Well, the TV on the Radio show last night was really very good. You suckers should definitely have had your sorry selves in attendance. The large crowd was really into the show, the music was great, and the weather was perfect. TV on the Radio has that thing going where you can compare them to a bunch of different bands (at different moments, there are sounds in there that range from Peter Gabriel to Radiohead to Arcade Fire to even some Living Color [and no, not just because both bands have black lead singers- I think at times Tunde Adebimpe really does have a bit of Cory Glover in his vocal mannerisms, although at other times he sounds nothing like him]). Anyway, TVOTR tend to incorporate a wide range of styles, throwing in everything from a cappella and jazz sounds to more underlying alternative, techno, groove-based rock. They have incredible vocals, and they did a great job of recreating their songs in a live setting. On their albums they use what sounds like a fair number of loops and sequenced beats, so part of me was worried that there would just be a few guys up there singing along with drum machines, but they mostly seemed to stick to playing everything live with actual instruments. There might have been a few loops here and there, but for the most part, they rocked everything out onstage with live instrumentation, with something like 8 or more musicians, including two guys on horns (saxophones, but even the occasional oboe and flute), a couple of guitar players, bass, drums, and a keyboardist or two (and, of course, a lead singer). They also had someone who came out and danced around in a gingerbreadman outfit (which was cool).
Anyway, it was a really good, high energy show. Probably one of the best since I saw the Raconteurs at Stubb's earlier this year (and that includes all of the ACL Fest shows). TVOTR is another one of those bands that's just now hitting it's stride, and I think people are going to be enjoying them and talking about them for a long time. They're really doing something pretty unique and different, but doing it exceptionally well (and it's not simple music). My only real complaint was that the show was kind of on the short side for a club show, and could have easily been longer without any chance of wearing out their welcome (I think they maybe barely clocked in at an hour and a half, but it may have even been a few minutes shy of that).
Oh yeah- The Dirtbombs opened up for TVOTR, and they were pretty cool, too. They had two drummers, two bass players, and a lead singer who played some guitar. They had fast-paced, driving music that had sort of a dance punk beat to it, and they were fun. I looked at their web site, and it sounds like they've been together awhile (their name sounds sort of familiar), but the lead singer said during an interview that the only reason The Dirtbombs are still around is so he can make extra money to go to comic book conventions (which I thought my brother would appreciate). Anyway, they were cool and I need to check them out some more.