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Shins hit the road. No new album until 2006

Indie rock outfit the Shins have begun confirming dates for a spring North American tour, beginning with an April 11-12 stand in Minneapolis. Shows are on tap through April 29-30 in Asheville, N.C., but additional gigs will be added. The group is not expected to hit the studio to begin work on its third album until later this year, with an eye on a 2006 release via Sub Pop. “It seems to be not very effective for me to try and write new songs out on tour,” frontman James Mercer said last November. “I’m so out of sorts, just being in a hotel. We never have time, either. You’re either recovering or you’re in a van driving.” The Shins’ sophomore album, “Chutes Too Narrow,” peaked at No. 5 on Billboard’s Top Independent Albums chart and has shifted 293,000 copies in the United States, according to Nielsen SoundScan. (Via BB)
Here are the Shins’ tour dates:

April 11-12: Minneapolis (First Avenue)
April 13: Milwaukee (Eagles Ballroom)
April 14: Chicago (Congress Theater)
April 17: Toronto (Kool Haus)
April 21: Providence, R.I. (Meehan Auditorium)
April 23-24: New York (Webster Hall)
April 27: Philadelphia (Electric Factory)
April 28: Norfolk, Va. (NorVa)
April 29-30: Asheville, N.C. (Orange Peel)