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Tennis explains how it all began, share personal, ocean-themed letter, announce tour dates

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By now, its no secret: Tennis was born out of months at sea, after which newlyweds Alaina Moore and Patrick Riley came home and made and record. A whirlwind of interest in the band and a deal with Fat Possum Records followed, and now the duo is readying the release of its debut, Cape Dory, in early 2011.

But in a recent interview with San Francisco-based yourstru.ly, we get the story of Tennis' formation, straight from the mouthes of Moore and Riley, along with a live performance of "Pigeon" from the upcoming record. (As a bonus, the couple shared a illustrated letter with yourstru.ly that Riley wrote to Moore while he was preparing for their trip. Aw, how cute.)

Tennis play Washington D.C.'s 9:30 Club tonight, and are set to come back to Denver for a show at the hi-dive in February. Here's a full list of dates:

Tour Dates

Tennis

12/05 - Kung Fu Neck Tie - Philadelphia, PA 12/06 - Middle East Club - Cambridge, MA 12/07 - Casa Del Popolo - Montreal, QC 12/08 - The Drake Hotel - Toronto, ON 12/10 - Schubas Tavern - Chicago, IL 12/11 - Mojo's - Columbia, MO 01/27 - Urban Lounge - Salt Lake City, UT 01/28 - Neurolux - Boise, ID 01/29 - Mississippi Studios - Portland, OR 01/31 - Media Club - Vancouver, BC 02/01 - The Crocodile - Seattle, WA 02/03 - Bottom of the Hill - San Francisco, CA 02/04 - The Echo - Los Angeles, CA 02/05 - Tin Can Ale House - San Diego, CA 02/07 - Hotel Congress - Tucson, AZ 02/08 - Rhythm Room - Tempe, AZ 02/10 - hi-dive - Denver, CO

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