After a lengthy opening instrumental paired with Tunde Adebimpe’s signature wailing, TV On The Radio began their homecoming show at Kings Theatre with “Young Liars” off of the 2003 EP of the same name. Adebimpe’s existential musings on loss and matters of the heart took center stage with Dave Sitek’s sturdy bass lines providing the anchor. The band’s hour plus set featured songs from their latest record, Seeds, with older fan favorites like “DLZ” and “Wolf Like Me” peppered in between.
Adebimpe was loose from the jump, jerking his left arm about as he sang like Spider-Man flinging a web and hopping around in miniature circles two inches off the ground. Kyp Malone shared a similar energy on many songs, trading in his on-record technical efficiency for garage rock shredding on tracks like “Winter”.
“I’m gonna bang my head to the wall / Til I feel like nothing at all” – TVOTR (“Happy Idiot”)
A blanket of stark red lights covered the stage and its tall retro spotlights for “Repetition”, creating a hellish landscape for Adebimpe and his bandmates to explore. The closing refrain of the track seemed to have a hypnotic effect on the crowd, as many danced and sang along and others crouched in their seats to refill their one hitters.
This was my fourth time catching TVOTR live and no venue I’ve seen them at has done half as good of a job capturing their sound as Kings Theatre. The 5-piece band sent their dense art rock sounds into the gilded ceiling and delivered on all fronts. Late into the set, they invited openers Bo Ningen on stage for a collaborative version of “A Method”, which featured catchy synth lines dueling with BN’s drumstick-on-beer-bottle percussion. A 3-song encore followed, concluding with the distorted notes of “Staring at the Sun”, the song that put TVOTR on the map in Brooklyn and beyond over a decade ago.
Wolf Like Me
Staring at the Sun