Built to Spill Plan Tour, CD

New material gets a live tryout this fall

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Indie veterans Built to Spill kick off a six-week fall tour September 15th in Minneapolis. After a decade together, the Boise, Idaho-based trio have found ways to make the grueling repetition of the road bearable -- they have multiple nights scheduled for New York, Chicago, Washington D.C. and Boston.

"You get to hang around and do what you want all day long," says Martsch of the extended stays. "I look forward to those stops. I know my way around, I know where the YMCA's are. I try to find Y's and places to shoot hoops."

Since Built to Spill released Ancient Melodies of the Future more than two years ago, Martsch has put out Now You Know, a solo album heavily influenced by the blues. A similar sound is bleeding into the formative stages of a new Built To Spill record.

"I've been going back through those tapes and picking out things I thought were interesting," Martsch says. "There's a few pieces where I was playing around with open tunings and slide stuff I want to use. But it's still pretty early."

Built to Spill tour dates:

9/15: Minneapolis, First Avenue
9/17-18: Chicago, Metro
9/19: Cincinnati, Bogart's
9/20: Columbus, OH, Newport Music Hall
9/21: Detroit, Majestic Theater
9/22: Cleveland, Agora Theater
9/24-7: New York, Irving Plaza
9/28: Northampton, MA, Pearl Street
9/29-30: Boston, Paradise Rock Club
10/1: Providence, RI, Lupo's Heartbreak Hotel
10/2: Philadelphia, The Trocadero
10/3-4: Washington, D.C., 9:30 Club
10/5: Charlottesville, VA, Starr Club
10/6: Carrboro, NC, Cat's Cradle
10/8: Athens, GA, 40 Watt Club
10/9: Atlanta, Variety Playhouse
10/10: Jacksonville, FL, Free Bird Cafe
10/11: St. Petersburg, FL, State Theater
10/13: Orlando, The Club at Firestone
10/14: Tallahassee, FL, Beta Bar
10/15: New Orleans, House of Blues
10/16: Houston, Engine Room
10/17: Austin, Stubb's
10/18: Dallas, Gypsy Tea Room
10/19: Oklahoma City, OK, Diamond Ballroom
10/20: Lawrence, KS, The Bottleneck
10/22-23: Englewood, CO, Gothic Theater
10/24: Salt Lake City, Bricks
10/25: Boise, Big Easy