The trek is set to kick off two weeks after the band finishes a lengthy U.K. jaunt dubbed the Civic Pride Tour.

They’ll start in Canada, playing Toronto and Montreal February 25-26 before moving through the Eastern U.S. and across the country.

Matador labelmates The New Pornographers will be along for the ride in support of their brand new release, Twin Cinema. They’ll open on all North American shows except Vancouver, B.C., and a South by Southwest stop in Texas, where B&S will showcase with Mogwai, Cat Power and Pretty Girls Make Graves.

The itinerary runs for a full month, with Boston, New York City, Washington, D.C., and Los Angeles getting two shows apiece. A March 25 gig in Seattle is the last date booked.

On Belle & Sebastian’s Web site, a message from the group sympathized with fans who might complain about ticket surcharges.

“Almost all the venues have deals with the big ticket agencies, so either we just swallow it or we play places so small that a) we don’t fit and b) only 150 people get in,” the post said. “At least this way you get the choice of whether to buy a ticket or not.

“Clearly it’s not the cheapest ticket on the market either, but it costs what it costs and I think the addition of The New Pornographers makes it pretty decent value for money. Rest assured that nobody is laughing all the way to the bank. Except the ticket agencies …”