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tours announced: Jason Isbell, WWPJ, Have Heart, Nickel Creek, Knife Knights, more

There's No Leaving New York at Forest Hills Stadium - Saturday
Jason Isbell at Forest Hills Stadium in 2018 (more by Amanda Hatfield)

The following new tours were announced. Check the Tour Dates category every day for more.

JASON ISBELL

One of the best rock bands playing music today, Jason Isbell & The 400 Unit will head out on a tour with Father John Misty in June (Brooklyn included), but they also have plenty of shows scheduled before and after, including two nights at Iroquois Amphitheater in Louisville, KY (night 2 is sold out, but tickets for night 1 are still available). He’s also already got dates for next year, playing a special acoustic show at Walt Disney Concert Hall in LA in January 2020. All dates at JI’s site.

WE WERE PROMISED JETPACKS

Scottish post-punks We Were Promised Jetpacks are celebrating the 10th anniversary of their excellent 2009 debut LP These Four Walls, and they’ve just revealed a 2019 tour behind the milestone, which hits tons of US cities in July. The tour kicks off in Cambridge, before other shows in Philly, San Francisco, LA, Phoenix, Seattle, Washington D.C., Chicago, and many others, before a final stop at Brooklyn’s Music Hall of Williamsburg on 7/31. Tickets to all dates go on sale Friday (3/8). You can head here for all dates, and revisit “Quiet Little Voices” off These Four Walls below.

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SHAKEY GRAVES / LORD HURON / JULIA JACKLIN

Shakey Graves and Lord Huron have added more West Coast dates to their previously announced tour together, with the opening slot going to Julia Jacklin, who just released her very good sophomore album Crushing. Meanwhile, Shakey Graves have a tour with Dr. Dog that includes two big NYC shows; Lord Huron are playing NYC’s Governors Ball in May; and Julia Jacklin is touring with Black Belt Eagle Scout, including an NYC show at Bowery Ballroom.

STRAY CATS

Celebrating their 40th anniversary, rockabilly vets Stray Cats have just announced their first U.S. tour in a decade.

THE DAMNED THINGS

Hard rock supergroup The Damned Things recently welcomed Alkaline Trio’s Dan Andriano to their lineup (joining vocalist Keith Buckley of Every Time I Die, Anthrax’s Scott Ian, and Fall Out Boy’s Joe Trohman & Andy Hurley), and they’re releasing their first album since their 2010 debut, High Crimes, on April 26 via Nuclear Blast. The band recently announced an NYC date at Brooklyn Bazaar on 5/7, with support from Pennsylvania-based band Crobot and another “special guest” TBA. Tickets to that show go on sale Friday (3/8). They also have a pair of upcoming festival shows in May, which includes appearances at Jacksonville’s Welcome to Rockville fest and Rockingham, NC’s Epicenter Festival. Check here for all upcoming dates, and watch the video for their newest single “Cells” below.

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HAVE HEART

Massachusetts hardcore band Have Heart recently announced their first tour dates in nearly a decade, including a hometown Boston show, and a stop at LA’s Sound and Fury festival (both in July). The band have just announced even more shows, including a second Boston show at The Palladium Outdoors on 7/6 (with feat. Down To Nothing, Shipwreck, Vein, Ammunation), and other dates in Germany and Leeds, UK. According to the band’s website, these will be the band’s only dates for quite a while, stating “no more [dates] will be added.” Head here for all those dates.

VIOLENT FEMMES / BEN FOLDS

Violent Femmes are going to be quite busy later this year, as they’re going to embark on a previously announced tour with onetime Slash Records labelmates (and L.A. punk legends) X this spring, and they’ve just added lots more dates with Ben Folds, who they were already playing with at NYC’s Pier 17 on 8/1. This includes some new East Coast dates in Asbury Park, NJ (Stone Pony Summer Stage on 8/2), Washington D.C., Boston, Pittsburgh, Minneapolis, Des Moines, Indianapolis, and tons more. Tickets to these new dates go on sale Friday (3/8), with presales beginning Tuesday (3/5). All dates can be found here.

NICKEL CREEK

Nickel Creek, the progressive folk trio fronted by current NPR personality Chris Thile, will be playing a sold out NYC date at Carnegie Hall on 5/8 (with Chris’ other band The Punch Brothers opening), but before then, they’ll be playing a pair of shows at Brooklyn’s Music Hall of Williamsburg on May 6 & 7. Madison Cunningham has been tapped to open both dates, and tickets to these shows go on sale Friday (3/8) with a fan presale beginning Tuesday (3/5). These are Nickel Creek’s only upcoming dates at the moment.

DEERHOOF

Deerhoof, just wrapped a tour and will be back on the road in April.

