By Leah Greenblatt
Updated February 25, 2010 at 04:58 PM EST

Image Credit: John Shearer/Getty ImagesThe silent H in Thom—perhaps it stands for “hey dude, that is an interesting choice for a new band name”?

Several weeks ago, when the ever-enigmatic Radiohead frontman was announced as a solo headliner at this year’s Coachella Festival as “Thom Yorke????,” fans were perplexed. It was, it turns out, Yorke’s half-serious holding place for his collaboration with Flea from the Red Hot Chili Peppers, producer Nigel Godrich, and longtime studio pros Joey Waronker (Beck, Smashing Pumpkins, R.E.M.) and Mauro Refosco (David Byrne, Bebel Gilberto).

Today, on Radiohead’s official website, Yorke dropped news of the group’s upcoming tour dates (see below), as well as its newly-christened name, a choice he calls “bleedin’ obvious”: Atoms for Peace. A reference to, apparently, to a song on Yorke’s 2007 solo debut The Eraser that was in turn perhaps an allusion to Dwight D. Eisenhower speech to the U.N. Assembly in 1953.

Peaceful use of atomic energy? Thumbs up. A name that sounds like an anti-nuke after-school club? (Marching this Tuesday with Molecules for Amnesty!) Thumbs… sideways, with a downward tilt. Oh well. Things could be so much worse.

Anyway, here are the dates, with opening act Flying Lotus. Enjoy, little protons:

04.05 New York City, NY: Roseland Ballroom

04.06 New York City, NY: Roseland Ballroom

04.08 Boston, MA: Citi Wang Theatre

04.10 Chicago, IL: Aragon Ballroom

04.11 Chicago, IL: Aragon Ballroom

04.14 Oakland, CA: Fox Theatre

04.15 Oakland, CA: Fox Theatre

04.17 Santa Barbara, CA: Santa Barbara Bowl

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