Canadian electro duo MSTRKRFT, pronounced “master kraft,” recently kicked off their 2009 concert season with a tour of Europe that will lead into a block of dates in the U.S. later in the summer.

The group’s international trek launched April 30 at Culture Club in Gent, Belgium, and continues tonight (May 1) at ACD1 in Dublin, Ireland. The European tour leg shuts out on May 31 at Rust in Copenhagen, Denmark, though MSTRKRFT will return to the continent later in the summer for a couple festivals.

After completing more than 20 shows across Europe, MSTRKRFT will launch a tour of the U.S., visiting at least 10 U.S. cities in June and July. The national leg picks up June 6 at Power & Light District in Kansas City, MO, and ends with a July 4 performance at Rothbury Festival in Rothbury, MI.

Based out of Toronto, MSTRKRFT is touring behind its second studio album, “Fist of God.” With the March 17 release, the band earned their first chart positions, hitting No. 43 on the Billboard Heatseekers chart and peaking at No. 12 on the electronic albums chart.

Jesse F. Keeler formed MSTRKRFT in 2005 with fellow electro musician and producer Alex Puodziukas, who performs under the pseudonym Al-P. At the time, Keeler was still officially a member of the dance-punk duo Death From Above 1979, which would not announce its break-up until August 2006.

“We decided to stop doing the band… Actually we decided that almost a year ago,” Keller wrote on Death From Above’s official Web site. The announcement was delayed because the band’s label hoped they would change their minds.

Keeler embraced the split and the solo projects it would allow, noting, “It would be more sad if we stopped changing and growing and kept playing the same songs for 40 years like the Rolling Stones. For me, that would be a nightmare.”

Later this year, MSTRKRFT will hit the U.S. concert circuit again for performances at a couple of the nation’s major summer festivals. Currently scheduled are a July 31 set at All Points West in Jersey City, NJ, and an August 9 gig at Lollapalooza in Chicago, IL.

MSTRKRFT itinerary:
(Dates are subject to change.)

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May 1 Dublin, IRE ACD1
May 2 London, ENG Matter @ O2 Arena
May 3 Glasgow, SCO ABC1
May 6 Rome, ITA Lanifico
May 7 Paris, FRA Le Bataclan
May 8 Marseille, FRA Cabaret Aleatoire
May 9 Amsterdam, NET Paradiso
May 13 Lille, FRA Le Grand Mix
May 14 Munich, GER Registratur
May 15 Berlin, GER Icon Club
May 16 Hamburg, GER Uebel & Gefahrlich
May 20 Zurich, SWI Alte Boerse
May 21 Lisbon, POR Lux Club
May 22 Milan, ITA Ipogo
May 23 Barcelona, SPA Razzmatazz
May 25 London, ENG Ministry Of Sound
May 27 Lund, SWE Mejeriet
May 28 Helsinki, FIN Virgin Oil & Co.
May 29 Oslo, NOR Biaa
May 30 Stockholm, SWE Locomotives
May 31 Copenhagen, DEN Rust
June 6 Kansas City, MO Power & Light District
June 11 Boston, MA The Roxy
June 12 Columbus, OH Boma
June 13 St. Louis, MO Bacardi B-Live @ The Pageant
June 25 Louisville, KY 4th Street Live!
June 26 Cleveland, OH House Of Blues
July 1 Miami, FL LIV Nightclub
July 2 Charlotte, NC The Forum
July 3 Atlanta, GA Park Tavern
July 4 Rothbury, MI Rothbury Festival @ Double JJ Resort
July 10 Zamardi, HUN Balaton Sound @ Festival Grounds
July 17 Grafenhainichen, GER Melt! Festival @ Ferropolis
July 31 Jersey City, NJ All Points West @ Liberty State Park
August 9 Chicago, IL Lollapalooza @ Grant Park