TV on the Radio haven't earned marquee status or VMA nominations like their friends in the Yeah Yeah Yeahs. But the band's buzz, like the dark, rhythmic momentum of its songs, continues to build.
The group's debut full-length, Desperate Youth, Bloodthirsty Babes, is a finalist for the prestigious Shortlist Music Prize (see "Shortlist Prize Finalists: A Mixtape From The Stars") and one of its songs was featured in "The Manchurian Candidate" (see "TV On The Radio Deliver Sharp Social Commentary In A Minimalist Package"). The Brooklyn art-rockers hope to capitalize on the accolades the album has received with a busy fall schedule that includes a tour and new music.
Starting October 6 in Chicago, TVOTR will head out on a two-month jaunt with the Faint, the last tour they'll embark on until next year. Even though TVOTR have spent most of 2004 on the road, lead singer Tunde Adebimpe said he's looking forward to the upcoming dates. "I'm psyched to go out and play," he said. "I try to have very, very few expectations for a tour, though, because so much can go right — and wrong — that a good place to start is from zero."
The band will release a three-song EP on October 12. The disc combines the album version of "The Wrong Way" with two new songs: a haunting cover of the Yeah Yeah Yeahs' "Modern Romance" and a spastic dance-rock track called "New Health Rock." Both were recorded while the band was on tour earlier this year.
The group will finish out the year with two special shows opening up for the reunited Pixies, December 8 in Washington, D.C., and December 11 in New York. A hidden track on the group's debut EP, Young Liars, was a cover of the Pixies' "Mr. Grieves."
"Four months ago, I was saying, 'God, I hope I get to see the Pixies, I hope I get to see the Pixies.' And then someone calls and says [I'm] playing with them," marveled Adebimpe. "It's cool. I would say thank you to them but the more I learn about what goes into this, they might not even know we're playing with them. I'm still glad we're doing it, though."
After the shows, TVOTR plan to take three to four months off before heading back into the studio.
TV on the Radio tour dates, according to the band's spokesperson. All dates with the Faint except as indicated:
- 10/6 - Chicago, IL @ Metro/Smart Bar
- 10/7 - Chicago, IL @ Metro/Smart Bar
- 10/9 - Detroit, MI @ Majestic Theatre
- 10/10 - Toronto, ON @ Lee's Palace
- 10/11 - Montreal, QC @ La Tulip
- 10/12 - Boston, MA @ The Roxy
- 10/14 - Philadelphia, PA @ Starlight
- 10/15 - New York, NY @ Irving Plaza (headlining date)
- 10/16 - New York, NY @ Webster Hall
- 10/17 - Washington, DC @ 9:30 Club
- 10/18 - Raleigh, NC @ Disco Rodeo
- 10/19 - Atlanta, GA @ Variety Playhouse
- 10/21 - Jacksonville, FL @ Freebird Live
- 10/22 - Miami, FL @ Polish American Club
- 10/23 - Orlando, FL @ The Social
- 10/25 - Nashville, TN @ Exit/In
- 10/26 - Columbia, MO @ Blue Note
- 11/2 - Denver, CO @ Ogden Theatre
- 11/5 - Vancouver, BC @ Richard's On Richards
- 11/6 - Seattle, WA @ Showbox
- 11/7 - Portland, OR @ Roseland Ballroom
- 11/9 - San Francisco, CA @ Grand Ballroom
- 11/10 - San Francisco, CA @ Bimbo's 365 Club
- 11/12 - Pomona, CA @ Glass House
- 11/13 - San Diego, CA @ SOMA
- 11/14 - Los Angeles, CA @ Mayan Theatre
- 11/15 - Los Angeles, CA @ Mayan Theatre
- 11/16 - Las Vegas, NV @ House Of Blues
- 11/17 - Tempe, AZ @ Marquee Theatre
- 11/19 - Fort Worth, TX @ Ridglea Theater
- 11/20 - Austin, TX @ La Zona Rosa
- 11/21 - Houston, TX @ Numbers
- 12/8 - Washington, DC @ Constitution Hall (with the Pixies)
- 12/11 - New York, NY @ Hammerstein Ballroom (with the Pixies)