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January is a tricky month for this column. Of course, it’s when all the bad movies come out. A bunch of great TV shows returned last month, but a lot of them — Parks And Recreation, Archer, Justified — haven’t historically made use of a ton of pop songs. And then you’ve got Girls, perennially… More »

Mainstream American rock music, as you might recall, was in rough shape in the late ’90s. The Alt-Nation era had run out of road for the most part, giving way to legions of awful post-grunge and nu-metal bands soundtracking extreme energy-drink commercials and extreme-sports video games. These were dark times. This was at a time… More »

Over the course of their five albums, TV On The Radio have covered a lot of ground, adeptly blending genres to the point where the seams become entirely invisible, and a TV On The Radio song — whether “I Was A Lover” or “Halfway Home” or “Second Song” — sounds entirely individual to them. You… More »

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Photos: Project Pabst 2015

Project Pabst took place this past weekend in Portland’s South Waterfront District, and the lineup boasted a collection of acts both young and old. Blondie, the Buzzcocks, Weezer, TV On The Radio, Run The Jewels, Passion Pit, Against Me! and more performed in the stifling heat over the course of two days. Colin McLaughlin captured… More »

By: Stereogum / July 20, 2015 - 1:01 pm

Watch TV On The Radio Play The Game Of Thrones Theme In Australia

TV On The Radio performed a dub version of HBO’s epic Game Of Thrones theme song during a recent show in Brisbane, Australia. Tunde Adebimpe shouted out characters’ names during the encore performance before transitioning into their song “Ride” off of last year’s Seeds. This fan-made footage was shot by Tyler Shilling; watch below. More »

By: Gabriela Tully Claymore / June 10, 2015 - 12:59 pm

Hopscotch 2015 Lineup

Hopscotch Music Festival returns for its sixth year in downtown Raleigh, North Carolina this September. This morning the official lineup has been revealed, and since the festival always strives to book a diverse, locally-focused selection of artists, 40 percent of the bill comprises in-state musicians. Headliners for the weekend are Godspeed You! Black Emperor, TV… More »

By: Caitlin White / May 19, 2015 - 10:09 am

TV On The Radio – “Trouble” Video

TV On The Radio came roaring back late last year with the new album Seeds, and after making videos for the songs “Happy Idiot” and “Lazerray,” they’ve got a new clip for the churning, emotive “Trouble.” The new video is a stark and somber affair. It consists almost entirely of close-ups of people who seem… More »

By: Tom Breihan / April 8, 2015 - 8:33 am

TV On The Radio – “Test Pilot (Chilly Gonzales Re-Make)”

Last year TV On The Radio released their fifth studio album Seeds, and one of the early tracks they debuted off that record was “Test Pilot.” In anticipation of his own forthcoming record Chambers, Chilly Gonzales has re-imagined “Test Pilot” as a piano-driven ballad. Gonzales’ instrumental version maintains the same sense of struggle and longing… More »

By: Caitlin White / March 3, 2015 - 10:47 am

Watch TV On The Radio’s Kyp Malone As A Brooklyn Music Store Clerk On Broad City

Broad City is the funniest comedy on television right now, hands fucking down. The show is only in its second season, but it has established a certain level of musical clout after featuring a song by Father/Daughter signee Small Wonder in an episode several weeks ago, not to mention when the creators/protagonists Abbi Jacobson and… More »

By: Gabriela Tully Claymore / February 19, 2015 - 1:31 pm

Treefort Music Fest 2015 Lineup

Boise, Idaho hosts one of the best-named music festivals in America, the Treefort Music Fest. I’m pretty sure there are no actual treehouse venues included in the city’s scattered lineup, but still. It takes place this from March 25-29 and features the likes of TV On The Radio, Viet Cong, Delicate Steve, Of Montreal, Nikki… More »

By: Caitlin White / January 27, 2015 - 5:54 pm

TV On The Radio – “Lazerray” Video

TV On The Radio released their fifth studio album Seeds earlier this year, and today the band premiered a video for the album’s song “Lazerray.” Directed by photographer Atiba Jefferson, the video includes a host of well-known pro-skaters including Eric Koston, Lance Mountain, Sean Malto, and Andrew Reynolds. TV On The Radio perform their song… More »

