Hold Steady 'Positive' about first single

'Sequestered in Memphis' will be on iTunes

NEW YORK -- The Hold Steady has chosen "Sequestered in Memphis" as the first single from its next album, "Stay Positive." As previously reported, the Brooklyn rockers' fourth record is due July 15 via Vagrant. "Sequestered" will be available Tuesday via iTunes.

Of the new material, lead singer Craig Finn recently said that he was "influenced a lot about getting old. There's less party talk. I don't think anything is a radical departure, but there are things that I wanted to talk about. I was influenced a lot (by) getting old, and attempting to age gracefully. The idea is to not wake up washed up. You want to keep progressing, intellectually."

In the past few years, the Hold Steady has built a steady following on the road, playing hundreds of dates per calendar year. In June, East Coast fans will get a chance to see a few warm-up gigs, before the band's proper tour begins July 17 in Cleveland.

Here are the Hold Steady's tour dates:

June 8: Chula Vista, Calif. (Devore Stadium)
June 27: Baltimore (Rams Head Live!)
June 28: Philadelphia (Festival Pier)
June 29: Brooklyn, N.Y. (McCarren Pool)
July 17: Cleveland (Beachland Ballroom)
July 18: Pontiac, Mich. (Crofoot Ballroom)
July 19: Chicago (Pitchfork Festival)
July 21: Madison, Wis. (Majestic Theatre)
July 22: Minneapolis (First Avenue)
July 23: Fargo, N.D. (Fargo Theatre)
July 26: Seattle (Capitol Hill Block Party)
July 27: Portland, Ore. (Crystal Ballroom)
July 29: San Francisco (Mezzanine)
July 30: Los Angeles (Avalon)
Aug. 2: Tuscon, Ariz. (Rialto Theatre)
Aug. 3: El Paso, Texas (Club 101)
Aug. 5: Dallas (Palladium)
Aug. 6: Austin, Texas (La Zona Rosa)
Aug. 8: Oxford, Miss. (Proud Larry's)
Aug. 9: Athens, Ga. (40 Watt Club)
Aug. 10: Charleston, S.C. (Pourhouse)
Aug. 12: Carrborro, N.C. (Cat's Cradle)
Aug. 13: Norfolk, Va. (The Norva)