Mark Linkous and his trusty band of helpers are back in the summer...


are to preview material from their forthcoming album on a UK tour in the summer.

Mainman Mark Linkous, Scott Minor and new touring musician Todd Kelly will play a series of shows in July, including a support slot to Beth Gibbons in an outdoor concert at London Somerset House on July 12. It’s expected the band will play some new songs, though the follow-up to 2001’s ‘It’s A Wonderful Life’ is not expected until spring 2004. The album is currently being recorded in Hayseville, North Carolina.

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will support REM in Italy from July 22-24 and in the USA from September 23-30.

The UK dates are as follows:

Portsmouth Wedgewood Rooms (July 7)

Northampton Roadmender (8)

Cambridge Junction (10)

Colchester Arts Centre (11)

London Somerset House (12)

Brighton Concorde (14)

Manchester University (15)

Glasgow King Tut’s (16)

To buy tickets, [url=]click here or call the NME Ticketline on 0870 1 663 663..