Though New Jersey’s own The Gaslight Anthem is still relatively small, the alt-rock quartet has big plans for a North American headlining tour. On the eve of a lengthy European run, the band is already anticipating the spring kick-off of their 28-city trek.

The coast-to-coast run begins with a March 8 appearance at the Langerado Music Festival at Bicentennial Park in Miami, FL, and ends May 6 at Cat’s Cradle in Carrboro, NC. Along the way, the band will perform gigs on March 27 at Webster Hall in New York, NY, on April 3 at The Bottom Lounge in Chicago, IL, on April 16 at Slim’s in San Francisco, CA, and on April 29 at Antone’s in Austin, TX.

The band will venture north of the border for six dates in Canada during the spring 2009 trek. Stops include a March 18 set at La Tulipe in Montreal, QC, and an April 10 concert at The Plaza Club in Vancouver, BC.

Ohio trio Heartless Bastards will open for all U.S. concerts, starting with the late March show in New York City. The Ontario-based group Saint Alvia will provide support for the Canadian gig stops.

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The Gaslight Anthem is supporting its sophomore release “The ’59 Sound,” which hit stores in August 2008. A follow-up to the band’s 2007 debut “Sink or Swim,” the new record quickly gained mainstream attention and peaked at No. 70 on the Billboard 200.

“Things have happened so fast for us that we haven’t really had time to sit back and reflect or go ‘What just happened?'” explained frontman Brian Fallon on the band’s Web site. “I can’t say that we were prepared for any of this at all; I’m just very grateful that we’re here.”

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The Gaslight Anthem itinerary:
(Dates are subject to change.)

March 8 Miami, FL Langerado Music Festival @ Bicentennial Park
March 18 Montreal, QC La Tulipe
March 20 Toronto, ON Opera House Concert Venue
March 21 London, ON Call The Office
March 27 New York, NY Webster Hall
March 28 Philadelphia, PA Trocadero Theatre
March 29 Pittsburgh, PA Mr. Small’s Theatre
March 30 Columbus, OH Newport Music Hall
March 31 Cleveland, OH Agora Ballroom
April 1 Detroit, MI St. Andrews Hall
April 2 Milwaukee, WI Turner Hall Ballroom
April 3 Chicago, IL The Bottom Lounge
April 4 Minneapolis, MN Varsity Theater
April 7 Calgary, AB The Warehouse
April 8 Edmonton, AB The Starlite Room
April 10 Vancouver, BC The Plaza Club
April 13 Portland, OR Berbati’s Pan
April 15 Orangevale, CA The Boardwalk
April 16 San Francisco, CA Slim’s
April 21 Tempe, AZ The Clubhouse Music Venue
April 22 Albuquerque, NM Launchpad
April 23 Colorado Springs, CO Black Sheep
April 24 Englewood, CO Gothic Theatre
April 28 Dallas, TX Granada Theater
April 29 Austin, TX Antone’s
May 2 Saint Petersburg, FL The State Theatre
May 3 Orlando, FL The Social
May 6 Carrboro, NC Cat’s Cradle