Hot Chip Announce Fall Tour

Critical Mass

by William Goodman

Who? Brit sing-along-spurring electro-nerds Hot Chip, captained by bespectacled frontman Alexis Taylor, and featuring his crew of funky multi-instrumentalists Felix Martin, Al Doyle, Owen Clarke, and Joe Goddard.

What? A 15-date nationwide tour, the quintet's second in support of their Spin-praised set Made in the Dark. Kicking off with a two-night stand at Los Angeles' Wiltern, the outing, also featuring back-to-back gigs in Chicago and New York, will then hit Tucson, Dallas, and Austin, as well as cities up and down the East Coast from Toronto to Atlanta.

Should I go? Yes. With tunes from 2005's laid-back, soulful debut Coming on Strong and 2006's melodic, robo-dance opus The Warning, Hot Chip always put on a show worth catching, igniting arms-flailing-in-the-air, audience-wide dance-alongs. And Made in the Dark -- which, as a statement confirms, was written to be performed live -- is the outfit's best yet, its odd fusion of dance-pop balladry and bedroom blips and blops delivering an overbearing desire to shimmy down.

Hot Chip tour dates:

9/21, Los Angeles, CA (Wiltern)9/22, Los Angeles, CA (Wiltern)9/23, Tucson, AZ (Rialto Theater)9/25, Dallas, TX (Palladium Ballroom)9/26, Austin, TX (Austin City Limits)9/28, Chicago, IL (Metro)9/29, Chicago, IL (Metro)9/30, Toronto, Ontario (Koolhaus)10/1, Montreal, Quebec (Metropolis)10/3, New York, NY (Terminal 5)10/4, New York, NY (Terminal 5)10/5, Philadelphia, PA (The Trocadero)10/7, Baltimore, MD (Rams Head Live)10/8, Washington, DC (9:30 Club)10/9, Atlanta, GA (Variety Playhouse)

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