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Yeah Yeah Yeahs to hit Minneapolis on limited U.S. tour

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Franz Ferdniand tonight, Sonic Youth in July, Yeah Yeah Yeahs in May... looks like First Avenue might have a future in this industry after all.

The Yeah Yeah Yeahs' announcement of their 2009 tour in support of It's Blitz, the strictly so-so third album from the otherwise inventive and forward thinking rock trio, contains a few surprises, not the least of which is the fact that a small desert island of domestic dates is surrounded on both sides by a month of touring abroad.

Odd decision, that-- the album has sold well stateside, and has netted positive reviews. Maybe they want to get off the continent while this swine flu thing blows over? Who knows.

Yeah Yeah Yeahs performing "Maps" live at the MTV Movie Awards.

In any case, don't waste any time feeling sorry for those schmucks in Boise, Montana. We're getting the Yeah Yeah Yeahs on May 30, and it's a good thing. There's no opener yet listed for the show. Our own pick? Gospel Gossip. Seems like a no-brainer to us-- their equally symphonic and bare bones by turns, neither act is a stranger to that big black stage.

YEAH YEAH YEAHs SUMMER TOUR 2009

04-29 Amsterdam, Netherlands - Paradiso

04-30 Paris, France - Bataclan

05-02 Hasselt, Belgium - Polsslag Festival

05-03 Cologne, Germany - Live Music Hall

05-04 Milan, Italy - Magazzini Generale

05-06 Berlin, Germany - Columbiahalle

05-08 Stockholm, Sweden - Debaser Medis

05-10 Tel Aviv, Israel - Ramat Gan Football Stadium

05-23 Quincy, WA - Sasquatch Festival

05-26 Chicago, IL - Riviera Theatre

05-27 Detroit, MI - Clutch Cargos

05-28 Columbus, OH - Newport Music Hall

05-30 Minneapolis, MN - First Ave.

05-31 Milwaukee, WI - Eagles Club

06-02 St. Louis, MO - The Pageant

06-03 Kansas City, MO - MO - The Beaumont

06-06 Mountain View, CA - Live 105 BFD

06-12 Manchester, TN - Bonnaroo

06-26 St. Gallen, Switzerland - Open Air St. Gallen

06-27 Evreux, France - Le Rock dans tous Ses Etats

06-30 Vienna, Austria - Open Air

07-01 Prague, Czech Republic - Roxy

07-03 Belfort, France - Eurokeenes Festival

07-04 Werchter, Belgium - Werchter Festival

07-05 Roskilde, Denmark - Roskilde Festival

07-07 Hamburg, Germany - Docks

07-10 Balado, Scotland - T In The Park Festival

07-11 Dublin, Ireland - Oxegen Festival

07-31 Jersey City, NJ - All Points West

08-29 Leeds, England - Leeds Festival

08-30 Reading, England - Reading Festival