Wednesday, March 14, 2007

Live: TV On the Radio at the Metro

Monday, March 12, 2007
Chicago, IL

Dirty Whirl, The Wrong Way, Dreams, I Was A Lover, Province, Young Liars, Wolf Like Me, Blues From Down Here, Blind, Wash the Day. Encore: A Method, Staring At the Sun.

It should come as no surprise to anyone any more that TV On the Radio doesn't lose much in the live presentation of their songs. I had read about the band's ability to translate from studio to stage, but this was my first chance to experience with the band live. I was not disappointed; the band was adept and innovative in creating the textures you hear on the records and invigorating them with an extra adrenaline rush of guitar and drums.

The opening 'Dirty Whirl' set the tone for the performance, with extra attention to Kyp and Dave's guitar playing, the song had the extra muscle it needed live. 'A Method' was also a highlight. Joined by members of the opening band with everyone playing some kind of percussion, the resulting sound was something only a band like TVOTR is capable of right now. I'll also commemorate Dave Sitek's use of chimes hanging off the end of his guitar as an ingenious little detail from the show that I'll look back on from time to time.

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