Exclusive: TV on the Radio Unveil North American Tour

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by William Goodman

Who? Genre-defying quintet TV on the Radio, best identified by swirling, fuzzed-out instrumentation, inventive arrangements, and -- most notably -- frontman Tunde Adebimpe pitched vocals and core member Dave Sitek's guitar work, ethereal loops, and heavy-handed production gloss.

What? A 28-date outing behind the quintet's new album, the Spin-explored Dear Science. Beginning at Portland, OR's Musicfest NW Sept. 5, the jaunt -- toting Spin Breaking Out artist Miles Benjamin Anthony Robinson and Motor City garage rockers the Dirtbombs -- will hit assorted West Coast cities before skipping across the nation for a trek through major Eastern Seaboard metropolises. From there, the heady fivesome will head West once again, wrapping in San Diego Nov. 8.

More on SPIN.com: >>New TV on the Radio Album Due September 23 >> TV on the Radio Make Waves at Montreal Jazz Fest >> Review: Miles Benjamin Anthony Robinson, Miles Benjamin Anthony Robinson (Say Hey)

Should I Go? Absolutely. As TV on the Radio proved with Return to Cookie Mountain -- their sophomore set that garnered the band Spin's Artist of the Year cover -- these Brooklynites are atop the foremost creative echelon in today's music world. And their live set, which SPIN.com caught at Montreal's Jazz Fest, is certainly on par and just as inventive and awe-inspiring as the remainder of their canon.

TV on the Radio tour dates:

9/5, Portland, OR (Musicfest NW) *9/6, Seattle, WA (Showbox) *9/7, Vancouver, British Columbia (Commodore Ballroom) * 9/9, Calgary, Alberta (Macewan Ballroom) * 9/10, Edmonton, Alberta (Starlite Room) *9/12, Boise, ID (Knitting Factory) * 9/13, Salt Lake City, UT (In the Venue) * 9/14, Red Rocks, CO (Monolith Festival)9/19, San Diego, CA (Street Scene)9/20,San Francisco, CA (Treasure Island Festival)10/10, Philadelphia, PA (Electric Factory) + 10/11, Providence, RI (Lupos) + 10/13, Boston, MA (Wilbur Theatre) + 10/14, Brooklyn, NY (Masonic Temple) + 10/15, Brooklyn, NY (Masonic Temple)10/18, Cincinnati, OH (Bogarts) + 10/19, Indianapolis, IN (Vogue Theatre) + 10/20, Minneapolis, MN (First Ave) + 10/21, Minneapolis, MN (First Ave) + 10/22, Chicago, IL (Riviera) + 10/24, New Orleans, LA (Voodoo Festival) + 10/25, Atlanta, GA (Tabernacle) + 10/26, Knoxville, TN (Bijou Theatre) +10/28, Dallas, TX (Lakewood Theatre) + 10/30, Austin, TX (Stubbs) + 10/31, Oklahoma City, OK (Diamond Ballroom) + 11/6, Los Angeles, CA (Wiltern) + 11/8, San Diego, CA (4th and B) +

( * w/ Miles Benjamin Anthony Robinson) ( + w/ the Dirtbombs)

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