"Having been sucked struggling into the slough of despond that is Return to Cookie Mountain only to swim out a wholer, if muddier, man, I first took exception to the graceless lyrics they croon and groan on top of their catchy new funk. Transmutation of the negative--seemed too easy, a time-worn rock trick. But listen to the music as much as you'll want to and slowly the verbal opacities dissipate. You'll notice zingers like "Keep your dancing shoes off mine," "scared to death that I'm livin' a life not worth dying for." And eventually, if you pay attention, you'll hear an album that makes sense of the public lives of club-scene warrior-laborers who have kept it real and turned into affluent young professionals anyway. The thing about the indie-rock life is that even its depressives, not just mere realists like these guys, have a pretty good time. That's the point, right? So they retain their realism while celebrating the bright side. On the glorious "Red Dress," they also make clear that they haven't transcended their racial identity, no matter how much indie-rock wants to think so. Transcending race just isn't something that happens in America--at least not yet. A" [Robert Christgau]

TV on the Radio have announced a tour that includes a June 5th show at Central Park Summerstage. Tickets for the whole tour go on presale this Friday. The Summerstage show then goes on regular sale ($30 advanced) one week after that. All dates below...

TV on the Radio - 2009 Tour Dates
Apr 18 - Coachella Indio, California
May 12 - Headliners Music Hall Louisville, Kentucky
May 16 - Stubbs Austin, Texas
May 18 - Diamond Ballroom Oklahoma City, Oklahoma
May 22 - Fox Oakland Theatre Oakland, California
May 23 - Roseland Theatre Portland, Oregon
May 25 - Malkin Bowl Vancouver, British Columbia
May 27 - Edmonton Events Center Edmonton, Alberta
May 28 - Macewan Hall Calgary, Alberta
May 29 - Louis' Pub Saskatoon, Saskatchewan
Jun 2 - Sound Academy Toronto, Ontario
Jun 3 - Metropolis Montreal, Quebec
Jun 4 - House of Blues Boston, Massachusetts
Jun 5 - Central Park Summer Stage New York, New York
Jun 8 - 9:30 Club Washington, Washington DC
Jun 11-14 - Bonnaroo

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