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TV on the Radio release guitar-driven single 'Happy Idiot'

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After a decade-plus of being called an indie rock band without ever really sounding like one, avant-rockers TV on the Radio have released “Happy Idiot,” a track that emphasizes clean-toned guitar and accessible pop hooks over the atmosphere and electronic textures the rest of their discography’s been built on. The latest single from their upcoming album Seeds is as lyrically direct as it is musically, with frontman Tunde Adebimpe musing on non-thinking as a strategy for coping with emotional pain, sort of a less substance-centric relative of Sia’s “Chandelier” and Tove Lo’s “Habits (Stay High).” Seeds drops Nov. 18, and the band will be touring beforehand starting in mid-October.

TVOTR tour dates:

Oct. 17 Santa Barbara, CA (Santa Barbara Bowl)

Oct. 18 Big Sur, CA (Henry Miller Library)

Oct. 19 San Francisco, CA (Treasure Island Music Festival)

Oct. 22 Los Angeles, CA (Regent)

Oct. 24 Joshua Tree, CA (Pappy & Harriets)

Oct. 25 Las Vegas, NV (Life is Beautiful)

Nov. 12 Toronto, Ontario (Phoenix)

Nov. 13 Montreal, Quebec  (Corona)

Nov. 14 Boston, MA (Paradise)

Nov. 16 Washington DC (9:30 Club)

Nov. 17 Philadelphia, PA (Union Transfer)

Nov. 18 New York, NY (Apollo)

Nov. 21-22 Brooklyn, NY (Music Hall of Williamsburg)

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