Death Cab, Dismemberment Plan Team For Tour

Two of the most popular bands in the independent rock scene are teaming for a North American tour. Death Cab For Cutie and the Dismemberment Plan will hit the road for a five-week trek beginning Feb.

Two of the most popular bands in the independent rock scene are teaming for a North American tour. Death Cab For Cutie and the Dismemberment Plan will hit the road for a five-week trek beginning Feb. 16 in Grinnell, Iowa. The pairing has been in the works since early this year, Dismemberment Plan frontman Travis Morrison tells Billboard.com. "Honestly, I think they're one of the best bands around, and I think it's going to be great," he says.

At this point, only the routing for the first 13 shows has been set, but following a March 1 show in Los Angeles, the tour is expected to hit the Southeast and East Coast of the U.S., and Canada. As previously reported, the two groups will also join up with the annual Noise Pop Festival on Feb. 26 at Bimbo's in San Francisco.

The Plan is touring in support of its fourth Desoto album, "Change." The group just finished a series of dates with Ted Leo/Pharmacists, of which Morrison observes, "it was it scary going on after Ted Leo. Ted is on a seriously fast track. That band is on fire." Prior to the Death Cab dates, the Plan has Dec. 28-29 shows lined up in its hometown of Washington, D.C., as well as a New Year's Eve show with Lake Trout in Baltimore. A short Japanese tour is also set for late January.

Bellingham, Wash.-based Death Cab For Cutie is touring behind its latest Barsuk set "The Photo Album," which debuted at No. 29 on Billboard's Top Independent Albums chart in late October. The set has sold 17,000 copies in the U.S. to date, according to SoundScan.

Here is the routing for the opening of the Dismemberment Plan/Death Cab For Cutie tour:

Feb. 16: Grinnell, Iowa
Feb. 17: city TBA
Feb. 18: Lawrence, Kan.
Feb. 19: Denver
Feb. 20: Salt Lake City
Feb. 21: Boise, Idaho
Feb. 22: Seattle
Feb. 23: Portland, Ore.
Feb. 24: Bellingham, Wash.
Feb. 25: venue TBA
Feb. 26: San Francisco (Bimbo's / Noise Pop Festival)
Feb. 28: San Diego
March 1: Los Angeles