March 27, 2007


TV on the Radio: No static from original, energetic outfit (Patrick MacDonald, 3/27/07, Seattle Times)

Being different is an asset in rock 'n' roll, and TV on the Radio, the Brooklyn band that headlined the Moore Sunday night, is decidedly different.

Energetic, intense lead vocalist Tunde Adebimpe, whose hands, arms and legs are in constant motion when he performs, is a rock singer who also croons and whistles, shouts and scats, and weaves elements of blues, jazz and rap into his potent delivery.

Drummer Jaleel Bunton drives the music with powerful rhythms, aided by Gerard Smith on bass. Kyp Malone, the band's most instantly identifiable member, due to his enormous Afro and matching beard, plays bluesy rock guitar and contributes sweet background vocals.

Second guitarist David Sitek, also the band's producer, matches Adebimpe in intensity on stage, seeming to delight in creating big, enveloping soundscapes, by way of pedal-effects and feedback.

TVOTR is David Bowie's favorite new band, which is not surprising because he's one of rock's original space cowboys. He duets with Adebimpe on a song called "Province" on TVOTR's latest CD, "Return to Cookie Mountain," which was Spin magazine's 2006 album of the year.

Posted by Orrin Judd at March 27, 2007 12:00 AM
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