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Thursday, Jan. 16, 2014

The Rural Alberta Advantage w/ Midnight Reruns

By Shepherd Express Staff
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7 p.m.
Give credit to Toronto’s The Rural Alberta Advantage for its naming prowess: The group’s songs are indeed about the advantages to living in rural Alberta. Neutral Milk Hotel, to whom the band often gets compared, never wrote songs about neutral milk or milk hotels, or any dairy products in general. But The Rural Alberta Advantage has an uncommon sense of place. That place, the city where singer and songwriter Nils Edenloff grew up, is Fort McMurray, Alberta, an oil town in the middle of nowhere. The group’s 2009 album Hometowns was not only about the city, but also about the nostalgia of moving away. Above the distorted folk-pop acoustic guitars and behind Edenloff’s nasal voice there is the sense of loss from moving on, which carried through the group’s similarly jittery 2011 follow-up, Departing.

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