The White Stripes Plan U.S. Tour

Detroit-based minimalist blues/rock duo the White Stripes have scheduled a two-week tour of the East coast of the U.S. to kick off in late March. The tour, which will follow the Stripes' ongoing Europ

Detroit-based minimalist blues/rock duo the White Stripes have scheduled a two-week tour of the East coast of the U.S. to kick off in late March. The tour, which will follow the Stripes' ongoing European jaunt in support of the group's third album, "White Blood Cells" (Sympathy for the Record Industry), will launch with an appearance at Cleveland's Odeon, and includes a four-night stand at New York's Bowery Ballroom.

Brendan Benson will open all dates, supporting his sophomore album "Lapalco," due out Tuesday (Feb. 19) via Star Time Records. Additional opening acts include the Soledad Brothers (March 29-April 1), the Datsuns (April 3-5), and Kid Congo & Pink Monkey Birds (April 6).

The critically lauded "White Blood Cells," whose creators were recently nominated as best band for U.K. music weekly NME's Carling Awards, is at No. 22 on Billboard's Heatseekers chart this week, its highest position to date.

In other White Stripes news, the group is holding an online contest for fans that enjoy playing old-school video games. "Stripe Out," a custom-designed game reminiscent of Atari's "Super Breakout," is available for download from the Stripes' official Web site and can be played online at four different Web sites -- NME.com, MTV.co.uk, Playlouder.com, and Channel4.com -- through Sunday, March 4. At that point, the players with the highest scores on each of the sites will battle each other in a playoff, with the winner receiving a "unique box o' stuff put together by [guitarist/vocalist] Jack and [drummer] Meg themselves from their own personal collection."

Here are the White Stripes tour dates:

Feb. 27: Utrecht, Netherlands (Tivoli)
Feb. 28: Rotterdam, Netherlands (Nightown)
March 1: Lille, France (Aeronef)
March 2: Nantes, France (Olympic)
March 3: Bordeaux, France (Theatre Barbey)
March 5: Paris (Elysee Montmartre)
March 6: Strasbourg, France (Laiterie)
March 7: Stuttgart, Schorndorf (Manufaktur)
March 8: Nurnberg, Germany (K4)
March 9: Dortmund, Germany (FZW)
March 10: Hamburg, Germany (Logo)
March 29: Cleveland (Odeon)
March 30: Pittsburgh (Rosebud)
March 31: Philadelphia (Trocadero)
April 1: Washington, D.C. (9:30 Club)
April 2: Baltimore, Md. (Recher Theater)
April 3: Boston (The Roxy)
April 4: Providence, R.I. (Lupo's)
April 5-8: New York (Bowery Ballroom)
April 10: Morgantown, W. Va. (123 Pleasant)