YYY Target April Release

NYC band joins Interscope roster, sets street date, tour

February 28, 2003 12:00 AM ET

The Yeah Yeah Yeahs will release their debut album, tentatively titled Fever to Tell, on April 29th. The New York art-rockers ended months of rumors and speculation by signing with Interscope Records.

Their previous efforts, the EPs Yeah Yeah Yeahs and Machine, were released on Chicago indie label, Touch and Go Records. The band will kick off a tour on April 3rd in their hometown and wrap things up in the same place for a two night stand at Irving Plaza.

Yeah Yeah Yeahs tour dates:

4/3: New York, Bowery Ballroom
4/5: Philadelphia, First Unitarian Church
4/6: Washington D.C., Black Cat
4/7: Carrboro, NC, Cat's Cradle
4/8: Atlanta, Echo Lounge
4/11: Houston, Fat Joe's
4/12: Denton, TX, Rubber Gloves
4/13: Austin, TZ, Emo's
4/16: Tucson, AZ, Club Congress
4/17: San Diego, The Scene
4/18: Los Angeles, Henry Fonda Theater
4/20-21: San Francisco, Bottom of the Hill
4/24: Portland, Meow Meow
4/25: Seattle, Showbox
4/26: Vancouver, Richard's on Richard
4/29: Minneapolis, 400 Bar
4/30: Chicago, Metro
5/1: Detroit, Majestic Theater
5/2: Cleveland, Beachland Ballroom
5/7-8: New York, Irving Plaza

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