Tour Alert: Shins Hit the Road as Major Label Band

Also: New dates from Death Cab for Cutie and Kings of Convenience

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James Mercer of the Shins performing in Los Angeles.
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The Shins
The Shins are about to hit the road for the first time as a major label band. The New Mexico psychedelic pop group have announced that they will release their forthcoming fourth album on Aural Apothecary, an imprint of Columbia Records that will be run by frontman James Mercer. Mercer will be backed up on tour by a band including songwriter and producer Richard Swift, Modest Mouse drummer Joe Plummer, Crystal Skulls member Yuuki Matthews and singer/songwriter Jessica Dobson.  No title or release date has been announced for the Shins' major label debut, but the band's summer tour dates are as follows:

August 8 Eugene, OR - W.O.W. Hall
August 9 Bend, OR - The Domino Room
August 10 Portland, OR - Doug Fir Lounge
August 12 San Francisco, CA - Outside Lands Festival
September 22 Toronto, Ontario - Phoenix Concert Theatre
September 23 Philadelphia, PA - Popped! Festival
September 24 Boston, MA - Paradise Rock Club
October 15 Pensacola, FL - DeLuna Festival

Death Cab for Cutie
Death Cab for Cutie are set to head out for another leg of their tour in support of their latest album Codes and Keys. This next round of shows will include appearances at several large venues, including a homecoming gig at the Key Arena in Seattle on October 22nd.

August 1 Boston, MA - Bank of America Pavilion
August 2 Brooklyn, NY - Williamsburg Waterfront
August 5 Philadelphia, PA - Mann Center for Performing Arts
August 6 Pittsburgh, PA - Stage AE
August 7 Columbia, MD - Merriweather Post Pavilion
August 8 Cary, NC - Koka Booth Amphitheater
August 10 Nashville, TN - Bridgestone Arena
August 11 Alpharetta, GA - Verizon Wireless Amphitheater
August 13 Grand Prairie, TX - Verizon Theater
August 15 Phoenix, AZ - Comerica Theater
August 16 La Jolla, CA - RIMAC Arena
August 18 Los Angeles, CA - Greek Theater
August 19 Los Angeles, CA - Greek Theater
August 20 Las Vegas, NV - The Pool
August 22 West Valley City, UT - Maverik Center
August 23 Morrison, CO - Red Rocks Amphitheater
August 25 Chicago, IL - UIC Pavilion
August 26 St. Paul, MN - Roy Wilkins Auditorium
September 30 Cincinnati, OH - PNC Pavilion at Riverbend Music
October 1 Champaign, IL - University of Illinois-Assembly
October 2 St. Louis, MO - The Pageant
October 5 Memphis, TN - Mud Island Amphitheater
October 7 Jacksonville, FL - Florida Theater
October 8 Sunrise, FL - Langerado Music Festival
October 10 Houston, TX - Verizon Wireless Theater
October 11 Austin, TX - Austin Music Hall
October 15 Santa Barbara, CA - Santa Barbara Bowl
October 16 San Francisco, CA - Treasure Island Music Festival
October 18 Boise, ID - Taco Bell Arena
October 20 Portland, OR - Portland Memorial Coliseum
October 21 Vancouver, BC - Rogers Arena
October 22 Seattle, WA - Key Arena at Seattle Center

Kings of Convenience
Norwegian folk-pop duo Kings of Convenience will make a rare excursion to the West Coast of the United States in October. The band will only play two concerts, and the dates are as follows:

October 26 Los Angeles, CA - The Music Box
October 28 San Francisco, CA - The Fillmore