Most current rock acts would be brought to their collective knees by a whimpering sound system. While the unflattering acoustics of 4th&B could have spoiled the evening, Tunde Adebimpe and his TV on the Radio cohorts are simply too talented to not put on a great show anyway. Their meandering set list featured classics such as "Wolf Like Me" along with newer gems from Nine Types of Light such as "Will Do" and "No Future Shock."
The Brooklyn-based band's energy peaked with a stellar rendition of "Red Dress" from 2008's Dear Science. Adebimpe and fellow front man Kyp Malone powered through the dissonance and distortion and delivered the infectious melodies that the sweat-soaked dance floor demanded.
It's hard to imagine what it must be like for TVOTR to be playing this run of shows on the heels of bassist Gerard Smith's death. Having just released their most commercially successful album to date and cemented their status among rock’s elite, it's tragic that Smith doesn't get to bask in the glow. His band mates march on to his lingering bass.
Concert: TV on the Radio
Date: May 13
Venue: 4th & B
Seats: General admission