Frank Black Slates Stateside Catholics Tour?

Frank Black, former principal of revered alternative rock act the Pixies, has revealed the first set of North American dates in support of his latest album with the Catholics, "Dog In The Sand" (What

Frank Black, former principal of revered alternative rock act the Pixies, has revealed the first set of North American dates in support of his latest album with the Catholics, "Dog In The Sand" (What Are Records?). Beginning April 9 in Boston, the run will follow an ongoing European tour, which plays Liverpool (U.K.) University tonight (Feb. 15), and is slated to wrap March 25 in Eindhoven, Holland.

Although North American dates are currently only confirmed through an April 25 show in Milwaukee, a label representative tells Billboard.com that dates continuing on to the West Coast are expected to be firmed up in the coming weeks.

"Dog In The Sand" is the third album on which Black is backed by the Catholics -- drummer Scott Boutier, bassist David McCaffrey, and guitarist Rich Gilbert. For this collection, Black decided to expand the band's ranks with a number of guest musicians, including keyboardist Eric Drew Feldman (Captain Beefheart, Pere Ubu, PJ Harvey), as well as guitarists Morris Tepper, Dave Philips, and Black's former Pixies bandmate Joey Santiago.

"The arrangements are a little more sophisticated than they would be with a four-piece band," Black recently told Billboard.com of the expanded band. "[Having more people playing] gives you the opportunity to exercise restraint, because there's more going on. It's nice to be able to remain live to two-track, but try to achieve a record that sounds like a multi-tracked record."

Here are Frank Black & the Catholics' tour dates:

Feb. 15: Liverpool, U.K. (Liverpool University)
Feb. 17: Sheffield, U.K. (The Leadmill)
Feb. 18: Leicester, U.K. (Princess Charlotte)
Feb. 19: Oxford, U.K. (Zodiac)
Feb. 20: Portsmouth, U.K. (Wedgewood Rooms)
Feb. 21: London (The Astoria)
Feb. 23: Copenhagen (Vega Musikkenshus)
Feb. 24: Aarhus, Denmark (Voxhall)
Feb. 26: Oslo (John Dee)
Feb. 27: Stockholm (Kagelbanan)
Feb. 28: Goteborg, Sweden (Sticky Fingers)
March 1: Malmo, Sweden (KB Club)
March 3: Hamburg (Logo)
March 4: Berlin (Columbia)
March 5: Munich (Backstage)
March 6: Frankfurt (Batschkapp)
March 7: Bochum, Germany (Zeche)
March 8: Brussels (Botanique Gardens)
March 9: Paris (Elysee Montmarte)
March 10: Rennes, France (Ubu Club)
March 12: Toulouse, France (Le Bikini)
March 13: Barcelona, Spain (Bikini)
March 15: Madrid (Sala Arena)
March 17: Lisbon, Portugal (Aula Magna)
March 19: Grenoble, France (L'Entre-pot)
March 20: Strasbourg, France (La Laiterie)
March 22: Zwolle, Holland (Hedon)
March 23: Leiden, Holland (LVC)
March 24: Amsterdam (Melkweg)
March 25: Eindhoven, Holland (Effenaar)
April 9: Boston (Paradise Rock Club)
April 10: New York (Irving Plaza)
April 11: Baltimore (Fletcher's)
April 12: Philadelphia (Trocadero)
April 13: Washington, D.C. (Black Cat)
April 14: Pittsburgh (Beehive Theater)
April 16-18: Toronto (Horseshoe Tavern)
April 19: Detroit (Magic Stick)
April 20: Cleveland (Beachland Ballroom)
April 21: Columbus, Ohio (Little Brother's)
April 22: Champaign, Ill. (the Canopy)
April 25: Milwaukee (Shank Hall))