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News on White Stripes, Underworld, Dears

whiteThe White Stripes have extended their spring South American tour, which will begin with a previously announced three-show run in Mexico. The group will also play shows in Guatemala, Panama, Columbia, Chile and Argentina before wrapping the run with a three-city swing through Brazil.

The dates come ahead of the June 7 release of the Stripes' new album, "Get Behind Me Satan" via Third Man/V2. First single "Blue Orchid" is now available for digital download via Apple's iTunes Music Store.

Here are the White Stripes' South American tour dates:

May 11: Monterrey, Mexico (Fundidora Amphitheatre de Coca Cola)
May 13: Guadalajara, Mexico (Foro Alterno)
May 14: Mexico City (Sports Palace)
May 18: Guatemala City, Guatemala (Hotel Grand Tikal Futura)
May 20: Panama City, Panama (Club Next)
May 21: Bogata, Columbia (Palacio De Los Desportes)
May 24: Santiago, Chile (Victor Jara Arena)
May 26: Misiones, Argentina (venue TBA)
May 28: Buenos Aires (Luna Park)
June 1: Manuas, Brazil (Opera House)
June 3: Rio De Janeiro (Clara Hall)
June 4: Sao Paulo, Brazil (Credit Card Hall)

-- Jonathan Cohen, N.Y.

underworldU.K. electronica duo Underworld has confirmed a handful of summer performances, beginning July 7 at Serbia's Exit Festival and running through an Aug. 11 set at the Sizget Festival in Budapest. The group will also drop in on festivals in Poland, Switzerland, the Czech Republic, Germany and Holland, with a lone U.K. appearance set for July 29 at the Global Gathering 2005.

Underworld has been at work on its next studio album and last week unleashed a live DJ set on its official Web site. Few specifics were revealed as group members Karl Hyde and Rick Smith answered questions from fans during the set, but Hyde said the artwork was "all done and dusted." Smith also seemed to indicate the upcoming album would not be issued by longtime label V2, but gave no further details.

The pair did concede, "perhaps in the future we'll maybe play some little segments of very new material that hasn't yet been released in a show somewhere on the World Wide Web." The upcoming album will be the follow-up to 2002's "A Hundred Days Off."

Here are Underworld's tour dates:

July 7: Novi Sad, Serbia (Exit Festival)
July 9: Gdynia, Poland (Heineken Festival)
July 12: Montreux, Switzerland (Montreux Jazz Festival)
July 13: Prague (Festival T Mobile)
July 15: Gelsenkiirchen, Germany (Movement! Festival)
July 16: Grafenhainichen, Germany (Melt Festival)
July 17: Amsterdam (5 Days Off Festival)
July 29: Stratford Upon Avon, England (Global Gathering 2005)
Aug. 11: Budapest (Sizget Festival)

-- Jonathan Cohen, N.Y.

DearsCanadian rock act the Dears will team with up-and-coming Swedish combo the Shout Out Louds for a North American tour that begins May 24 in Los Angeles. The Dears will be out behind their acclaimed 2004 spinART release "No Cities Left," while the Shout Out Louds will be playing tunes from their Capitol debut, "Howl Howl Gaff Gaff." That set is due May 24.

Beforehand, the Dears have a run of May dates on tap in London, Holland, Paris and Japan.

Here are Dears/Shout Out Louds tour dates:

May 24: Los Angeles (El Rey Theatre)
May 25: San Francisco (Great American Music Hall)
May 27: Seattle (Crocodile Cafe)
May 28: Quincy, Wash. (the Gorge)
May 30: Salt Lake City (Urban Lounge)
May 31: Denver (Climax Lounge)
June 2: Lawrence, Kan. (Bottleneck)
June 3: Minneapolis (Ascot Room)
June 4: Chicago (Metro)
June 5: Detroit (Magic Stick)
June 6: Cleveland (Grog Shop)
June 11: New York (Bowery Ballroom)
June 12: Boston (Paradise)
June 14: Philadelphia (North Star Bar)
June 15: Baltimore (Fletcher's)

-- Jonathan Cohen, N.Y.