Alt-J Books North American Tour

There’s lots of stuff happening this week in the world of Alt-J, including the reveal of the band’s new website, a new music video, and dates for a North American fall tour.

Joe Newman of Alt-J
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– Joe Newman of Alt-J
Chastain Park Amphitheatre, Atlanta, Ga.

Relaxer is due out June 9 as the follow-up to Alt-J’s sophomore effort, 2014’s This Is All Yours. The English indie rock band released the video for the track “3WW” on Thursday.

“Hello friends. It’s video time,” Alt-J posted on Facebook. “We are very excited to show you this collaboration with Young Replicant. It’s a beautifully shot story of love and loss in the mountains of Mexico, full of talented actors and nasty vultures. We hope you enjoy it. Gus, Joe, and Thom.” 

NPR’s Bob Boilen is a big fan of the band and the new tune. He writes, “The song twists and turns with ambient outdoor sounds, a soft piano and light, bottom-heavy percussion gluing it all together. The new sonic territory they’ve staked out here and the mystery in their lyrics just reminds me of why I love this band so much.”

Pre-orders for the new album are ongoing and come with instant downloads of “3WW” and “In Cold Blood.”

Ahead of the fall tour, Alt-J has a bunch of European headline dates and festival appearances. The group will also be stopping by the U.S. in July and August for a handful of shows and stops at major events like Chicago’s Lollapalooza and San Francisco’s Outside Lands Music & Arts Festival.

Here’s the fall routing:

Oct. 9 – Portland, Ore., Arlene Schnitzer Concert Hall
Oct. 12 – Seattle, Wash., WaMu Theater
Oct. 13 – Vancouver, British Columbia, UBritish Columbia Thunderbird Arena
Oct. 15 – Edmonton, Alberta, Winspear Centre
Oct. 17 – Calgary, Alberta, The Big Four Building
Oct. 20 – Saint Paul, Minn., The Roy Wilkins Auditorium
Oct. 21 – Indianapolis, Ind., Murat Theatre
Oct. 23 – Milwaukee, Wis., Riverside Theatre
Oct. 24 – Grand Rapids, Mich., 20 Monroe Live
Oct. 25 – Columbus, Ohio, Express Live!
Oct. 27 – Toronto, Ontario, Massey Hall
Nov. 3 – Raleigh, N.C., Memorial Auditorium
Nov. 4 – Asheville, N.C., Arena
Nov. 6 – Nashville, Tenn., Nashville Municipal Auditorium
Nov. 7 – Atlanta, Ga., The Coca-Cola Roxy Theatre
Nov. 10 – Miami Beach, Fla., Fillmore Miami Beach At Jackie Gleason Theater
Nov. 14 – Irving, Texas, Pavilion At The Irving Music Factory
Nov. 15 – Austin, Texas, Austin City Limits Live at The Moody Theater
Nov. 17 – Houston, Texas, White Oak Music Hall

Fans who pre-order the album will get first dibs on tickets, starting April 16. AT&T is hosting a presale that begins April 17 and Citi’s presale launches April 19. Tickets go on sale to the general public April 21.

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