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Kaiser Chiefs to Headline NME’s First-Ever U.S. Tour

British rock rag plans to showcase U.K. bands next spring via national tour, SXSW showcase.

Known for breaking bands in the U.K., NME will make an Atlantic leap this spring by presenting a tour of British acts, headlined by Kaiser Chiefs. “NME is the first place any new band wants to see their name in print,” said the Kaiser Chiefs’ Ricky Wilson in a statement. “The influence it has on the British music scene is immense and it’s time to spread that to the U.S.”

The tour kicks off April 13 at New York City’s Roseland Ballroom before traveling to Toronto, Chicago, and San Francisco. More dates will be announced in January. NME hopes to continue to assist U.K. bands making a bid for U.S. success with a U.K. talent showcase at this year’s South by Southwest festival in Austin, Texas. Kaiser Chiefs’ second album should be on U.S. shelves in early March.

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