It’s “Lights” on and back to reality for Interpol this week. First the sad news of founding bassist Carlos Dengler exiting the band (“to follow another path”) came across the wires just days ago, and now the New York post-punk heroes have announced a slew of headlining dates while on the road with U2 this summer. Presales began today and end Friday, May 14 at 11:59pm PST.

As for Dengler’s replacement, the band confirmed that “very exciting new recruits” will fill in on bass in his absence.

Interpol Headlining Dates

06.21.2010 Water Street Music Hall•Rochester, NY
06.22.2010 Town Ballroom•Buffalo, NY
06.23.2010 Mr Small’s Theatre•Pittsburgh, PA
06.25.2010 Crocodile Rock Cafe•Allentown, PA
06.28.2010 People’s Court•Des Moines, IA
07.01.2010 Bogart’s•Cincinnati, OH
07.02.2010 House of Blues Cleveland•Cleveland, OH
07.05.2010 Blue Note•Columbia, MO
07.08.2010 40 Watt Club•Athens, GA
07.10.2010 The Music Farm•Charleston, SC
07.14.2010 Ram’s Head Live•Baltimore, MD
07.20.2010 Lupo’s Heartbreak Hotel•Providence, RI
07.21.2010 Toad’s Place•New Haven, CT
07.23.2010 Northern Lights•Clifton Park, NY
07.24.2010 Chameleon•Landcaster, PA