Progressive metal band Mastodon will launch an intimate club and theater tour this spring to support the group’s latest concept album. The 28-city tour begins April 10 at WorkPlay Theatre in Birmingham, AL, and ends May 15 at Center Stage in the band’s hometown of Atlanta, GA.

The two-month outing features an April 18 appearance at the Coachella Valley Music Festival in Indio, CA, an April 30 concert at Metro / Smart Bar in Chicago, IL, a May 9 gig at the Fillmore at Irving Plaza in New York, NY, and a May 14 show at The Orange Peel in Asheville, NC.

Seven shows are booked in Canada, including an April 23 concert at the Commodore Ballroom in Vancouver, BC, and a May 4 performance at Le National in Montreal, QC. Special musical guests for the spring jaunt are Kylesa and Intronaut.

Ticket presales begin today, March 4, and are accessible with the password “CracktheSkye.” For more information on presale ticket outlets, visit the Mastodon Web site. Public onsales launch on Saturday, March 7.

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On tour, Mastodon will perform its forthcoming concept album “Crack the Skye” in its entirety, followed by a second set of songs spanning the band’s 10-year career. The record is scheduled for a March 24 release on Reprise Records, a follow-up to 2006’s “Blood Mountain,” which hit No. 32 on the Billboard 200.

Mastodon made its debut in 2002 with “Remission,” the band’s only release not considered to be a concept album. The group’s lineup is composed of drummer/vocalist Brann Dailor, guitarist/vocalist Brent Hinds, guitarist Bill Kelliher and bassist/vocalist Troy Sanders.

After completing the spring tour, Mastodon will head overseas for a summer tour of Europe, supporting Metallica’s on-going World Magnetic tour.

Mastodon itinerary:
(Dates are subject to change.)

April 10 Birmingham, AL WorkPlay Theatre
April 11 New Orleans, LA House Of Blues
April 13 Lawrence, KS Granada Theatre
April 14 Boulder, CO Fox Theatre
April 16 Scottsdale, AZ Martini Ranch
April 18 Indio, CA Coachella Valley Music Festival
April 19 San Francisco, CA Great American Music Hall
April 21 Portland, OR Hawthorne Theatre
April 22 Seattle, WA Neumo’s
April 23 Vancouver, BC Commodore Ballroom
April 24 Calgary, AB MacEwan Hall Ballroom
April 25 Edmonton, AB The Starlite Room
April 26 Saskatoon, SK The Odeon
April 28 Winnipeg, MB Garrick Centre
April 29 Minneapolis, MN Fine Line Music Cafe
April 30 Chicago, IL Metro / Smart Bar
May 1 Pontiac, MI The Crofoot
May 2 Cleveland, OH Beachland Ballroom & Tavern
May 4 Montreal, QC Le National
May 5 Toronto, ON Opera House Concert Venue
May 7 Boston, MA House Of Blues
May 8 Philadelphia, PA Theatre of the Living Arts
May 9 New York, NY Fillmore New York at Irving Plaza
May 10 Brooklyn, NY Music Hall Of Williamsburg
May 12 Washington, DC 9:30 Club
May 13 Carrboro, NC Cat’s Cradle
May 14 Asheville, NC The Orange Peel
May 15 Atlanta, GA Center Stage