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Bloc Party Prepares For U.S. Invasion

U.K. rock outfit Bloc Party will begin its most extensive North American tour Feb. 20 in New York.

U.K. rock outfit Bloc Party will begin its most extensive North American tour Feb. 20 in New York. Dates are on tap through April 9 in Washington, D.C., but the group will return later in the month for a previously announced appearance at the Coachella Valley Music & Arts Festival in Indio, Calif.

Bloc Party will be touring in support of its debut album, "Silent Alarm," which will be released March 22 via Vice. A single from the set, "So Here We Are," was released on CD, DVD and 7-inch vinyl earlier this week in the United Kingdom.

Produced by the band with Paul Epworth (Futureheads, Wyclef Jean), the 14-track album seems primed to attract the kind of listener enamored with the '80s-influenced rock purveyed by Franz Ferdinand, Hot Hot Heat and the Killers, with whom Bloc Party is currently touring in the United Kingdom.

Highlights include the dark, dynamic opener "Like Eating Glass," the wistful love song "Blue Light," the Duran Duran-style dance pop of "She's Hearing Voices" and maddeningly catchy tracks like "Little Thoughts" and "Banquet," the latter of which was the lead track of the band's 2004 self-titled EP.

Bloc Party frontman Kele Okereke can also be heard guesting on the track "Believe" from the new Chemical Brothers album, "Push the Button," released last week by Astralwerks.

Here are Bloc Party's North American tour dates:

Feb. 20: New York (Roxy)
Feb. 22: New York (Happy Ending)
March date TBA: Austin, Texas (South by Southwest Music Festival)
March 21: Pomona, Calif. (Glass House)
March 22: Los Angeles (Troubadour)
March 23: San Francisco (Bottom of the Hill)
March 24: San Francisco (Pop Scene)
March 26: Seattle (Neumo's)
March 27: Vancouver (Richard's on Richards)
March 30: Minneapolis (First Avenue)
March 31: Chicago (Metro)
April 1: Detroit (Magic Stick)
April 2: Toronto (Lee's Palace)
April 3: Montreal (Cabaret)
April 5: Boston (Paradise)
April 6: Philadelphia (First Unitarian Church)
April 7-8: New York (Bowery Ballroom)
April 9: Washington, D.C. (Black Cat)
April 30: Indio, Calif. (Coachella Valley Music & Arts Festival)