Bloc Party, Sparta and more

So just found out through Pitchfork that Bloc Party have just announced upcoming tour dates. What was interesting is that apparently lead singer Kele Okereke outed himself during an interview with The Guardian. Not a full confession but he sure does dance around the issue.It will be interesting to see how this all plays out. Not that it matters in the grand scheme of things, just hope the new album is good. Even better they also announced the openers for the jaunt and they will be the Strokes' Albert Hammond Jr., Final Fantasy, Sebastien Grangier (formerly of Death From Above 1979), the Like, and Smoosh. Where each will be, who knows, but I am sure Austin will get Albert Hammond Jr. because he is slated for SXSW. Here are the dates.

Bloc Party on tour:

03-11 Seattle, WA - Paramount Theatre
03-12 Vancouver, British Columbia - Orpheum Theatre
03-13 Portland, OR - Crystal Ballroom
03-15 Austin, TX - SXSW
03-17 San Francisco, CA - Concourse Exhibition
03-19 Los Angeles, CA - Wiltern Theatre
03-20 Los Angeles, CA - Wiltern Theatre
03-23 Chicago, IL - Congress Theatre
03-24 Detroit, MI - Royal Oak Theatre
03-25 Toronto, Ontario - Kool Haus
03-27 Montreal, Ontario - Metropolis
03-28 Boston, MA - Orpheum Theatre
03-30 New York, NY - United Palace Theatre
03-31 New York, NY - United Palace Theatre

Also on tour in the next few weeks Sparta just announced some dates. I am going to check out the one in San Antonio. Here are those as well.

Tour Dates:

Jan 27: ASCAP Music Cafe @ Sundance Film Festival - The Star Bar (open to festival credential holders)w/ mewithoutYou & Aloha
Feb 22: Omaha, NE @ Sokol Underground
Feb 23: Iowa City, IA @ Picador
Feb 24: Springfield, MO @ Remingtons Downtown
Feb 25: Dallas, TX @ Gypsy Ballroom
Feb 27: Houston, TX @ Meridian
Feb 28: San Antonio, TX @ White Rabbit
Mar 2: Jacksonville, FL @ Freebird Live
Mar 3: Gainesville, FL @ Common Grounds
Mar 4: Columbia, SC @ New Brookland Tavern
Mar 5: Athens, GA @ 40 Watt Club
Mar 6: Wilmington, NC @ Soapbox
Mar 7: Charlotte, NC @ Tremont Music Hall
Mar 9: Philadelphia, PA @ Trocadero Theatre
Mar 10: New Haven, CT @ Toads Place
Mar 11: Brooklyn, NY @ Warsaw
Mar 12: Albany, NY @ Revolution Hall
Mar 13: Cambridge, MA @ Middle East
Mar 14: Baltimore, MD @ Sonar
Mar 16: Pittsburgh, PA @ Mr Smalls
Mar 17: Covington, KY @ Mad Hatter
Mar 18: Nashville, TN @ Rocketown
Mar 19: St Louis, MO @ Pops