Future Islands with the 'Late Show' band (via Twitter)
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While Future Islands' single "Seasons" probably would've been a hit anyway, no doubt their 2014 appearance on The Late Show with David Letterman performing the song was a career-changing moment. The Baltimore group returned to the show last night to play brand-new single, "The Chase." Frontman Samuel T. Herring dedicated the song to his hometown which has been in the news a lot this week. "This song is gonna go out to the people of Baltimore. Let us not discount their voices, or the voices of all the people in the cities that we live and love." You can watch Future Islands' performance on Letterman below.

"The Chase" was made available as a digital single immediately after the performance and features another new song, "Haunted By You," which the band recorded in Austin with Spoon's Jim Eno. Both songs will be available as a limited-edition 7" single on June 30. Check out both sides and the artwork below. Future Islands will play NYC at Governors Ball in May. Updated tour dates are listed below.

In other news, David Letterman, who retires May 20, sat down for an interview with The New York Times where he discussed, among many other things, his replacement. He says he didn't have a lot of say on the matter, but gave his thoughts on what he might have done if it were up to him:

I always thought Jon Stewart would have been a good choice. And then Stephen. And then I thought, well, maybe this will be a good opportunity to put a black person on, and it would be a good opportunity to put a woman on. Because there are certainly a lot of very funny women that have television shows everywhere. So that would have made sense to me as well.

Read the whole thing at the Times.

Future Islands tour dates, Letterman video and song streams, below...


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"The Chase" artwork
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Future Islands - 2015 Tour Dates
May 15-17 - Gulf Shores, AL @ Hangout Music Festival
May 24 - Vancouver, BC @ Malkin Bowl
June 6 - Randalls Island, NY @ Governors Ball
June 6-7 - Houston, TX @ Free Press Summer Festival
June 18 - London, UK @ Hyde Park
June 19 - Scheessel, DE @ Hurricane Festival
June 20 - Neuhausen ob Eck, DE @ Southside Festival
June 21 - Hilvarenbeek, NL @ Best Kept Secret
June 22 - Zagreb, HR @ INMusic Festival
June 23 - Lausanne, CH @ Les Docks
June 26 - St. Gallen, CH @ Open Air Festival
June 27 - Chemnitz, DE @ Kosmonaut Festival
June 24-28 - Pilton, UK @ Glastonbury Festival
July 9 - Bilbao, ES @ BBK Live
July 14 - Ottawa, ON @ Ottawa Bluesfest
July 17-19 - Chicago, IL @ Pitchfork Music Festival
July 24-26 - Oro-Medonte, ON @ Way Home Festival
July 31 - Des Moines, IA @ Hinterland Music Festival
July 31 - August 2 - Montreal, OC @ Osheaga Festival
August 1 - Des Moines, IA @ Hinterland Music Festival
August 15 - Helsinki, FI @ Flow Festival
August 16 - Copenhagen, DK - Vega - SOLD OUT
August 17 - Copenhagen, DK - Vega - SOLD OUT
September 4-6 - Larmer Tree Gardens @ End of the Road Festival
September 4-6 - Laois, IRE @ Electric Picnic
September 8 - Manchester, UK @ Academy
September 9 - Glasgow, UK @ Barrowlands
September 10 - Newcastle, UK @ 02 Academy
September 12 - Isle of Wight, UK - Besitval
September 22 - San Diego, CA @ The Observatory North Park All Ages
September 23 - San Diego, CA @ The Observatory North Park 21+
September 24 - Pomona, CA @ Fox Theater
September 25 - Oakland, CA @ Fox Theater
September 27 - Los Angeles, CA @ Hollywood Bowl