As they await the release of their latest studio effort, the alternative rock experimenters of Sonic Youth have lined up plans for a summer...

As they await the release of their latest studio effort, the alternative rock experimenters of Sonic Youth have lined up plans for a summer tour of the U.S. The 21-city venture begins June 28 at Vic Theatre in Chicago, IL, and closes August 2 at Fox Theater in Oakland, CA.

During its five-week run, the tour will perform from coast to coast, including a July 3 gig at United Palace in New York, NY, a July 13 show at Variety Playhouse in Atlanta, GA, a July 21 concert at First Avenue in Minneapolis, MN, and a July 31 session at Ogden Theatre in Denver, CO. Ticket pre-sales for the tour begin May 1, followed by the start of public on-sales on May 2.

Sonic Youth’s upcoming tour supports their sixteenth studio album, “The Eternal,” due in stores on June 9. The effort is a follow-up to 2006’s “Rather Ripped” and the band’s first release on Matador Records since fulfilling a long-standing contract with Geffen.

Formed in the early 1980s, Sonic Youth currently comprises frontman and principal songwriter Thurston Moore, vocalist and multi-instrumentalist Kim Gordon, lead guitarist Lee Ranaldo, bassist Mark Ibold and drummer Steve Shelley. Both Moore and Ranaldo have received critical acclaim for their inventive experiments on guitar and were respectively named the 33rd and 34th “Greatest Guitarists of All Time” by Rolling Stone.

Before beginning the U.S. trek, the iconic band will perform on May 16 at the No Fun Fest at the Music Hall of Williamsburg in Brooklyn, NY. Ranaldo will not be at the event, but Sonic Youth’s official Web site hints at a special stand-in for that day’s “Lee’d guitar” duties.

Sonic Youth itinerary:
(Dates are subject to change.)

May 16Brooklyn, NYNo Fun Fes @ Music Hall of Williamsburg
June 28Chicago, ILVic Theatre
June 29Royal Oak, MIRoyal Oak Music Theatre
July 2Philadelphia, PAElectric Factory
July 3New York, NYUnited Palace
July 7Washington, DC9:30 Club
July 8Richmond, VAThe National
July 10Knoxville, TNBijou Theatre
July 11Nashville, TNWar Memorial Auditorium
July 12Birmingham, ALSloss Furnaces National Historic Landmark
July 13Atlanta, GAVariety Playhouse
July 15Dallas, TXHouse of Blues
July 16Tulsa, OKCain’s Ballroom
July 18Kansas City, MOUptown Theater
July 20Milwaukee, WITurner Hall Ballroom
July 21Minneapolis, MNFirst Avenue
July 23Boise, IDKnitting Factory Concert House
July 25Seattle, WACapitol Hill Block Party
July 28Portland, ORRoseland Theater
July 30Salt Lake City, UTTwilight Music Fest
July 31Denver, COOgden Theatre
August 2Oakland, CAFox Theater