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The Hold Steady Announce "Heaven Is Whenever" Tour

April 22, 2010 8:50 AM ET

To celebrate the release of their new album Heaven is Whenever (due May 4th), the Hold Steady will hit the road for gigs that stretch from Hawaii to New York. The Brooklyn-via-Twin Cities rockers launch their trek the day before Heaven arrives, capping the month with a May 29th show at Washington's Sasquatch! Festival. They'll return from Europe in early July for another jaunt through the Midwest, pausing for a bit before a big Beacon Theatre concert in New York on October 7th. If you weren't fortunate enough to pick up a pre-release vinyl copy of Heaven during Record Store Day, you can listen to the full album stream on NPR.

As Rolling Stone previously reported, the Hold Steady recently parted ways with accordionist/keyboardist Franz Nicolay, but when Rob Sheffield caught the Hold Steady's recent festive NYC homecoming doubleheader at the Bowery Ballroom and the Music Hall of Williamsburg, the band boasted a revamped lineup featuring new recruits keyboardist Dan Neustadt and guitarist Steve Selvidge.

The Hold Steady
May 3 - Los Angeles, CA @ Grammy Museum
May 4 - Solana Beach, CA @ Belly Up Tavern
May 5 - Los Angeles, CA @ El Rey
May 6 - San Francisco, CA @ The Fillmore
May 8 - Honolulu, HI @ Next Door
May 22-23 - Orlando, FL @ The Social
May 25 - Savannah, GA @ Live Wire Music Hall
May 26 - Athens, GA @ 40 Watt Club
May 27 - Atlanta, GA @ Variety Playhouse
May 29 - George, WA @ Sasquatch Festival
July 1 - Milwaukee, WI @ Summerfest
July 2 - Hayward, WI @ Lac Courte Oreilles Casino
July 3 - Minneapolis, MN @ Cabooze Outdoor Stage
July 4 - Minneapolis, MN @ First Avenue
July 6 - Omaha, NE @ Slowdown
July 7 - Denver, CO @ Ogden Theatre
July 8 - Santa Fe, NM @ Santa Fe Brewing Company
July 10 - Dallas, TX @ Granada Theater
July 11 - Memphis, TN @ Hi-Tone Cafe
July 12 - Knoxville, TN @ The Square Room
July 14 - Columbus, OH @ Newport Music Hall
July 15 - Pontiac, MI @ Crofoot Ballroom
July 16 - Toronto, ON @ Kool Haus
Oct. 7 - New York, NY @ Beacon Theatre

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