Belle & Sebastian and the New Pornographers are planning to hit the road together in early 2006.

Belle & Sebastian and the New Pornographers are planning to hit the road together. According to the Matador Records Web site, the labelmates will tour North America early in the New Year, although no dates are yet confirmed.

B&S have a U.K. tour slated to open Jan. 15 in Glasgow and run through a Feb. 10 gig in London. As previously reported, the group is also due to perform in March as part of the South By Southwest music festival in Austin, Texas.

The group is touring around the release of "The Life Pursuit", due Feb. 6 in Europe via Rough Trade and a day later in the United States through Matador.

The New Pornographers have just two shows on their schedule at deadline, including a New Year's Eve gig Saturday (Dec. 31) at Chicago's Metro. The other, a Feb. 22 show with Matt Pond PA and dios (malos) at the Barrymore Theatre in Madison, Wis., is a makeup date for an Oct. 21 show at the venue that was postponed when bassist John Collins suffered an appendicitis attack and required emergency surgery.

In May, the band will take part in the United States of ATP (All Tomorrow's Parties) festival in East Sussex, England, on a bill curated by the Shins.

The New Pornographers are touring in support of "Twin Cinema," which bowed at No. 44 on The Billboard 200 in September and has sold 69,000 copies in the United States, according to Nielsen SoundScan.