Hell Stage)*
02/28 Durham, NC - Motorco Music Hall*
02/29 Washington, DC - Atlantis*
03/01 Philadelphia, PA - Foundry*
03/03 Woodstock, NY - Levon Helm Studios*
03/05 Brooklyn, NY - Music Hall of Williamsburg*
03/06 Boston, MA - Sinclair*
03/09 Burlington, VT - Higher Ground*
03/10 Toronto, ON - Great Hall*
03/12 Columbus, OH - Skully's*
03/14 Chicago, IL - Lincoln Hall*
03/15 Saint Paul, MN - Amsterdam Bar & Hall*
03/21 Knoxville, TN - Big Ears Festival
03/24 Knoxville, TN - Big Ears Festival
03/28 Portland, OR - Aladdin Theater
03/30 Seattle, WA - Neumos
04/01 San Francisco, CA - August Hall
04/02 Sacramento, CA - Harlow's
04/04 San Diego, CA - Voodoo Room
04/05 Los Angeles, CA - Belasco
04/06 Pioneertown, CA - Pappy & Harriet's
04/07 Phoenix, AZ - Valley Bar
04/09 Salt Lake City, UT - Urban Lounge
04/10 Denver, CO - Larimer Lounge
04/12 Fort Worth, TX - Tulips
04/13 Austin, TX - 3TEN
04/14 Houston, TX - White Oak Music Hall
05/10 Dublin, IE - Button Factory
05/11 Manchester, UK - Deaf Institute
05/12 Glasgow, UK - Mono
05/14 Leeds, UK - Brudenell Social Club
05/15 Birmingham, UK - Castle & Falcon
05/16 Bristol, UK - Strange Brew
05/17 London, UK - Electric Brixton
05/19 Paris, France - La Maroquinerie
05/20 Brussels, Belgium - Botanique
05/21 Amsterdam, Netherlands - Tolhuistuin
05/23 Berlin, Germany - Privatclub 
05/25 Madrid, Spain - Tomavistas Festival
05/26 Figino Serenza, Italy - Townes Van Zandt Festival
07/07 Northampton, MA - Iron Horse Music Hall^
07/09 Quebec City, QC - Festival d'Eté Québec
07/11 Detroit, MI - El Club^
07/12 Madison, WI - Fete De Marquette
07/13 Indianapolis, IN - Hi-Fi^
07/15 Cincinnati, OH - Woodward Theater^
07/16 Pittsburgh, PA - Andy Warhol Museum^
07/18 New York, NY - Battery Park River & Blues
07/22 Vail, CO - Gerald R. Ford Amphitheatre+
07/23 Morrison, CO - Red Rocks Amphitheatre+
07/25 Sandy, UT - Sandy Amphitheater+
07/26 Boise, ID - Outlaw Field at Idaho Botanical Garden+
07/27 Walla Walla, WA - Wine Country Amphitheater+
07/29 Seattle, WA - Woodland Park Zoo Amphitheater+
07/30 Vancouver, BC - Queen Elizabeth Theatre+
08/01 Eugene, OR - Cuthbert Amphitheater+
08/03 San Francisco, CA - The Masonic+
08/16 Crickhowell, UK - Green Man Festival
08/17 Coura, Portugal - Paredes de Coura Festival
09/20–9/22 North Adams, MA - FreshGrass Festival

^ with Hannah Frances
+ with Norah Jones  


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