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 18 Indio, CA Empire Polo Field @ Coachella Fesitval
May 12 Louisville, KY Headliners Music Hall
May 16 Austin, TX Stubb’s Waller Creek Amphitheater
May 17 Dallas, TX House of Blues
May 18 Oklahoma City, OK Diamond Ballroom
May 22 Oakland, CA Fox Theater
May 23 Portland, OR Roseland Theater
May 24 Quincy, WA Gorge Amphitheatre @ Sasquatch! Music Festival
May 25 Vancouver, BC Malkin Bowl
May 27 Edmonton, AB Edmonton Event Centre
May 28 Calgary, AB MacEwan Hall Ballroom
May 29 Saskatoon, SK Louis’
June 2 Toronto, ON Sound Academy
June 3 Montreal, QC Metropolis
June 4 Boston, MA House Of Blues
June 5 New York, NY Central Park SummerStage
June 8 Washington, DC 9:30 Club