Black Keys Scratch Touring Itch

Akron, Ohio-based rock duo the Black Keys will spend the bulk of the fall on the road in support of their third studio album, "Rubber Factory," due Sept. 7 via Fat Possum/Epitaph.

Akron, Ohio-based rock duo the Black Keys will spend the bulk of the fall on the road in support of their third studio album, "Rubber Factory," due Sept. 7 via Fat Possum/Epitaph. North American dates begin Saturday (Sept. 4) at Seattle's Bumbershoot festival and run through an Oct. 9-10 stand in Cleveland, just north of the pair's hometown.

After a two-week break, the Keys will cross the Atlantic for 12 dates in the United Kingdom, France, Belgium and Spain. "Rubber Factory" is led by the single "10 A.M. Automatic," a video for which was recently conceived and directed by comedian David Cross.

The set is the follow-up to 2003's "Thickfreakness," which crept onto Billboard's Top Independent Albums chart at No. 50. "Last time, we had a bunch of songs we'd been playing and we knew exactly what we were going to do," vocalist/guitarist Dan Auerbach told Billboard.com in May. "This time, we went in with basically nothing. I'd written a lot of songs and had worked stuff out on my own, but me and [drummer] Patrick [Carney] hadn't played anything together. It took us a couple months to get it all working right."

Here are the Black Keys' tour dates:

Sept. 4: Seattle (Bumbershoot Festival)
Sept. 7: Portland, Ore. (Aladdin Theater)
Sept. 10: Hollywood, Calif. (Avalon)
Sept. 11: San Diego (Brick by Brick)
Sept. 12: Phoenix (Mason Jar)
Sept. 15: Denver (Gothic Theatre)
Sept. 16: Omaha, Neb. (Sokol Underground)
Sept. 17: Lawrence, Kan. (Granada)
Sept. 18: Columbia, Mo. (Mojo's)
Sept. 21: Minneapolis (First Avenue)
Sept. 23: Milwaukee (Mad Planet)
Sept. 24: Chicago (Metro)
Sept. 28: Toronto (Lee's Palace)
Oct. 1: Boston (Paradise)
Oct. 2-3: New York (Bowery Ballroom)
Oct. 6: Washington, D.C. (9:30 Club)
Oct. 7: Pittsburgh (the World)
Oct. 8: Columbus, Ohio (Newport Music Hall)
Oct. 9-10: Cleveland (Beachland Ballroom)
Oct. 26: London (Scala)
Oct. 27: Bristol, England (Anson Rooms)
Oct. 29: Glasgow (Garage)
Oct. 30: Leeds, England (Cockpit)
Oct. 31: Manchester, England (Academy 2)
Nov. 1: Wolverhampton, England (Wulfren Hall)
Nov. 3: Brussels (AB Club)
Nov. 4: Evreux, France (MJC)
Nov. 5: Paris (La Boule Noir)
Nov. 7: Bordeaux, France (Le Cat)
Nov. 9: Bilbao, Spain (Azkena)
Nov. 11: Barcelona (Razzmatazz 3)