Violet Clark and Black Francis are Grand Duchy

The Pixies’ Frank Black is touring North America next month in two guises: as Black Francis, and with Grand Duchy, the grungy synthpop duo he started with wife Violet Clark.

With the no-longer-dormant Pixies currently playing a spate of European festival dates and semi-private club shows, the erstwhile Charles Michael Kittridge Thompson IV yesterday unveiled a month’s worth of tour dates that include a dozen Black Francis solo shows and six Grand Duchy gigs between July 6 and Aug 4 (see dates below).

Whether this quashes fans’ hopes to see Pixies dates booked in the U.S. this summer remains to be seen, but Black’s publicists do note that his solo-acoustic shows will “draw on material from his entire career.”

Black Francis/Grand Duchy tour dates:

July 6: Starlight, Edmonton, Alberta (Black Francis)
July 7: The Grand, Calgary, Alberta (Black Francis)
July 8: The Exchange, Regina, Saskatchewan (Black Francis)
July 10: Triple Rock, Minneapolis, MN (Black Francis)
July 11: High Noon, Madison, WI (early show) (Black Francis)
July 14: Club Café, Pittsburgh, PA (Black Francis)
July 15: Avalon Theatre, Easton, MD (Black Francis)
July 16: Black Cat: Washington, DC (Grand Duchy)
July 17: Maxwell’s, Hoboken, NJ (Grand Duchy)
July 18: Siren Festival, Coney Island, New York, NY (Grand Duchy)
July 19: Middle East, Cambridge, MA (Grand Duchy)
July 20: Beachcomber, Wellfleet, MA (Black Francis)
July 23: Grog Shop, Cleveland, OH (Black Francis)
July 24: Subterranean , Chicago, IL (Grand Duchy)
July 25: Wicker Park Festival, Chicago, IL (Grand Duchy)
July 29: Walnut Room, Denver, CO (Black Francis)
Aug. 2: Triple Door, Seattle, WA (Black Francis)
Aug. 4: Aladdin Theatre, Portland, OR (Black Francis)

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