Rancid principals Lars Frederiksen and Tim Armstrong have put the finishing touches on "Lars Frederiksen And The Bastards," an album the duo wrote and recorded together last September. It's set for a

Rancid principals Lars Frederiksen and Tim Armstrong have put the finishing touches on "Lars Frederiksen And The Bastards," an album the duo wrote and recorded together last September. It's set for a March 20 release on Armstrong's Hellcat label, and will be supported with a North American tour (minus Armstrong) with punk band Dropkick Murphys in tow. That trek will begin March 9 in Poughkeepsie, N.Y.

Hellcat describes the new album's material as "heavily inspired by Frederiksen's caustic youth in Campbell, Calif." The album also sports covers of Billy Bragg's "To Have And Have Not" and a reworking of Motorhead's rendition of "Leaving Here," recorded by an early incarnation of the Who and popularized in recent years by Pearl Jam.

Rancid's most recent studio album, a self-titled effort on Hellcat/Epitaph, debuted at No. 2 on Billboard's Top Independent Albums chart and at No. 68 on The Billboard 200 last August.

Here are the first round of Frederiksen/Dropkick Murphys tour dates:
March 9: Poughkeepsie, N.Y. (The Chance)
March 10: Rochester, N.Y. (Water St. Music Hall)
March 15: Washington, D.C. (Nation)
March 16: New York (Wetlands)
March 17: Boston (Avalon)
March 18: Philadelphia (Electric Factory)
March 19: Virginia Beach, Va. (Peabody's)
March 20: Carrboro, N.C. (Cat's Cradle)
March 21: Atlanta (Masquerade)
March 22: Jacksonville, Fla. (618)
March 23: Orlando, Fla. (House Of Blues)
March 24: St. Petersburg, Fla. (State Theater)
March 25: West Palm Beach, Fla. (Spanky's)