Fleet Foxes announce new album and tour dates

On January 31, US folk pop band Fleet Foxes announced the release of their second album, Helplessness Blues, and a list of tour dates this spring in Europe and North America. The album's first single is available as a free download now.

The harmonizing quintet's follow-up to their 2008 self-titled debut is set to drop on May 2 in the UK and May 3 in the US via Sub Pop Records. Three days before the album's release, the band will launch a North American tour in Vancouver, followed by 14 shows in the US, then head to Berlin on May 25 for a string of shows in Europe. The first round of tickets goes on sale on February 4.

Fleet Foxes' announced tour dates:

April 30 - Vancouver, B.C. (The Vogue Theatre)
May 1 - Portland, Ore. (Crystal Ballroom)
May 3 - Seattle, Wa.  (Moore Theatre)
May 5 - Oakland, Calif. (Fox Theater)
May 6 - San Diego, Calif. (Spreckels Theatre)
May 7 - Hollywood Calif. (Hollywood Palladium)
May 8 - Tucson, Ariz. (Rialto Theatre)
May 10 - Austin, Texas (Stubbs Waller Creek Amphitheater)
May 11 - Dallas, Texas (Palladium Ballroom)
May 13 - Nashville, Tenn. (Ryman Auditorium)
May 14 - Atlanta, Ga. (The Tabernacle)
May 15 - Washington, D.C. (DAR Constitution Hall)
May 17 - Boston, Mass. (Orpheum Theatre)
May 18 - New York N.Y. (The United Palace Theatre)
May 21 - Upper Darby, Pa. (Tower Theatre)
May 25 - Berlin, Germany (Astra)
May 26 - Munich, Germany (Dachau Summer of Music)
May 30 - Paris, France (Bataclan)
May 31 - London, U.K. (Hammersmith Apollo)

Fleet Foxes, based in Seattle, received critical praise for their debut album, which peaked at number three on UK album charts. The album is cited as one of the best albums of 2008 by magazines Rolling Stone, Billboard, Paste, Spin, and Q.


Read an interview with the band about the album's progress: http://pitchfork.com/news/37282-fleet-foxes-robin-pecknold-talks-next-album-side-projects-creative-struggle/

Watch Fleet Foxes' clip for "White Winter Hymnal": http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DrQRS40OKNE