Plain White T’s Wonderful 2011 Dates

This week was anything but plain for the Plain White T’s. The alternative rock band released its sixth studio album and announced dates for a 2011 North American headline tour.

Wonders of the Younger was released on Tuesday on Hollywood Records as the follow-up to 2008’s Big Bad World. The album is doing pretty well, having hit No.1 on the iTunes Rock Album chart.

In a recent interview vocalist/guitarist Tom Higgenson explained that Wonders of the Younger was inspired by a performance he attended of Cirque du Soleil’s “O.”

“It just woke something up in me – this wonder,” the frontman said. “It was dark yet nostalgic. I thought, I want to make an album that gives people this feeling.”

Higgenson assured fans that “it’s still very much a Plain White T’s album.

“The songs are sincere and melodic, no matter what the subject matter. We want to create an experience that takes our fans to an unexpected place while still giving them songs to sing along to.”

Photo: Jim Hendershot
Rams Head Live, Baltimore, Md.

The Plain White T’s 2011 tour dates kick off Jan. 27 at Turner Hall Ballroom in Milwaukee. Shows are booked through a Feb. 28 gig at House Of Blues in Chicago.

Performances are also scheduled in Minneapolis (Jan. 28), Salt Lake City (Feb. 1), Las Vegas (Feb. 2), San Francisco (Feb. 6), San Diego (Feb. 9), Houston (Feb. 14), Philadelphia (Feb. 19), Boston (Feb. 21), New York (Feb. 22) and Pittsburgh (Feb. 24).

On Thursday the band plays Heritage Theatre in Campbell, Calif., followed by a Friday show at Montezuma Hall in San Diego.

Fans can also catch Plain White T’s supporting Ryan Star in Tucson, Ariz. (Dec. 11) and in Albuquerque, N.M. (Dec. 12).

Click here for the Plain White T’s official website.