Franz Ferdinand heads out on pre-release tour

It's a gimmicky gambit, that title of Franz Ferdinand's upcoming third LP. But what the Tonight: Franz Ferdinand moniker lacks in elegance, it makes up for in marquee-preparedness.

Frontman Alex Kapranos has described the new album as "music of the night: to fling yourself around your room to as you psyche yourself for a night of hedonism, for the dance-floor, flirtation, for your desolate heart-stop, for losing it and loving losing it, for the chemical surge in your bloodstream."

Here's hoping that a subsequent live album is called Live Tonight: Franz Ferdinand, the inevitable early-morning supplement is Last Night: Franz Ferdinand and the eventual greatest hits compilation is Lost Nights: Franz Ferdinand.

The Scottish quartet will hit the road for the month ramp-up to Tonight's Jan. 26 release on Domino/Epic. Until then, enjoy the album's first single, "Ulysses":

These nights: Franz Ferdinand:

3 - Montreal, Quebec @ La Tulipe
4 - Toronto, Ontario @ Lee's Palace
6 - Boston, Mass. @ Orpheum Theatre (WFNX show)
8 - Portland, Ore. @ Crystal Ballroom (KNRK show)
9 - Vancouver, British Columbia @ Commodore Ballroom
11 - Oakland, Calif. @ Oracle Arena (Live 105 show)
12 - Las Vegas, Nev. @ The Joint (KVGS show)
14 - Los Angeles, Calif. @ Gibson Amphitheatre (KROQ show)
15 - San Diego, Calif. @ Canes
29 - Gisborne, New Zealand @ Rhythm & Vines Festival
30 - Marion Bay, Australia @ Falls Festival
31 - Lorne, Australia @ Falls Festival

3 - Busselton, Australia @ Southbound Festival
5 - Melbourne, Australia @ Palace Theatre
6 - Sydney, Australia @ Enmore Theatre
8 - Brisbane, Australia @ Sunset Sounds Festival
14 - Edinburgh, Scotland @ The Picture House
20 - London, England @ Heaven

Related links:
News: Franz Ferdinand eyes spring for new record
Features: Franz Ferdinand: Ready for the Spotlight

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