Spoon kicking off tour at SXSW

Austin band also booked at Radio City Music Hall

NEW YORK -- As Spoon gets ready for release next week of its seventh album, "Transference," the indie rock quartet has announced a headlining tour.

Set to kick off in their hometown of Austin on March 17 as a part of of the South by Southwest 2010 music festival, Spoon will play a mix of clubs and small theaters around the country. The only exception is a March 26 date at New York's Radio City Music Hall, the band's first appearance in the room and one of their highest-profile gigs to date.

Also on tap are multiple night runs in Washington, Denver, Minneapolis and Seattle as well as an April Fool's Days show at Chicago's Aragon Ballroom.

The 21-date tour will feature Atlanta garage-psych band Deerhunter in tow for the entire trek. The Strange Boys will serve as the opener for the first half, and Micachu & the Shapes will join for the second half.

In preparation of "Transference," Spoon is streaming the entire record via NPR.com and will celebrate the album's release with an appearance on "The Tonight Show With Conan O'Brien."

Although they've been active since the mid-'90s, Spoon's popularity has soared over the past several years. The band's most recent album, 2007's "Ga Ga Ga Ga Ga," has sold 318,000, according to Nielsen SoundScan, and peaked at No. 10 on the Billboard 200.

Here are Spoon's tour dates:

March 17: Austin (Stubbs)
March 18: New Orleans (Republic)
March 19: Birmingham, Ala. (Workplay Soundstage)
March 20: Atlanta (Tabernacle)
March 22-23: Washington (9:30 Club)
March 24: Richmond, Va. (The National)
March 26: New York (Radio City Music Hall)
March 27: Boston (House of Blues)
March 29: Toronto (Sound Academy)
March 30: Royal Oak, Mich. (Royal Oak Music Theatre)
April 1: Chicago (Aragon Ballroom)
April 2-3: Minneapolis (First Avenue)
April 5-6: Denver (Ogden Theatre)
April 7: Salt Lake City (In the Venue)
April 9-10: Seattle (Moore Theatre)
April 11: Vancouver (Orpheum Theatre)
April 13: Oakland (Fox Theater)