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Stars - The North (new album / stream)

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Monday, Jul 23, 2012
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Stars' latest album releases early in September and they have a big North American tour plotted out in support of the record.

Stars
The North
(ATO)
Release date: 4 September


Stars’ latest album releases early in September and they have a big North American tour plotted out in support of the record. Beginning in Maine and ending, most naturally, in Toronto, the band will be busy until late into the fall. Interestingly, they are basically giving the album away to fans who buy tickets for any of their headlining shows in the US. Those folks will receive a free digital download of The North. The full roster of dates is listed below. Meanwhile, you can preview the album via these two new tracks.
  
TRACK LIST
01. The Theory of Relativity
02. Backlines
03. The North
04. Hold on When You Get Love and Let Go When You Give It
05. Through the Mines
06. Do You Want to Die Together?
07. Lights Changing Colour
08. The Loose Ends Will Make Knots
09. A Song Is a Weapon
10. Progress
11. The 400
12. Walls






TOUR DATES
9/20 - Portland, ME - Port City Music Hall ^
9/21 - Boston, MA - Paradise ^
9/22 - New York, NY - Webster Hall ^
9/23 - Washington, DC - 9:30 Club ^
9/25 - Charlottesville, VA - Jefferson Theater ^
9/26 - Carrboro, NC - Cat’s Cradle ^
9/27 - Charlotte, NC - Visulite Theatre ^
9/28 - Atlanta, GA - Variety Playhouse ^
9/29 - Nashville, TN - Mercy Lounge ^
10/2 - Louisville, KY - Headliners Music Hall ^
10/3 - Cincinnati, OH - 20th Century Theatre ^
10/4 - Indianapolis, IN - Deluxe @ Old National Centre ^
10/5 - St. Louis, MO - Plush ^
10/6 - Columbia, MO - The Blue Note ^
10/9 - Lawrence, KS - The Bottleneck ^
10/10 - Tulsa, OK - Cain’s Ballroom ^
10/11 - Little Rock, AR - Revolution Music Room ^
10/12 - Houston, TX - Fitzgerald’s Upstairs ^
10/13 - Dallas, TX - Granada Theatre ^
10/14 - Austin, TX - Austin City Limits *
10/17 - San Diego, CA - House of Blues ^
10/18 - Los Angeles, CA - Mayan Theater ^
10/19 - Santa Cruz, CA - Rio Theatre ^
10/20 - San Francisco, CA - The Fillmore ^
11/7 - Portland, OR - The Aladdin Theatre
11/8 - Seattle, WA - The Showbox
11/9 - Victoria, BC - Save on Centre # *
11/10 - Vancouver, BC - Rogers Arena # *
11/12 - Kelowna, BC - Prospera Place # *
11/14 - Calgary, AB - Stampede Corral # *
11/15 - Edmonton, AB - Rexall Place # *
11/17 - Winnipeg, MB - MTS Centre # *
11/19 - London, ON - John Labatt Centre # *
11/23 - Kingston, ON - K-Rock Centre # *
11/24 - Toronto, ON - Air Canada Centre # * 

* - ticket does not include album download
^ - Diamond Rings and California Wives opening
# - with Metric

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