Singer/songwriter Rufus Wainwright will launch his first headlining club/theater tour Feb. 8 in Boston. The trek, which comes in support of the artist's sophomore album, "Poses" (DreamWorks), will fea

Singer/songwriter Rufus Wainwright will launch his first headlining club/theater tour Feb. 8 in Boston. The trek, which comes in support of the artist's sophomore album, "Poses" (DreamWorks), will feature fellow singer/songwriter Teddy Thompson (son of folk rock legends Richard and Linda Thompson), opening all but the Feb. 14 show in New York (that show will be opened by Antony Hegarty).

Unlike his appearances opening for Tori Amos and Roxy Music over the last year, the tour will find Wainwright backed by a full band that includes guitarist Thompson and his sister, Martha Wainwright, on guitar and vocals. Bassist Jeff Hill, drummer/percussionist Butch Norton (eels), and a yet-to-be-determined guitarist/keyboardist will round out the group. Both Hill and Thompson appear on "Poses," and Wainwright contributed backing vocals to Thompson's self-titled 2000 Virgin debut.

Released last June, "Poses" debuted at No. 1 on Billboard's Heatseekers chart and at No. 117 on The Billboard 200.

Wainwright has also contributed his cover of the Beatles' "Across the Universe" to the soundtrack of the Sean Penn film "I Am Sam," which was released last week. He performed the song, which will be added to future pressings of "Poses," accompanied by Sean Lennon and Moby at October's "Come Together: A Night for John Lennon's Words and Music" tribute concert, which took place at New York's Radio City Music Hall and was broadcast live on TNT. Wainwright performed the song last night (Jan. 15) on NBC's "The Tonight Show With Jay Leno."

Here are Rufus Wainwright's upcoming tour dates:

Feb. 8: Boston (Avalon Ballroom)
Feb. 9: Albany, N.Y. (Hart Theatre at the Egg)
Feb. 10: Toronto (Convocation Hall)
Feb. 11: Montreal (Le Spectrum De Montreal)
Feb. 14: New York (Town Hall)
Feb. 15: Philadelphia (Electric Factory)
Feb. 16: Washington, D.C. (9:30 Club)
Feb. 17: Towson, Md. (Recher Theatre)
Feb. 19: Pittsburgh (Metropol)
Feb. 20: Ann Arbor, Mich. (Michigan Theatre)
Feb. 22: Chicago (Vic Theatre)
Feb. 23: Oberlin, Ohio (Finney Chapel)
Feb. 24: Greencastle, Ind. (Kresge Auditorium)
Feb. 26: Madison, Wis. (Barrymore Theatre)
Feb. 27: Minneapolis (First Avenue)
March 1: Aspen, Colo. (Double Diamond)
March 2: Denver (Gothic Theatre)
March 8: Los Angeles (Wilshire Ebell Theatre)
March 9: San Francisco, Calif. (Fillmore)