Art-rock quintet TV on the Radio will take their experimentation on the road later this spring for a round of headlining shows across North...

Art-rock quintet TV on the Radio will take their experimentation on the road later this spring for a round of headlining shows across North America. Following an April 19 appearance at Coachella, the tour launches May 12 at Headliners Music Hall in Louisville, KY.

The band — composed of vocalist Tunde Adebimpe, guitarist David Sitek, guitarist Kyp Malone, bassist Gerard Smith and drummer Jaleel Bunton — has 16 concerts booked for the trek, including the June 8 closer at 9:30 Club in Washington, DC. Along the way, the band will stop May 17 at the House of Blues in Dallas, TX; May 23 at Roseland Theater in Portland, OR; and June 2 at Sound Academy in Toronto, ON, among other dates.

TV on the Radio is touring in support of its fourth album, the 2008 release “Dear Science” that has earned accolades for its innovative instrumentation and deft mastery of dark lyrics. However, the band explained in a statement that beneath the macabre surface of their most recent album is a fun-loving group.

“You know how people always say that comedians are some of the saddest people in the world? Well, the opposite is true, too,” said Adebimpe in a statement on the band’s Web site. “As heavy as some of the songs get, the joking around that goes around between the five of us gets out of control sometimes.”

Malone agreed and pointed to the music of his youth, some of which could be categorized as goth. “It didn’t add to my ‘angst’ as a teenager. I simply identified with something in the music,” Malone said, adding, “It made me feel less alone, you know? If I could be that for someone else, that would make me happy. It’d be a real form of success for me.”


TV on the Radio itinerary:
(Dates are subject to change.)

April 18Indio, CAEmpire Polo Field @ Coachella Fesitval
May 12Louisville, KYHeadliners Music Hall
May 16Austin, TXStubb’s Waller Creek Amphitheater
May 17Dallas, TXHouse of Blues
May 18Oklahoma City, OKDiamond Ballroom
May 22Oakland, CAFox Theater
May 23Portland, ORRoseland Theater
May 24Quincy, WAGorge Amphitheatre @ Sasquatch! Music Festival
May 25Vancouver, BCMalkin Bowl
May 27Edmonton, ABEdmonton Event Centre
May 28Calgary, ABMacEwan Hall Ballroom
May 29Saskatoon, SKLouis’
June 2Toronto, ONSound Academy
June 3Montreal, QCMetropolis
June 4Boston, MAHouse Of Blues
June 5New York, NYCentral Park SummerStage
June 8Washington, DC9:30 Club