Former Pixies frontman Frank Black and his band the Catholics have set the first handful of tour dates in support of their recent...

Former Pixies frontman Frank Black and his band the Catholics have set the first handful of tour dates in support of their recent dual releases on spinART, "Black Letter Days" and "Devil's Workshop." The group has a Sept. 29 gig set for San Francisco's Cellar club, but will kick the tour off Oct. 23 in Lawrence, Kan., with dates currently set through a Nov. 27 engagement at Boston's Avalon.

As previously reported, the albums -- released Aug. 20 -- were recorded live to two-track with an expanded family of Catholics contributors, and serve as simultaneous follow-ups to 2001's "Dog in the Sand" (What Are Records?).

"I'm not rushing into my next tour," the hard-touring Black recently told Billboard. "I want to figure out which would be the best clubs to play in; maybe weed out some of the other clubs that we would play ... I don't want every day to be some kind of 600 mile drive or travel ordeal."

But he's quick to point out the band's constant affinity for performing. "Small club touring [can be] a bit of a grind ... but when the lights go down, and the drummer kicks it, I gotta say it's always fun to play. Wherever I go, whatever kinda stage I'm on, it's a nice experience."

Here are Frank Black and the Catholics' tour dates:

Sept. 29: San Francisco (Cellar)
Oct. 23: Lawrence, Kan. (Bottleneck)
Oct. 24: Chicago (Double Door)
Oct. 29: Toronto (Horseshoe Tavern)
Nov. 4: Ottawa (Barrymore's Music Hall)
Nov. 5: Montreal (Club Soda)
Nov. 6: Winooski, Vt. (Higher Ground)
Nov. 8: Northampton, Mass. (Pearl Street Downstairs)
Nov. 9: Cohoes, N.Y. (Saratoga Winners)
Nov. 10: New Haven, Conn. (Toad's Place)
Nov. 11: Asbury Park, N.J. (Stone Pony)
Nov. 12: New York (Bowery Ballroom)
Nov. 15: Athens, Ga. (40 Watt Club)
Nov. 16: Atlanta (Smith's Olde Bar)
Nov. 17: West Columbia, S.C. (New Brookland Tavern)
Nov. 18: Carrboro, N.C. (Cat's Cradle)
Nov. 19: Charlottesville, Va. (Starr Hill Music Hall)
Nov. 22-23: Washington, D.C. (Black Cat)
Nov. 25: Brooklyn, N.Y. (Warsaw)
Nov. 27: Boston (Avalon)

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