Stars announce new record, North American tour, free download


As fans of the blog probably already know, I’m a big fan of the Montréal-by-way-of-Toronto indie-pop band Stars. Naturally, I was pretty excited when I heard about their forthcoming album The North, which will be released on September 4.

I was even more excited when I found out about their special way of promoting the new record. Between September 20 and November 24, they’ll be touring North America to support the album. Tickets for all of those shows will go on sale tomorrow, July 13. All fans who buy an advance ticket to a US show will get a “free” download of The North.

Here are the North American 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

You’ll be able to buy tickets from, or from the respective venue website.

Canadian fans should note that their shows are on the same bill with Metric, and that the “free” download isn’t available for Canadian shows. European, Australian and Asian fans will have to wait for the world tour details to develop.

I’ve only seen Stars play once before. Two years ago, in support of the Five Ghosts album. It was a fun show, but unforeseen circumstances led me to leave the show early. I’ll be going to the Carrboro show, and I’ll stay for the whole show this time. Look for me in the bloggers’ corner, where I’ll be handing out This is That Song teeshirts, keyfobs, beer coozies and fridge magnets.

You can get a sneak preview of The North by grabbing the free download of the song “The Theory of Relativity” here.

You can listen before you download right here:

It wasn’t exactly what I was expecting, but I really like it. It’s a little more electro than I’m used to, especially in the very beginning. It caught me a little off guard, but I really love the mid-80s bassy synth. It’s like Berlin’s “The Metro” or The Human League’s “Don’t You Want Me, Baby”. After getting a little past that, I like how much fun it is. It’s bright and crisp. And fun. And I keep liking it more with each repeated listen.

Click the cover art below for album details.

About dlee

North Carolina born and bred. I'm a restaurant guy who spends free time listening to music, watching hockey and playing Scrabble. I have a bachelor's degree in political science and I will most likely never put it to use. View all posts by dlee

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