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Tour Alert: The Black Keys Kick Off Second Leg of American Tour

Build to Spill, Sinead O'Connor also hit the road

January 9, 2012 5:45 PM ET

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Patrick Carney and Dan Auerbach of the Black Keys perform during the 22nd Annual KROQ Almost Acoustic Christmas concert in Universal City, California.
Jeff Kravitz/FilmMagic

The Black Keys
The Black Keys are heading on the road for the second leg of their North American tour in April with special guests the Arctic Monkeys.

4/25 Austin, TX - Frank Erwin Center
4/27 St. Louis, MO - Chaifetz Arena
4/28 Tulsa, OK - BOK Center
4/30 Denver, CO - 1st Bank Center
5/2 Salt Lake City, UT - Maverick Center
5/4 Oakland, CA - Oracle Arena
5/5 Sacramento, CA - Power Balance Arena
5/7 Portland, OR - Rose Garden
5/8 Seattle, WA - Key Arena
5/9 Vancouver, BC - Rodgers Arena
5/11 Calgary, AB - Saddledome
5/12 Edmonton, AB - Rexall
5/14 Winnipeg, MB - MTS Centre
5/15 Minneapolis, MN - Target Center
5/16 Milwaukee, WI - Bradley Center 

Built to Spill
Built to Spill
have confirmed their first tour dates for the new year in support of their current Warner Bros. Records album, There Is No Enemy.

2/23 San Francisco, CA - The Fillmore
2/24 Visalia, CA - Visalia Fox Theatre
2/25 Napa, CA - Uptown Theatre
3/8 Baton Rouge, LA - Spanish Moon
3/9 New Orleans, LA - One Eyed Jacks
3/11 Denton, TX - Denton 35 Festival
3/12 Houston, TX - Fitzgerald's

Rise Against
Rise Against announce the second leg of their spring 2012 tour as their new single, "Satellite," climbs the alternative radio charts.

1/17 Austin, TX - Austin Music Hall
1/18 San Antonio, TX - Illusion Theater
1/19 New Orleans, LA - House of Blues
1/21 Orlando, FL - UCF Arena
1/22 Columbia, SC - Township Auditorium
1/24 Norfolk, VA - Old Dominion University
1/26 Kent, OH - Kent State University
1/27 Chicago, IL - UIC Pavilion
1/29 State College, PA -  Penn State
1/30 Poughkeepsie, NY - Mid Hudson Civic Center
2/1 Lowell, MA - Paul E. Tsongas Arena
2/3 Uniondale, NY - Nassau Coliseum (with Glassjaw)
2/4 Camden, NJ - Susquehanna Bank Center
2/5 Fairfax, VA -  Patriot Center
4/15 San Diego, CA - Viejas Arena
4/16 Bakersfield, CA - Rabobank Theater
4/17 San Jose, CA - Event Center at SJSU
4/19 Kent, WA - ShoWare Center
4/20 Boise, ID - Century Link Arena
4/21 Salt Lake City - UT Saltair
4/23 Rio Rancho, NM - Santa Ana Star Center
4/26 Birmingham, AL - Verizon Wireless Music Center
4/27 St. Augustine, FL - St. Augustine Amphitheatre
4/28 Boca Raton, FL - Sunset Grove Amphitheater
4/30 Tampa, FL - Green Iguana Stadium
5/1 Atlanta, GA - Masquerade Music Park
5/2 Charlotte, NC - Time Warner Cable Uptown
5/4 Indianapolis, IN - The Lawn at White River State Park
5/5 Cincinnati, OH - PNC Pavilion at Riverbend Music
5/6 Pittsburgh, PA - Trib Total Media Amphitheatre
5/8 Syracuse, NY - New York State Fairgrounds
5/10 Toronto, ON - Air Canada Centre

Andrew Bird
Following his highly praised 2009 release Noble Beast, Andrew Bird will soon begin touring for his much-anticipated twelfth studio album, Break It Yourself, which is due on March 6th.

1/12 Honolulu, HI - Hawaii Theatre
3/15 Dallas, TX - Majestic Theatre*
3/16 New Orleans, LA - The Howlin' Wolf*
3/17 Atlanta, GA - Tabernacle*
3/19 Nashville, TN - Ryman Auditorium*
3/20 Columbus, OH - Southern Theatre*
3/22 St. Louis, MO - The Pageant*
3/23 Kansas City MO - The Uptown Theater*
3/24 Milwaukee, WI - Riverside Theater*
4/9 Seattle, WA - Paramount Theatre†
4/10 Vancouver, BC - The Vogue†
4/11 Portland, OR - Arlene Schnitzer Concert Hall†
4/13 Oakland, CA - Fox Theater†
4/18 Mesa, AZ - Ikeda Theater at Mesa Arts Center†
4/19 Santa Fe, NM - Lensic Performing Arts Center†
4/20 Tucson, AZ - Rialto Theater†
5/3 Philadelphia, PA - Union Transfer‡
5/4 New York, NY - Beacon Theatre‡
5/5 New York, NY - Beacon Theatre§
5/6 Boston, MA - House of Blues‡
5/8 Washington, DC - 9:30 Club‡
5/9 Baltimore, MD - Ramshead Live‡
5/10 Detroit, MI - The Fillmore Detroit**
5/12 Chicago, IL - Auditorium Theatre**
* with Eugene Mirman
† with Laura Marling
‡ with Patrick Watson
§ with Tift Merritt
** with Mucca Pazza

Johnny Winter
Johnny Winter, "one of the world's premiere electric guitarists" (The New Yorker), prepares to kick off his 2012 tour by doing something he hasn't done in 30 years: appear on television. Winter and his band will play a set on the Late Show with David Letterman on January 12th before hitting the road for six months.

