Rufus Releases Clips Of Stars, Tour Dates

Following the slip of first single “Going To A Town,” Rufus Wainwright has made available for streaming bits of two more tracks from his forthcoming album: the horn-y “Rules & Regulations,” as well as the May-released record’s title track, “Release The Stars.” Both are great — for about 90 seconds, when you get the fade-out treatment. Still well worth the listen, done by launching Rufofalo’s ecard while you admire his lederhosen.

Rufus has plans to Release The Stars all over these States and those of the European Union. Check the dates (and the album cover) after the jump.

04/22 ? Seattle, WA @ The Triple Door
04/23 ? Seattle, WA @ The Triple Door
04/25 ? San Francisco, CA @ The Palace of Fine Arts
04/27 ? Indio, CA (Coachella Festival)
04/28 ? Solana Beach, CA @ Belly Up Tavern
05/01 – Los Angeles, CA @ El Rey Theater (w/ Teddy Thompson)
05/22 ? Paris, France @ La Trianon
05/24 ? Portsmouth, England @ Portsmouth Guildhall
05/25 ? Bristol, England @ Bristol Colston Hall
05/27 ? London, England @ Old Vic Theatre
05/28 ? London, England @ Old Vic Theatre
05/29 – London, England @ Old Vic Theatre
05/31 – London, England @ Old Vic Theatre
06/05 – New York, NY @ Gramercy Theater (w/ Lucy Wainwright Roche)
06/06 – New York, NY @ Gramercy Theater (w/ Joan As Policewoman)
06/08 – New York, NY @ Gramercy Theater (w/ Teddy Thompson)
06/09 – New York, NY @ Gramercy Theater (w/ Jason Hart)
06/11 ? Toronto, Canada @ Danforth Music Hall
06/12 – Toronto, Canada @ Danforth Music Hall
06/14 ? Montreal, Canada @ Place Des Arts
06/16 ? Boston, MA @ Bank of America Pavillion (True Colors Tour with Cyndi Lauper, Debbie Harry and Erasure)
06/17 ? Columbia, MD @ Merriweather Post Pavillion (True Colors Tour)
06/22 ? Glastonbury , England (Glastonbury Festival)
07/07 ? Scotland (T in the Park Festival)
07/08 ? Dublin/Kildare, Ireland (Oxegen Music Festival)
07/10 ? Cornwall, England @ The Eden Project
08/25 ? Highland Park, IL (Ravinia Festival)
09/23 ? Los Angeles, CA @ Hollywood Bowl

And the cover…

Release The Stars is out 5/15 on Geffen.