Broken Bells, the grand meeting of the minds of Danger Mouse and James Mercer of the Shins, has announced its first ever headlining trek of North America set to kick off on May 18 in San Diego. The Morning Benders will be along as the opener.

The duo’s debut album (released March 9 on Columbia) has to date sold nearly 50,000 copies, peaked at #1 on the iTunes Album Chart, and enjoyed the type of widespread critical fawning generally reserved for Animal Collective.

The Morning Benders to support

Tue-May-18-10 San Diego – Humphrey’s Concerts by the Bay
Wed-May-19-10 Los Angeles – Henry Fonda Theatre      
Fri-May-21-10 San Francisco – Regency Ballroom  
Mon-May-24-10 Portland – Wonder Ballroom
Tue-May-25-10 Seattle – Showbox at the Market
Wed-May-26-10 Vancouver – Commodore Ballroom    
Sat-May-29-10 Denver – Gothic Theatre
Mon-May-31-10 Chicago – Vic Theater
Tue-Jun-01-10 Detroit – St. Andrews Hall
Wed-Jun-02-10 Toronto – Queen Elizabeth Theatre
Fri-Jun-04-10 Boston – Royale NightClub
Sat-Jun-05-10 NY – The Fillmore New York at Irving Plaza
Sun-Jun-06-10 Philadelphia – Electric Factory
Mon-Jun-07-10 Washington, DC – 9:30 Club
Thu-Jun-10-10 Atlanta – Center Stage
Fri-Jun-11-10 Athens – 40 Watt Club