Broken Bells, a collaboration between The Shins frontman James Mercer and celebrated producer and multi-instrumentalist Brian “Danger Mouse” Burton, has announced plans for a full North American tour. Backed by a full touring ensemble, the indie match made in heaven is confirmed for 16 performances from coast to coast.
The spring trek begins May 18 at Humphrey’s Concerts by the Bay in San Diego, CA, and continues for three full weeks before concluding on June 11 at the 40 Watt Club in Athens, GA.
The brief jaunt includes performances on May 19 at Henry Fonda Theatre in Los Angeles, CA; May 31 at Vic Theatre in Chicago, IL; and June 5 at Irving Plaza in New York, NY. Two Canadian dates are also on the calendar: May 26 at Commodore Ballroom in Vancouver, BC, and June 2 at Queen Elizabeth Theatre in Toronto, ON.
Ticket prices vary depending on the venue, but are mostly set at $35 before applicable fees, though some concert dates have a slightly lower price of admission. The first public onsales begin today, April 2, in Detroit and Atlanta. Most other markets on the tour have onsales opening over the Easter weekend, April 3-4.
Indie pop quartet The Morning Benders is slated to support throughout the spring outing. More tour and ticketing details are available on Broken Bells’ official Web site.
The upcoming spring run is the first full-length tour for Broken Bells, a side project that just surfaced at the end of last year and released its self-titled debut on March 9. The record debuted at No. 7 on the Billboard 200, while its first single “The High Road” landed well within the top 50 on the Rock and Alternative song charts.
One of the Bells’ handful of debut live shows took place on March 17 at this year’s South By Southwest (SXSW) music festival in Austin, TX. During a showcase sponsored by NPR Music, Mercer and Burton recreated the layered sound of their debut album with the help of backing musicians, effectively during the duo into a full seven-piece band.
Broken Bells itinerary:
(Dates are subject to change.)
|May 18||San Diego, CA||Humphrey’s Concerts by the Bay|
|May 19||Los Angeles, CA||Henry Fonda Theatre|
|May 21||San Francisco, CA||Regency Ballroom|
|May 24||Portland, OR||Wonder Ballroom|
|May 25||Seattle, WA||Showbox at the Market|
|May 26||Vancouver, BC||Commodore Ballroom|
|May 29||Denver, CO||Gothic Theatre|
|May 31||Chicago, IL||Vic Theater|
|June 1||Detroit, MI||St. Andrews Hall|
|June 2||Toronto, ON||Queen Elizabeth Theatre|
|June 4||Boston, MA||Royale Night Club|
|June 5||New York, NY||Irving Plaza|
|June 6||Philadelphia, PA||Electric Factory|
|June 7||Washington, DC||9:30 Club|
|June 10||Atlanta, GA||Center Stage|
|June 11||Athens, GA||40 Watt Club|