The Strokes will play their first shows since last October during a forthcoming tour of South America.

The Strokes will play their first shows since last October during a forthcoming tour of South America. Full details have yet to be confirmed, but the group's official Web site reports the trek will visit Brazil, Argentina and Chile in October.

The shows will come ahead of the planned January release of the Strokes' third RCA album, which is as-yet-untitled. Group manager Ryan Gentles previously described the sound of the album to Billboard.com as "a lot clearer and brighter." He added that vocalist Julian Casablancas' vocals have been stripped of the effects that have often made him sound like he was singing through a distorted microphone on past recordings.

"The vocals are up," Gentles said. "[Producer] David [Kahne] really taught Julian how to accept his voice and hear it over the top of the mix."

Gentles previously said he anticipates the fall will also encompass small club shows in select North American cities, Europe, Japan and Australia. "They'll be sneak preview shows," he offered. "Only the diehards are going to know about these."

About two weeks before release date, the Strokes will play approximately 15 North American dates in bigger venues, followed by a short swing in the United Kingdom. A more extensive North American run is being eyed for March.

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