KNIFE KNIGHTS / LANDO CHILL

Recently-formed rap duo Knife Knights, consisting of Shabazz Palaces/Digable Planets member Ishmael “Butterfly” Butler and producer/collaborator Eric Blood, announced their first-ever North American tour dates behind this year’s 1 Time Mirage. The tour begins in Tacoma, WA in April, before hitting other cities like Brooklyn (Knitting Factory on 5/10), Columbus, Austin, LA, Dallas, Chicago, Milwaukee, and many others, with rising Chicago rapper Lando Chill opening all May dates. Check here for the full list of dates, and watch the duo’s animated, psychedelic video for “My Dreams Never Sleep” below.

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BETH GIBBONS (PORTISHEAD) FILM SCREENINGS

Back in January, Portishead’s Beth Gibbons announced she’ll be releasing a new concert film/live album Henryk Górecki: Symphony No. 3 (Symphony of Sorrowful Songs), a documenting Beth’s performance with the Polish National Radio Symphony Orchestra which took place in 2014. She’s revealed several screenings of the film in London (which sold out), and has added many more. Most of these new dates are throughout Europe, but there’ll be a pair of US dates at Brooklyn’s BAM on 4/1 (early and late shows). Tickets for the BAM screenings are on sale now, and you can view the list of all upcoming screenings here.

MORRISSEY

Morrissey will be celebrating his new covers album with a seven-show Broadway run in April. We hope his understudy is ready.

THE MOUNTAIN GOATS

The Mountain Goats will be on tour for their new album In League with Dragons in April, and have just announced more summer dates.

SARAH MCLACHLAN

Veteran singer/songwriter and Lilith Fair founder Sarah Mclachlan has a bunch of upcoming North American shows later this year; first, she’s got a three-night run at Las Vegas’ Wynn from April 24-27, before some summer dates in Queens (Forest Hills Stadium on 8/2), Philly, Toronto, Rochester Hills, Huber Heights, and more. Tickets to these summer dates go on sale Friday (3/8). All dates here.

TALIB KWELI

Talib Kweli will be playing a few dates with Yasiin Bey as Black Star later this year, including sets at Boston Calling and Soundset, but he’s also got a few headlining solo dates as well. This includes a full-band NYC show at Brooklyn Bowl on 5/1 (with NIKO IS, K’Valentine, Jessica Care Moore and others TBA), and other dates in Grand Rapids, Albuquerque, and Chillicothe, IL (Summer Camp Festival), and several European dates in April and July. Find all dates listed here.

POWER TRIP / RED DEATH

Washington DC-based metal band Red Death are teasing the release of their third LP (no official announcement yet), but the band has announced a new batch of US dates in April, with most shows featuring past tourmates Power Trip. Stops include St. Louis, Chicago, Louisville, Oklahoma City, Des Moines, Kansas City, Nashville, and others. All dates can be found here.

ALICE COOPER

The legendary Alice Cooper announced a summer tour featuring “a very different look than recent tours,” and new music. Halestorm coheadline, and Motionless In White open.

HOLLYWOOD VAMPIRES

Speaking of Alice Cooper, he also joins hard rock supergroup Hollywood Vampires (which also includes Johnny Depp and Aerosmith’s Joe Perry) for a run of West Coast tour dates in May, including stops in Las Vegas, Los Angeles, San Francisco, Denver, and more. See all dates here.

THE WORLD/INFERNO FRIENDSHIP SOCIETY

Long-running Brooklyn cabaret punks The World/Inferno Friendship Society continue to be active in 2019. They have some East Coast tour dates scheduled through the spring, including Brooklyn, Providence, RI and Stanhope, NJ, and they’ve added another NYC show at Mercury Lounge on April 30, part of the venue’s 25th anniversary celebration. Tickets go on sale Friday 3/8 at noon, with a Citi cardmember presale starting Tuesday 3/5 at 10 AM. Head here for all of World/Inferno’s upcoming tour dates.

THE SMASHING PUMPKINS / NOEL GALLAGHER’S HIGH FLYING BIRDS / AFI

This triple bill of rock nostalgia is hitting amphitheaters around the US and Canada this summer.

SLIPKNOT / VOLBEAT / GOJIRA / BEHEMOTH

Nu metal giants Slipknot are taking some pretty great openers on tour, including Gojira and Behemoth. Their new album will be out in August.

SICK OF IT ALL / SNAPCASE / SLAPSHOT / LA ARMADA / etc

NYHC legends Sick Of It All announced a Northeast/Midwest tour. All dates are with La Armada opening, and there are also other acts varying by date. NYC gets Snapcase and Slapshot, and tickets for that one go on BrooklynVegan presale this Wednesday.

PHONY PPL

Genre-defying NYC band Phony Ppl began a Blue Note residency this past Saturday and they have eight remaining shows in it. They also play soon-to-open NYC space The Shed, and SXSW.

Browse our Tour Dates category for even more tours you may have missed.

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