1/10 New York, NY - BB King’s Blues Club
1/14 Albany, NY - Empire State Plaza
1/15 Morgantown, WV - Mountain Stage
1/20 New Haven, CT - Toad’s Place
1/21 Plymouth, NH - Flying Monkey
1/24 New York, NY - BB King’s
1/27 Shirley, MA - Bull Run
1/28 South Burlington, VT -  Higher Ground
2/2 Dallas, TX - Granada Theater
2/3 Houston, TX - Warehouse Live
2/12 Piedmont, NY - Turning Point
2/23 – 3/18 Europe
3/31 Woodstock, NY - Bearsville Theater
4/7 Londonderry, NH - Tupelo Music Hall
4/14 Baton Rouge, LA - Baton Rouge Blues Festival
5/15 Napa, CA - Napa Valley Opera House
5/19 Dana Point, CA - Doheny Blues Festival
5/29 Japan
6/10 Hughesville, PA - Billtown Blues Festival
6/20 Carrboro, NC - The Arts Center
6/21 Virginia Beach, VA - Jewish Mother
6/22 Alexandria, VA - Birchmere
6/23 Colonial Beach, VA - High Tides

Sinead O'Connor
Irish singer-songwriter Sinead O’Connor is heading stateside this February for several shows with her new five-piece band in Los Angeles and New York City to support her latest album, How About I Be Me (And You Be You)?, out February 21th via One Little Indian/MRI.

2/20 Los Angeles, CA - Hollywood Cemetery
2/21 Los Angeles, CA - Hollywood Cemetery
2/23 New York, NY - Highline Ballroom
2/24 New York, NY - Highline Ballroom

Delta Spirit
Fresh off a successful December run with My Morning Jacket, Delta Spirit will begin a 30-date tour on March 19th in Little Rock, Arkansas.

3/19 Little Rock, AR - Revolution Music Room
3/20 St. Louis, MO - The Old Rock House
3/ 21 Minneapolis, MN - First Line Music Café
3/22 Milwaukee, WI - Turner Hall
3/23  Chicago, IL - the Metro
3/24 Indianapolis, IN - Radio Radio
3/26 Cleveland, OH - Beachland Ballroom & Tavern
3/27 Boston, MA - Paradise Rock Club
3/29 New York, NY - Webster Hall
3/30 Philadelphia, PA - Union Transfer
3/31 Washington, DC - 9:30 Club
4/2 Charlottesville, VA - Jefferson Theater
4/3 Carrboro, NC - Cat¹s Cradle
4/4 Asheville, NC - Greg Eagle Tavern & Music Hall
4/ 6 Nashville, TN - Cannery Ballroom
4/7 Atlanta, GA - The Masquerade-Hell Stage
4/9 Birmingham, AL - WorkPlay Theater
4/10 New Orleans, LA - One Eyed Jacks
4/12 Houston, TX - Fitzgerald¹s-Upstairs
4/13 Austin, TX - Emo¹s East
4/14 Dallas, TX - Granada Theatre
4/30 Salt Lake City, UT - Urban Lounge
5/1 Boulder, CO - Fox Theatre
5/2 Boise, ID - The Nurolux
5/4 Seattle, WA - Neumo¹s
5/5 Portland, OR - Wonder Ballroom
5/6 Vancouver, BC - Electric Owl
5/8 Sacramento, CA - Ace of Spades
5/10 San Francisco, CA - Fillmore
5/11 Los Angeles, CA - The Music Box at Fonda

* WATERS to support Delta Spirit on all dates.

Fanfarlo
UK-based Fanfarlo will soon tour much of North America – including multiple appearances at Austin's South by Southwest Conference – in celebration of their new album, Rooms Filled with Light.

3/5 Boston, MA - Paradise Rock Club
3/6 New York, NY - Webster Hall
3/7 Washington, DC - U Street Music Hall
3/8 Philadelphia, PA - Union Transfer
3/9 Chapel Hill, NC - Cat's Cradle
3/10 - Atlanta, GA - Vinyl
3/13 Houston, TX - Fitzgerald's
3/14 Dallas, TX - The Loft
3/15-18 Austin, TX - South by Southwest Music & Media Conference
3/19 St. Louis, MO - Blueberry Hill
3/20 Nashville, TN - Mercy Lounge
3/22 Louisville, KY - Zanzabar
3/23 Ann Arbor, MI - The Blind Pig
3/24 Toronto, ON - Mod Club
3/25 Pittsburgh, PA - Mr. Smalls
3/27 Columbus, OH - Skully's
3/28 Chicago, IL - Lincoln Hall
3/29 Madison, WI - High Noon Saloon
3/31 Minneapolis, MN - Varsity Theatre
4/1 Kansas City, MO - Record Bar
4/3 Denver, CO - Bluebird
4/5 Salt Lake City, UT - Urban Lounge
4/6 Boise, ID - Neurolux
4/7 Portland, OR - Doug Fir Lounge
4/9 Vancouver, BC - The Biltmore
4/10 Seattle, WA - Crocodile Café
4/17 San Francisco, CA - Slim's

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