Stereolab kicked off their 2022 North American tour on Tuesday night at Nashville's Marathon Music Works, a cavernous former automobile factory that is now a very nice venue. The band haven't toured North America in three years and hadn't played live at all since November 2021. There was a bit of knocking the dust off their boots and instruments, but they got into to the (motorik) groove pretty quickly.

Their Nashville setlist also kicked the dust off quite a few songs from their extensive, labyrinthine catalog, playing a few for the very first time, including "Supah Jaianto" from their 2010 album Not Music, and "Simple Headphone Mind" from their 1997 collab with Nurse With Wound. Stereolab also played the full, four-part (17-minute!) version of Dots and Loops' "Refractions In The Plastic Pulse" for the very first time, and it was also the first time they'd played any part of that song since 1999. Another nugget: "Laisser-faire" from their 1992 Low-Fi EP got its first performance in 30 years.

The Marathon Music Works show was more geared toward obsessive fans, the types who were anxiously awaiting the two recent volumes of their Switched-On non-LP track compilations (like the just-released Vol 5), than casual fans, but they did play a handful of groop classics, including "Miss Modular," "Pack Yr Romantic Mind," and "French Disko." Chemical Chords' "Neon Beanbag" got the evening off to a perky start, and "Super Electric" closed their main set with a roar. As cool as it was to get some very deep cuts, a song from Emperor Tomato Ketchup would've been welcome. Their setlists across this tour are likely to be Switched-Up a lot, though. Check out the setlist below.

The band sounded terrific, especially drummer Andy Ramsay, without whom tracks like "Refractions in the Plastic Pulse" would prove difficult, and keyboardist Joseph Watson, whose varied work carries the band from their dronier material through their lighter, jazzier easy-listening side. Guitarist and bandleader Tim Gane, meanwhile, was as usual lost in his his own zone, head swaying back and forth, chugging out the looping riffs. Laetitia Sadier remains Stereolab's switch-hitter, playing guitar and keyboard leads when not soothing the crowd with her still-bewitching voice that harmonized most often with bassist Xavier Muñoz Guimera.

Opening on this tour are Fievel is Glauque, aka the American-Belgian duo of Zach Phillips and Ma Clément. For these shows, they're playing a five-piece, including a saxophonist/flautist. Their set of skronky jazz-pop with Brazilian influences complemented Stereolab's perfectly; definitely worth showing up early for.

Stereolab's tour hits Atlanta tonight (9/7) and rolls into NYC next month for two nights at Brooklyn Steel on October 10 & 11. All tour dates are listed below.

SETLIST: Stereolab @ Marathon Music Works, Nashville 9/6/2022
Neon Beanbag
Eye of the Volcano
Refractions in the Plastic Pulse
U.H.F. - MFP
Supah Jaianto
Miss Modular
I Feel the Air (of Another Planet)
Pack Yr Romantic Mind

The Man With 100 Cells
French Disko
Simple Headphone Mind

Sept 7th | Atlanta, GA - The Eastern
Sept 9th | Austin, TX - Austin City Limits Live at The Moody Theatre
Sept 10th | Houston, TX - White Oak Music Hall
Sept 11th | Dallas, TX - House of Blues
Sept 13th | Denver, CO - Ogden Theatre
Sept 15th | Los Angeles, CA - The Wiltern
Sept 16th | Los Angeles, CA - Primavera LA
Sept 17th | San Diego, CA - The Observatory North Park
Sept 19th | San Francisco, CA - The Fillmore
Sept 20th | San Francisco, CA - The Fillmore
Sept 23rd | Portland, OR - Roseland Theatre
Sept 24th | Vancouver, BC - Commodore Ballroom
Sept 25th | Seattle, WA - The Showbox
Sept 28th | Minneapolis, MN - First Avenue
Sept 29th | Chicago, IL - Riviera Theatre
Sept 30th | Detroit, MI - Majestic Theatre
Oct 1st | Toronto, ON - History
Oct 2nd | Montreal, QC - MTELUS
Oct 4th | Boston, MA - Roadrunner
Oct 5th | Hudson, NY - Basilica Hudson
Oct 7th | Philadelphia, PA - Franklin Music Hall
Oct 8th | Washington, DC - 9.30 Club [Late show]
Oct 10th | Brooklyn, NY - Brooklyn Steel
Oct 11th | Brooklyn, NY - Brooklyn Steel
Oct 12th | Charlottesville, VA - The Jefferson Theater
Oct 14th | Carrboro, NC - Cat's Cradle
Oct 15th | Asheville, NC - The Orange Peel
Oct 26th | Paris, FR - La Gaité Lyrique
Oct 27th | Nantes, FR - Le Lieu Unique (Le Grand Atelier)
Oct 28th | Toulouse, FR - Le Metronum
Oct 30th | San Sebastian, ES - Dabadaba [SOLD OUT]
Oct 31st | Valencia, ES - Sala Moon
Nov 1st | Seville, ES - Sala X
Nov 3rd | Lisbon, PT - Lux Club
Nov 4th | Porto, PT - Hard Club
Nov 6th | Madrid, ES - La Riviera
Nov 7th | Barcelona, ES - Apolo
Nov 9th | Milan, IT - Magazzini Generali
Nov 10th | Rome, IT - Orion Club
Nov 11th | Avellino, IT - Cine-Teatro Partenio
Nov 12th | Trento, IT - Teatro SanbàPolis
Nov 14th | Munich, DE - Freiheitshalle
Nov 15th | Leipzig, DE - UT Connewitz
Nov 17th | Berlin, DE - Huxleys
Nov 18th | Hamburg, DE - Uebel & Gefaehrlich
Nov 19th | Dusseldorf, DE - Zakk
Nov 21st | Antwerp, BE - Trix
Nov 22nd | Amsterdam, NL - Paradiso
Nov 24th | Brighton, UK - Concorde 2
Nov 26th | Leeds, UK - Leeds Stylus Uni
Nov 27th | Manchester, UK - Manchester New Century
Nov 28th | Edinburgh, UK - Liquid Rooms
Nov 29th | Glasgow, UK - SWG3 TV Studio
Dec 2nd | London, UK - EartH Concert Hall
Dec 3rd | London, UK - EartH Concert Hall + Theatre

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