The band release a limited single in Australia, announce some Japanese festival appearances and tour the USA's west coast...

THE STROKES have announced details of a limited single release in Australia, a handful of dates in their native US and Japanese festival appearances.

The band, who stepped in at the last minute for an appearance at T In The Park’s Main Stage on Saturday (July 7), are to release the single ‘Hard To Explain’ in Australia next Monday (July 16) for two weeks only. The single will be backed with ‘New York City Cops’, and will feature different artwork to the UK release.

According to their official site,, the band also have a string of dates lined up the US.

The dates are:

San Diego, The Casbah (July 31)

Los Angeles, The Troubadour (August 3)

San Francisco, Bottom Of The Hill (7)

Portland, Roseland Grill (10)

Seattle, Crocodile Cafe (12)

Tickets for the first two dates are on sale now, the Seattle show tickets go on sale tomorrow (July 13).

The Strokes also appear at Japan’s Summer Sonic Festival in Osaka WTC Open-Air Stadium on August 18 and Tokyo Chibal Marine Stadium on 19.

As previously reported on NME.COM, the band are back in the UK to play two of their rescheduled dates, which were cancelled after their drummer Fabrizio Moretti broke his hand while on tour. The dates so far confirmed are August 23 at Sheffield Leadmill and August 28 at Liverpool Lomax. The Birmingham and Leeds dates are expected to be rescheduled for November, when it is understood the band are hoping to return for another UK tour.