Lead singer Tunde Adebimpe whistled, wind chimes tinkled, brass pipes rang out and guitars screeched as TV on the Radio kicked off its April 13th show at Radio City Music Hall with “Young Liars.”
It was a blistering start for this local band’s largest headlining show to date.
On the heels of the six-piece band’s fourth album, “Nine Types of Light,” the players were excited to show the crowd what they’d been working on since taking a break in 2009.
A trombone solo brought on “The Wrong Way,” which came with muscular drumming and audience clapping.
“Caffeinated Consciousness” was introduced with Adebimpe saying, “This is a jumping song.” Bassist Jaleel Bunton set the bottom before a thrashing guitar rift cut through. A screen behind the band displayed lines of light as the track moved between energy and calm.
The slowed-down “You” highlighted the album’s theme of love, with a taste of heartbreak in this cut. Guitarist Kyp Malone supplied a catchy scale as Dave Sitek’s slide guitar drifted beneath easy-going vocals.
Any chance to mellow out quickly faded with “Staring at the Sun” from the debut album “Desperate Youth, Blood Thirsty Babes,” which began with a howling guitar and ululations from Adebimpe before a drum machine kicked in.
“Wolf Like Me” had Malone’s hands moving like a saw across his strings and fans shouting the lines.
Since the original bassist, Gerard Smith, died from cancer last month, the band has rescheduled some postponed dates and will be on tour in Europe this summer and headlining the final night of the Pitchfork Music Festival in Chicago’s Union Park on July 17th.
Caveman in Top Hat
At the sold-out Bowery Ballroom on April 14th, headliners Wye Oak had a tough act to follow. Local rock outfit Caveman opened and then some.
The quintet began with an untitled new jam that built to a rollicking conclusion, nicely complemented by Guitarist Jimmy Carbonetti’s formal attire, including tie bar, vest and top hat.
“My Time” featured shimmering keyboards and lush harmonies -- the latter being one of the groups driving forces. Lead singer Matthew Iwanusa traded his guitar for a tambourine on “December 28th.” With the disco ball spinning overhead, primal sounding beats and synths stretched out over spacey guitar scales.
Just over a year together and yet older than most up-and- coming indie acts, this still-unsigned band comes across as fully seasoned. Of course, each member has spent time in other bands.
“Vampire/Old Friend” had a lengthy and heavy intro that had sound washing over the audience in waves. Feedback then carried the house into the night’s finale, “Decide,” an impressively fluid tune with Iwanusa’s soft vocals laid atop howling harmonies. A complete sound that’s ready to break out.
The guys will open for Yuck later this week at Bowery Ballroom. They’ll soon be releasing their debut album but until then, they will be on tour for nine May dates from Pennsylvania to Texas with Here You Go Magic.
Here’s a selection of New York-area shows in May. Please note that opening bands aren’t always listed. Shows marked (SO) are sold out, although online services such as Craigslist often have tickets:
May 2 Peter Bjorn & John (early & late) at Bowery Ballroom May 3 Someone Still Loves You Boris Yeltsin at The Rock Shop May 4 Foals/Freelance Whales/The Naked & Famous at Terminal 5 May 5 Jackie Greene at Brooklyn Bowl May 6 The Pains of Being Pure at Heart/Twin Shadow/Big Troubles Webster Hall May 7 Yuck/Caveman at Bowery Ballroom May 8 Interpol/Blonde Redhead at Terminal 5 May 9 John Maus/Gary War at Glasslands Gallery Eric Johnson with Anton Fig and Will Lee at the Bitter End May 10 Yo La Tengo at Bell House (SO) Eric Johnson with Anton Fig and Will Lee at the Bitter End May 11 Yo La Tengo at Bell House (SO) Manchester Orchestra/Cage the Elephant/O’Brother at Terminal 5 Eric Johnson with Anton Fig and Will Lee at the Bitter End May 12 Cass McCombs at Bowery Ballroom James Blake at Le Poisson Rouge (SO) May 13 David Vandervelde/Fences at Mercury Lounge May 14 Here We Go Magic/Porcelain Raft at Mercury Lounge May 15 CSS/Sleigh Bells at Bowery Ballroom (SO) May 16 Sherlocks Daughter at Knitting Factory May 17 Lykke Li/Grimes at Webster Hall (SO) May 18 Fleet Foxes/Cave Singers at United Palace Theater (SO) May 19 Fleet Foxes/Cave Singers at United Palace Theater (SO) The Antlers/Little Scream at Music Hall of Williamsburg (SO) May 20 The Antlers/Little Scream at Bowery Ballroom (SO) May 21 Tune-Yards/Buke and Gass at Music Hall of Williamsburg (SO) May 22 Elvis Costello & The Imposters at Beacon Theater (SO) May 23 Glasvegas at Bowery Ballroom Elvis Costello & The Imposters at Beacon Theater (SO) May 24 Arctic Monkeys/The Vaccines at Central Park SummerStage (SO) Booker T Jones at Bell House Elvis Costello & The Imposters at Beacon Theater (SO) May 25 Friendly Fires/Wise Blood at Webster Hall (SO) May 26 Dylan Fest 2011! at Bowery Ballroom Stornoway/Sea of Bees at Music Hall of Williamsburg May 27 Dylan Fest 2011! at Bowery Ballroom May 28 Delicate Steve at Brooklyn Bowl May 29 Alexander and Fam at Music Hall of Williamsburg May 30 J. Roddy Walston and The New Business at Brooklyn Bowl May 31 The Wombats at Bowery Ballroom
(Jaime Widder works in sales for Bloomberg News. Any opinions expressed are his own.)
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