Wednesday, April 20, 2011

Concert Review - TV on the Radio @ Sound Academy, Toronto


TV on the Radio stopped in for a Toronto date on Monday night as they currently tour in support of their latest record, Nine Types of Light.

Starting the show with the title track from their 2003 EP Young Liars, the Brooklyn-based art-rockers took a surprisingly balanced approach to their setlist, instead of showcasing much of their new material. Although the new album's closing song, the Pixies-esque "Caffeinated Consciousness" lacked the bombast shown on the studio track, the lead single "Will Do" came across with a freshly inspired groove that improved upon the recorded version.

Lead vocalist Tunde Adebimpe displayed his usual swagger as he patrolled back and forth across the stage, frantically whipping one hand as his other firmly gripped the microphone.  And guitarist/vocalist Kyp Malone harmonized with his David Bowie meets Prince-style falsetto.  The energy in the room skyrocketed when the band launched into "Staring at the Sun".  This feeling was matched with the set-closing "Wolf Like Me", and the 3-song encore featured some great crowd participation on "A Method".

TV on the Radio may have taken a more relaxed, measured approach to their recent songwriting in comparison to the visceral nature of their earlier material.  But when it comes to their live performance, there's definitely no lack of intensity.

Setlist:
Young Liars
The Wrong Way
Caffeinated Consciousness
Blues From Down Here
Will Do
Province
Red Dress
Crying
Staring at the Sun
Repetition
Wolf Like Me

Encore:
A Method
Forgotten
Satellite


-Turnbull

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