TV on the Radio set to rock Radio City Music Hall

TV on the Radio at the Electric Factory in Philadelphia. (Photos copyright 2011, Steven P. Marsh)

It’s hard to imagine that TV on the Radio will be able to rock Radio City Music Hall on Wednesday, April 13, the way they did the Electric Factory in Philadelphia a few days earlier.

TV on the Radio's Tunde Adebimpe sings and plays keyboards.

The Brooklyn band kicked off its tour in support of its new album, Nine Types of Light, at the relatively intimate Philadelphia venue on Friday, April 8. The band kept the crowd entranced with a good mix of older and new songs — some that they had never performed in concert before.

The new material, which comes across as almost blueslike on the CD, really rocked out. This was TV on the Radio at its best.

The downside to seeing this band at Radio City Music Hall is that so few people

Kyp Malone didn't let a broken string hamper his guitar playing.

in the audience will get to see the players up close. That sort of personal, visual involvement with the band is an important part of the show. But even so, it’s certain TVOTR will deliver a solid set to the hometown crowd.

Click through to the jump to see the more TVOTR photos, the setlist and photos of the opening bands.

Setlist for TV on the Radio, April 8, 2011, Electric Factory, Philadelphia, Pa.

Young Liars

Dave Sitek and Tunde Adebimpe of TV on the Radio.

Wrong Way
Dancing Choose
Caffeinated Consciousness
Blues From Down Here
Keep Your Heart
Staring at the Sun
Will Do
Wolf Like Me

Killer Crane
Red Dress

Saturn Never Sleeps at the Electric Factory.

Katrina Ford and Celebration at the Electric Factory.

Opener Saturn Never Sleeps played a nice, chill set that seemed appropriate as a warmup for TVOTR. Second opener Celebration, from Baltimore, played a loose, psychedelic set. It was good but felt out of place, even to the band, which cut its set short because, as lead singer Katrina Ford said, “These people want TV on the Radio.”


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