Tinariwen will be playing a series of North American dates this February and March. That includes the previously mentioned NYC shows at Highline Ballroom on February 18th and the Bell House on February 19th. Tickets are still on sale for both. Opening those two shows will be L.A. afro-pop band and all around good time, Fool's Gold.

Fool's Gold were last here when they toured with Edward Sharpe & The Magnetic Zeros and Local Natives in November (a pair of NYC shows), and it was CMJ the month before that when I think they made their NYC debut.

It's freezing outside right now, but this next announcement reminds me that summer is not that far away. Tinariwen have also announced that they'll play a June 26th show at Central Park Summerstage. That's the second official announcement for the outdoor venue's 2010 season. The first was the long--in-advance notice of the upcoming post-summer Pavement shows.

In somewhat related news, Passion Pit and Tokyo Police Club are playing the Prospect Park Bandshell on Tuesday, June 29th. Tickets are on presale now (with general sale starting on Saturday). Allen Toussaint may also be another artist appearing in Prospect Park this summer (6/12).

All Tinariwen and Fool's Gold tour dates and videos for both are below...

Fool's Gold - "Surprise Hotel"

Tinariwen Festival of the Desert 2010 Timbuktu Mali

Tinariwen - 2010 Tour Dates
Feb 15 University of North Carolina Chapel Hill NC
Feb 16 Wexner Center for the Arts Columbus OH
Feb 18 Highline Ballroom New York NY @
Feb 19 The Bell House Brooklyn NY @
Feb 20 UCLA Los Angeles CA
Feb 21 San Francisco Jazz Festival San Francisco CA
Feb 23 Triple Door Seattle WA
Feb 25 Orpheum Vancouver Canada
Feb 27 Old Town School of Folk Music Chicago IL
Mar 04 The Phoenix Toronto Canada
Mar 05 Club Soda Montreal Canada
Mar 06 Palais Montcalm Quebec Canada
Jun 26 Central Park Summerstage New York NY
@ w/ Fool's Gold

Fool's Gold - 2010 Tour Dates
Jan 26 WHITE HEAT @ Madam Jo Jo's London
Jan 28 Point Ephemere Paris, Ile-de-France
Jan 29 Astrolabe Orleans
Jan 30 6par4 Laval
Feb 18 Highline Ballroom New York, New York #
Feb 19 The Bellhouse Brooklyn, New York #
# w/ Tinariwen

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