Drouble Cross

Sloan's tenth album, The Double Cross, is out May 10 on Yep Roc and the veteran Canadian band have just announced a big North American summer tour, including two shows in the NYC area: June 29 at Bowery Ballroom (on-sale Fri 4/29 at noon) and June 30 at Knitting Factory (on-sale Fri 4/29 at 10AM).

The Double Cross, a punny reference to the band's 20th anniversary (XX), is a particularly strong album in the band's solid cannon. Fans of their late '90s records should be happy in particular. Most songs segue into one another, songs get reprised later in the record and there is more cross-polination between band members on this record than any since 1999's Between the Bridges. Chris Murphy sings on Jay's songs and vice versa, and Chris shows up for a verse on Andrew's "She's Slowing Down Again," which sounds like it could've been on Navy Blues. And Patrick contributes one of his best stompers in ages, "Unkind," complete with guitar harmonies right out of the Tom Scholz's Guide to Soloing.

Take this with a small grain of salt, you're reading a post by a Sloan superfan. As someone who grumbled at Pretty Together and, especially, Action Pact, I can safely say if you like Sloan you're really gonna like The Double Cross. And if you've never seen them in concert, Sloan are truly one of my favorite live bands ever. They always tend to play somewhere new in NYC each time, looking forward to seeing them at Knitting Factory.

All Sloan tour dates, plus an EPK for The Double Cross, are below.

Drouble Cross
Drouble Cross

Sloan - The Double Cross EPK

Sloan - 2011 Tour Dates
May 25 Cleveland, OH at Grogshop
May 26 Chicago, IL at Subterranean
May 27 Minneapolis, MN at 400 Bar
May 28 Winnipeg, MB at The Pyramid
May 29 Saskatoon, SK at Louis' Pub
May 31 Edmonton, AB at Starlite
June 1 Calgary, AB at Republic
June 2 Penticton, BC at Barking Parrot
June 3 Vancouver, BC at Commodore Ballroom
June 4 Seattle, WA at Tractor Tavern
June 5 Portland, OR at Doug Fir
June 7 San Francisco, CA at Café Du Nord
June 8 Los Angeles, CA at Bootleg Theatre
June 11 Milton, ON at Milton Rocks Festival
June 22 Toronto, ON at Mod Club
June 24 Philadelphia, at Kung Fu Necktie
June 25 Baltimore, MD at Ottobar
June 27 Vienna, VA at Jammin'Java
June 28 Cambridge, MA at TT The Bear's
June 29 New York, NY at Bowery Ballroom
June 30 Brooklyn, NY at Knitting Factory
July 1 Kanata, ON at Kanata Canada Day Celebration (Festival)
July 21 Meaford, ON at Meaford Hall
July 22 Belleville, ON at Empire Square Live (w/ Stone Temple Pilots)
July 23 London, ON at Rock The Park Festival
July 29 Barrie, ON at Kempenfest (Festival)
July 31 Kenora, ON at Harbourfest (Festival)
Aug 6 Chatham, ON at Rockstock (Festival)

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