Alternative country rocker Neko Case has announced a 22-date U.S. tour to span the late summer and early fall. The singer-songwriter kicks off her solo dates on August 25 at The Rialto in Tuscon, AZ, and wraps on September 28 at the ACL Festival in Austin, TX.

The tour weaves through the Mid West with a few West Coast and Canadian performances thrown in the mix. On the six-week trek, Case will have a chance to exhibit her solo work (with the backing band Her Boyfriends), as well as her contributions to indie rock band The New Pornographers.

The rocker has scheduled two-night performances in Vancouver, BC, and Chicago, IL. On the second night in both cities, the complete line-up of The New Pornographers will join Case to perform material from the band’s four albums, including the critically-acclaimed 2007 release “Challengers.” These full-band performances, scheduled for September 1 and September 21, will not feature any of Case’s solo work.

Over the course of her career, Case has recorded with various bands, usually only for a year before moving on. She made her solo debut in 1997 with “The Virginian,” and has since produced six more solo albums, including “Live from Austin, TX” in 2007. Her next studio effort, “Middle Cyclone,” has a March 2009 release date.

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The Canadian supergroup The New Pornographers formed in 2000 and has recorded four full-length studio albums. Founder Carl Newman does most of the songwriting for the eight-man band. After a spring 2008 tour of the U.S. and Canada in support of “Challengers,” the group had to cancel their European tour in July due to “personal reasons.”

The New Pornographers apologized in a post on their Web site, “Sorry that sounds generic, but it’s sincere. We most definitely do not like having to cancel shows, and were very excited about returning to Europe.”

Neko Case itinerary:
(Dates subject to change.)

August 25 Tucson, AZ The Rialto
August 27 Reno, NV Robert Hawkins Amphitheatre
August 28 Salt Lake City, UT Gallivan Center Twilight Concert Series
August 29 Boise, ID Winery at Eagle Knoll
August 30 Seattle, WA Bumbershoot Festival
August 31 Vancouver, BC Malkin Bowl
September 1 Vancouver, BC Malkin Bowl *
September 12 Laytonville, CA Earthdance Festival at Black Oak Ranch
September 14 Aspen, CO Belly Up
September 15 Omaha, NE Slowdown
September 16 Des Moines, IA Hoyt Sherman
September 17 Duluth, MN Mitchell Auditorium
September 18 Minneapolis, MN First Avenue
September 19 Madison, WI The Orpheum
September 20 Chicago, IL Hideout Block Party
September 21 Chicago, IL Hideout Block Party *
September 23 Cleveland, OH Beachland Ballroom
September 24 St. Louis, MO The Pageant
September 25 Oxford, MS The Lyric
September 26 Oklahoma City, OK Diamond Ballroom
September 27 Dallas, TX Granada Theater
September 28 Austin, TX ACL Festival

* New Pornographers show

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