Arcade Fire announces brief U.S. tour

Spoon will open for band on select dates

NEW YORK -- Arcade Fire, the celebrated Canadian rock band that last week unveiled the first songs from its much anticipated album "The Suburbs," has announced a brief U.S. tour to coincide with the release.

Between Aug. 1-11, the band will play headlining shows in Boston, Philadelphia, New York, Washington, D.C., Nashville and Atlanta, in addition to its previously announced appearance at the Lollapaloooza Festival in Chicago.

"The Suburbs," Arcade Fire's third full-length, is due Aug. 3 on Merge.

Spoon will support on the New York, Philadelphia, D.C. and Atlanta dates.

Arcade Fire will mark its return to the stage the week of June 7 with a pair of intimate gigs at Sherbrooke, Ontario's Theater Granada.

"The Suburbs" is Arcade Fire's follow-up to "Neon Bible," which hit No. 2 on the Billboard 200 in March 2007 and has sold 421,000 copies, according to Nielsen SoundScan.

The band has been working on the album for more than six months with producer Markus Dravs, who also helmed "Neon Bible."

There has been speculation that Owen Pallett, the Polaris Prize-winning creative force behind "Final Fantasy," has been working on the album's arrangements. He previously arranged strings for Arcade Fire, and fueled rumors by recently cryptically posting on Twitter that he had "just completed 10 days on the best album I've ever had the pleasure of working on."

Here are Arcade Fire's U.S. tour dates:

Aug. 1: Boston (Bank of America Pavilion)
Aug. 2: Philadelphia (Mann Center for the Performing Arts)
Aug. 4: New York (Madison Square Garden)
Aug. 6: Washington, D.C. (Merriweather Post Pavilion)
Aug. 9: Nashville (Ryman Auditorium)
Aug. 11: Atlanta (Verizon Wireless Amphitheater at Encore Park)
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