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