U.K. modern rock act Elbow will return to North America for a 12-date tour in support of its V2 debut, "Asleep in the Back." The trek begins Feb. 19 in Los Angeles and will wrap March 13 in Atlanta. B

U.K. modern rock act Elbow will return to North America for a 12-date tour in support of its V2 debut, "Asleep in the Back." The trek begins Feb. 19 in Los Angeles and will wrap March 13 in Atlanta. Beforehand, the quintet will play Thursday (Jan. 31) at London's Shepherd's Bush Empire.

"Asleep in the Back," released last spring in the U.K. and last Tuesday in North America, earned Elbow a nod as best newcomer in the 2002 Brit Awards, to be handed out Feb. 20 in London. In North America, first single "Newborn" hit college radio this week and is due to hit modern rock and triple-A outlets on Feb. 25.

Internationally, two versions of the new "Asleep in the Back" / "Coming Second" single are due Monday, each featuring a different mix of the latter track as well as the cut "Stumble." A DVD edition of the single sports live and remixed versions of "Coming Second," plus tour images and four short audio visual clips.

In other Elbow news, frontman Guy Garvey recently misplaced a notebook containing lyrics intended for the band's next album. "Nobody can read my handwriting so it's of no use to anybody apart from me," he writes on the band's official Web site. "If you can return it to the address on the inside cover, there will be a £100 reward for your silence." Anyone with information can write to mail@trcmanagement.com.

Here are Elbow's tour dates:

Jan. 31: London (Shepherd's Bush Empire)
Feb. 19: Los Angeles (Troubadour)
Feb. 20: San Diego (Casbah)
Feb. 25: Seattle (Crocodile Cafe)
Feb. 26: Portland, Ore. (Berbati's Pan)
Feb. 28: Denver (Bluebird)
March 2: Chicago (Double Door)
March 3: Detroit (Magic Stick)
March 4: Toronto (Lee's Palace)
March 6: New York (Bowery Ballroom)
March 9: Cambridge, Mass. (T.T. the Bear's)
March 11: Washington, D.C. (9:30 Club)
March 13: Atlanta (Cotton Club)