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Belle and Sebastian Announce US Tour and New Album

It’s been quite some time since Belle and Sebastian released their last studio album, let alone toured America. But the Scottish dream-pop collective have announced details of a short US tour this autumn, while work on the band’s new album continues.

Stuart Murdoch and co. will play nine dates across the US, Canada and Mexico this September and October, beginning in Brooklyn on September 30 and ending in San Francisco on October 17. They will play two dates south of the border in Mexico City and Guadalajara.

Meanwhile, an announcement on the band’s website revealed they were in the “final stages of recording the new album.” They also promise UK shows and a “trip to South America” before 2010 is out.

Prior to the North America dates, the band are set to play a number of European festivals, including Latitude on July 18. Later in the year they will be curating and headlining the Bowlie 2 festival presented by ATP, a sequel to the 1999 Bowlie Weekender, the early incarnation of the ATP festivals which Belle and Sebastian also curated. That takes place at Butlins, Minehead on December 10-12.

Belle and Sebastian’s North America dates are:

Williamsburg Waterfront, Brooklyn, N.Y. (Sept. 30)
Hollywood Palladium, Los Angeles, Calif. (Oct. 3)
Guadalajara Teatro Estudio Cavaret, Mexico (Oct. 7)
Mexico City TBA, Mexico (Oct. 9)
Chicago Theatre, Chicago, Ill. (Oct.11)
Massey Hall, Toronto, Ontario, Canada (Oct.12)
DAR Constitution Hall, Washington, D.C. (Oct.14)
Wang Theatre, Boston, Mass. (Oct.15)
TBA, San Francisco, Calif. (Oct.17)