Soul Asylum is nearing the release of its first new studio album in seven years, Billboard.com has learned.

Soul Asylum is nearing the release of its first new studio album in seven years, Billboard.com has learned. The as-yet-untitled set is due in March via Columbia/Legacy and is the Minneapolis band's first since the death of bassist Karl Mueller in June. A North American tour is in the works, with dates to be announced.

Beforehand, Soul Asylum will perform live Oct. 24 at Minneapolis' Seventh Street Entry and Oct. 26 at New York's Bowery Ballroom. Founding members Dave Pirner and Dan Murphy will be backed at the shows by former Replacements bassist Tommy Stinson and veteran Minneapolis drummer Michael Bland.

The new album features contributions from Mueller, who was gravely ill with throat cancer but was able to finish the project. Songs include "Good for You," "Showtime," "Crazy Mixed Up World," "Standing Water," "Directions" and "Be on My Side."

"It makes me think of Karl," Pirner says of the upcoming set. "It was long overdue to record exclusively in Minneapolis because we hadn't done so in 15 years and the natural surroundings of home was something we needed. We feel extra proud of it because we did it on our own."

The album is the follow-up to 1998's "Candy From a Stranger," which only reached No. 121 on The Billboard 200.

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