Friday, May 16, 2008

The Hold Steady Are "Sequestered In Memphis" - But Not For So Long That They Can't Go On Tour

(Pic via Switchblade Comb)

Download: The Hold Steady - "Your Little Hoodrat Friend"

We already know the track-listing, title, and release date for the fourth long player from Brooklyn-via-Minneapolis indie-nostalgists The Hold Steady - but what about the first single? Will it allow us to Stay Positive about the Craig Finn-led group's irresistible winning streak of a recording career? We'll have to wait until July 15th until we truly know for sure, as that's when the album drops. But, on May 20th, which is in a few short days, we'll be able to hear the first single from Stay Positive. The song is called "Sequestered In Memphis", and it will be available on iTunes on the date mentioned in the previous sentence. No word on whether the label or the band will release that MP3 as a promo, but if we do, we'll let you know.

Being "Sequestered in Memphis" may or may not sound like your cup of tea vis-a-vis shootin' the shit and having good times, but certainly, a Hold Steady tour will float your boat. The band announce a full-length jaunt which begins in late June and goes all the way through August, with stops in Chicago for the P4K festival, amongst other summer fests. Check out the dates below.

6.08 - Chula Vista, CA - 94/9 Independence Jam
06.27 - Baltimore, MD - Ram’s Head Live!
06.28 - Philadelphia, PA - Festival Pier - School of Rock Festival
06.29 - Brooklyn, NY - McCarren Pool
07.17 - Cleveland, OH - Beachland Ballroom
07.18 - Pontiac, MI - Crofoot Ballroom
07.19 - Chicago, IL - Pitchfork Festival
07.21 - Madison, WI - Majestic Theatre
07.22 - Minneapolis, MN - First Avenue
07.23 - Fargo, ND - Fargo Theatre
07.26 - Seattle, WA - Capitol Hill Block Party
07.27 - Portland, OR - Crystal Ballroom
07.29 - San Francisco, CA - Mezzanine
07.30 - Los Angeles, CA - Avalon
08.02 - Tucson, AZ - Rialto Theatre
08.03 - El Paso, TX - Club 101
08.05 - Dallas, TX - Palladium Ballroom
08.06 - Austin, TX - La Zona Rosa
08.08 - Oxford, MS - Proud Larry’s
08.09 - Athens, GA - 40 Watt
08.10 - Charleston, SC - The Pourhouse
08.12 - Carrborro, NC - Cat’s Cradle
08.13 - Norfolk, VA - The Norva

Tickets for the MPLS show go on sale at 10 AM Today. Click here for tix.

The Hold Steady MySpace Page

(Jonathan Graef)

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