Belle & Sebastian Return With New 'Stories'
U.K. pop collective Belle & Sebastian will release its first album in nearly two years June 4 via Matador. The 18-track set, dubbed "Storytelling," includes a mix of songs featured in the similarlU.K. pop collective Belle & Sebastian will release its first album in nearly two years June 4 via Matador. The 18-track set, dubbed "Storytelling," includes a mix of songs featured in the similarly titled Todd Solondz film and others that did not make the final cut. It's the follow-up to 2000's "Fold Your Hands Child, You Walk Like a Peasant," which reached No. 10 on Billboard's Top Internet Albums chart and has sold just shy of 100,000 copies in the U.S., according to SoundScan.
Belle & Sebastian will precede the album with a rare 12-date North American tour, including a previously announced April 28 appearance at the Coachella Valley Music & Arts Festival in Indio, Calif. The group begins a month of European dates Saturday (March 16) in Aarhus, Denmark.
For some of the upcoming European gigs, the band is sponsoring a scavenger hunt for fans, who can win tickets to shows by uncovering various clues. The lucky fan who locates a hidden trophy in Manchester, England, will be given the option to attend all three U.K. gigs and even "have a beer" with the band after the show, according to its official Web site.
In related news, former B&S principal Stuart David's band Looper will also release a new album, "The Snare," June 4 via Mute. The group is expected to play some shows in North America this summer.
Here are Belle & Sebastian's tour dates:
March 16: Aarhus, Denmark (Voxhall)
March 17: Copenhagen (Vega)
March 18: Malmo, Sweden (KB Club)
March 19: Stockholm (Cirkus Djurgarden)
April 1: Edinburgh (Usher Hall)
April 2: Manchester, England (Apollo)
April 3: London (Brixton Academy)
April 6: Rotterdam, Holland (Motel Mozaique)
April 7: Brussels (Ancienne Belgique)
April 8: Lille, France (Aeronef)
April 9: Paris (Grand Rex)
April 11: Bourges, France (Le Printemps De Bourges)
April 13: Rimini, Italy (Velvet)
April 14: Modena, Italy (Vox Club)
April 15: Rome (Horus Club)
April 16: Milan (Propaganda)
April 28: Indio, Calif. (Coachella Valley Music & Arts Festival)
April 30: Austin, Texas (Backyard)
May 3: Upper Darby, Pa. (Tower Theatre)
May 4: Boston (Orpheum Theatre)
May 5-6: New York (Hammerstein Ballroom)
May 7: Montreal (Metropolis)
May 8: Toronto (Kool Haus)
May 10: Detroit (State Theatre)
May 11: Chicago (Congress Theatre)
May 13: Atlanta (Tabernacle)
May 15: Washington, D.C. (DAR Constitution Hall)
Aug. 10: Haldern, Germany (Haldern Open Air Festival)