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
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.
Blues From Down Here
Keep Your Heart
Staring at the Sun
Wolf Like Me
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.”