Seattle-based rock outfit the Minus 5 is gearing up for a "four-ring circus tour" to hit select markets across the U.S. this summer. The group, which includes multi-instrumentalists Scott McCaughey an

Seattle-based rock outfit the Minus 5 is gearing up for a "four-ring circus tour" to hit select markets across the U.S. this summer. The group, which includes multi-instrumentalists Scott McCaughey and Ken Stringfellow along with R.E.M.'s Peter Buck, will be joined on the road by Tuatara -- the instrumental group featuring Buck, McCaughey, and Screaming Trees drummer Barrett Martin -- Wayward Shaman (Martin's other band), and bluesman Cedell Davis.

In an announcement on R.E.M. fan site Murmurs.com, McCaughey said Martin will be playing with all four groups, and Buck and McCaughey will be playing in all but the Wayward Shamans, including stints as Davis' backing group. McCaughey dubs the outing the "Fast Horse Summer Hootenany 2002."

The prolific artist also put in a cryptic word about the Minus 5's previously reported collaboration with Wilco. The album, tentatively titled "Down With Wilco," is "slated for a fall release," according to McCaughey, though he didn't specify on which label.

The album was said to be on Mammoth's release schedule when the label folded in April, but a spokesman for Hollywood Records -- which assumed most of Mammoth's catalog -- said the label has no current information about the project.

In related news, Buck and his R.E.M. bandmates Mike Mills and Michael Stipe are moving forward with work on the group's 13th studio album. A post on the group's official Web site says the three just spent a week in Athens, Ga., writing and rehearsing new material.

Here are the Minus 5's tour dates:

July 10-11: Seattle (Crocodile Cafe)
July 12: Portland, Ore. (Berbati's Pan)
July 14: San Francisco (Fillmore)
July 16: Solana Beach, Calif. (Belly-Up Tavern)
July 17: Los Angeles (House of Blues)
July 18: San Juan Capistrano, Calif. (Coach House)
July 19: Tempe, Ariz. (Nita's Hideaway)
July 22: Boulder, Colo. (Fox Theatre)
July 24: Minneapolis (First Avenue)
July 25: Chicago (Metro)
July 26: Detroit (Majestic Theatre)
July 27: Philadelphia (Trocadero)
July 29-30: New York (Knitting Factory)
July 31: Boston (Paradise)
Aug. 1: Washington, D.C. (9:30 Club)
Aug. 2: Chapel Hill, N.C. (Cat's Cradle)
Aug. 3: Atlanta (Variety Playhouse)
Aug. 5: Athens, Ga. (Georgia Theatre)
Aug. 7: New Orleans (House Of Blues)

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