After a lapse of nearly three years between records, Built to Spill will be back this fall with new music and a tour to match. The Idaho-based indie band has lined up nearly 50 concerts to take them through the end of summer and into late 2009.

The band’s recently announced schedule picks up with an August 20 supporting stint for the Flaming Lips at McMenamins Edgefield Amphitheater in Troutdale, OR. Additional late summer and fall tour legs follow through a November 21 performance at the Knitting Factory in Spokane, WA.

The latter part of Built to Spill’s itinerary is filled with numerous multi-night performances, mostly on the East Coast. Those extended engagements are set for October 6-7 at Lee’s Palace in Toronto, On; October 9-11 at Middle East in Cambridge, MA; October 12-13 at Webster Hall in New York, NY; October 14-15 at Music Hall of Williamsburg in Brooklyn, NY; and November 19-20 at Showbox at The Market in Seattle, WA.

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Built to Spill is currently awaiting the release of its seventh studio album, “There Is No Enemy.” The record is due in stores in October, more than three years after the group’s previous release “You In Reverse.”

In a recent interview with Pitchfork Media, frontman Doug Martsch said the gap between albums didn’t necessarily concern him. “We’re not in any hurry to put anything out,” he commented. “There are plenty of Built to Spill records — no one is in a hurry to hear something new.”

Breaks between records are nothing new for Built to Spill. The band had a span of nearly five years between its 2001 release “Ancient Melodies of the Future” and April 2006’s “You In Reverse.”

Despite the lapse between studio albums, Martsch noted that the upcoming release will sound reminiscent of its predecessor. He explained, “On the last record, a lot of the material was built on jamming. But, for this one, I wrote most of the songs and brought them to the band. Still, we’re trying to make it sound like a continuation of what the last record was, as far as sounding like a live band with little sounds coming in and out.”

Built to Spill itinerary:
(Dates are subject to change.)

August 20 Troutdale, OR McMenamins Edgefield Amphitheater *
August 22 Santa Barbara, CA Velvet Jones
August 23 Silver Lake, CA Sunset Junction Street Fair
August 24 San Diego, CA The Casbah
August 25 Santa Ana, CA Galaxy Concert Theatre
August 26 Solana Beach, CA Belly Up Tavern
August 28 San Francisco, CA Outside Lands Music & Arts Festival
August 29 Arcata, CA Humboldt St. University
September 19 Murray, UT Murray Theater
September 20 Denver, CO Bluebird Theater
September 21 Boulder, CO Fox Theatre
September 23 Omaha, NE Slowdown
September 24 Minneapolis, MN First Avenue
September 25 Madison, WI Barrymore Theatre
September 26 Chicago, IL Vic Theatre
September 27 Milwaukee, WI Turner Hall Ballroom
September 28 Bloomington, IN Bluebird Nightclub
September 29 St. Louis, MO The Pageant
October 1 Columbus, OH Newport Music Hall
October 2 Newport, KY Southgate House
October 3 Royal Oak, MI Royal Oak Music Theatre
October 4 Cleveland Heights, OH Grog Shop
October 6 – 7 Toronto, ON Lee’s Palace
October 8 Ithaca, NY State Theatre
October 9 – 11 Cambridge, MA Middle East Restaurant & Nightclub
October 12 – 13 New York, NY Webster Hall
October 14 – 15 Brooklyn, NY Music Hall of Williamsburg
October 16 Philadelphia, PA Trocadero Theatre
October 17 Washington, DC 9:30 Club
October 18 Carrboro, NC Cat’s Cradle
October 20 Athens, GA 40 Watt Club
October 21 Memphis, TN Minglewood Hall
October 22 Dallas, TX Granada Theater
October 23 Houston, TX Warehouse Live
October 24 Austin, TX Waller Creek Amphitheater
October 25 Oklahoma City, OK Diamond Ballroom
October 27 Albuquerque, NM Sunshine Theatre
October 28 Tucson, AZ Dry River
November 15 Eugene, OR WOW Hall
November 17 Bellingham, WA The Nightlight
November 18 Vancouver, BC Commodore Ballroom
November 19 – 20 Seattle, WA Showbox at The Market
November 21 Spokane, WA Knitting Factory

* with the Flaming Lips

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