By: Gabriela Tully Claymore / December 18, 2014 - 5:17 pm

Watch TV On The Radio Perform “Happy Idiot” on Letterman

TV On The Radio just put out their new album Seeds — which we think is pretty good — and they stopped by Letterman to perform “Happy Idiot” for the show. Tunde Adebimpe looks stylish in what appears to be a one-piece jumpsuit and the rockers give it their all for the performance. Letterman seem… More »

By: James Rettig / November 22, 2014 - 12:54 pm

Watch TV On The Radio’s Morning Becomes Eclectic Set At Apogee Studios

TV On The Radio performed a live set at KCRW’s Apogee Studios, and segments from their performance were aired today on Morning Becomes Eclectic. The band played songs from their brand new album, Seeds. Check out our annotated media guide to Tunde Adebimpe, and watch the band’s performance below. More »

By: Gabriela Tully Claymore / November 20, 2014 - 6:12 pm

Premature Evaluation: TV On The Radio Seeds

2014 has been an interesting year for the creative forces behind the early-’00s New York rock renaissance. Julian Casablancas went into messily experimental prog-pop overdrive on Tyranny, while Karen O turned toward lo-fi insularity on Crush Songs. One album had too many ideas; the other had not enough. Interpol, meanwhile, continued to do Interpol thing… More »

By: Tom Breihan / November 13, 2014 - 10:06 am

TV On The Radio Seeds Comment Party

We’ve already heard a couple of songs from TV On The Radio’s fifth studio album, Seeds — “Happy Idiot” and “Careful You” — along with live versions of “Could You,” “Ride,” “Test Pilot,” and “Lazerray.” The album is out a week from today, but — what’s this? — it’s available to stream right now overMore »

By: Michael Nelson / November 11, 2014 - 2:02 pm

Watch TV On The Radio Debut “Could You” In Santa Barbara

TV On The Radio debuted a new song at their show in Santa Barbara on Friday night. It’s called “Could You” and it will appear on their upcoming fifth studio album, Seeds. They also played their new single “Careful You” live for the first time. You can watch video of both below. More »

By: James Rettig / October 19, 2014 - 3:23 pm

Watch Massive Attack & Tunde Adebimpe Perform “Pray for Rain” Live For The First Time

Massive Attack played The Greek Theatre in Los Angeles last night and brought out TV On The Radio lead singer Tunde Adebimpe to perform their collaboration “Pray For Rain,” a track from Massive Attack’s 2010 album Heligoland that Adebimpe co-wrote and sang on. It was the first time the track was ever performed live. Massive… More »

By: James Rettig / October 17, 2014 - 5:00 pm

TV On The Radio – “Careful You”

TV On The Radio return next month with Seeds, their first album in a few years. And after sharing the stormy first single “Happy Idiot,” they’ve now given us “Careful You,” another album track, and one that sounds just as huge. “Careful You” is built from a synthetic bassline that might be more indebted to… More »

By: Tom Breihan / October 7, 2014 - 9:01 am

TV On The Radio – “Happy Idiot” Video (Feat. Paul Reubens)

At this point, Funny Or Die is debuting music videos that aren’t even trying to be funny — and that’s fine, as long as they’re good videos. TV On The Radio’s new one for “Happy Idiot,” the first single from their much-anticipated new album Seeds, is a good one. The clip stars Paul Reubens, better… More »

By: Tom Breihan / September 30, 2014 - 8:34 am

Photos: Riot Fest Denver 2014

Riot Fest has grown into a gigantic music festival that occurs in three different iterations throughout the year. For the Denver edition this past weekend, the lineup featured bands from all over the spectrum: Weezer, Rise Against!, The Flaming Lips, TV On The Radio, Wu-Tang Clan, and a whole lot more. We sent our photographer… More »

By: Miles Bowe / September 23, 2014 - 11:39 am
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