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TV on the Radio: Brooklyn's finest

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Tvontheradio_lAs I was riding the subway to work yesterday morning, I overheard a hipster chick telling her friends all about the TV on the Radio concert she attended the night before. The more she boasted about what they missed, the deeper my heart sank. I wanted to slap myself: How could I forget that my favorite band was playing a three-night engagement at the Brooklyn Masonic Temple this week?

Since all of their shows were sold out, and because my only connection to the group was through an ex that I no longer speak to, I figured there was zero chance I’d be able to get my hands on a ticket. But rather than brood over the disappointment, I thought I might ease my grief by swinging by Skylight Studios for the launch event for the new T-Mobile G1 (a.k.a. the Google phone). Though I’m not a tech junkie, I heard the Raconteurs were going to perform there, which seemed promising.

Thankfully, there was a sudden (and merciful) turn of events: My co-worker Jason Adams was able to score a pair of tickets for the final TV on the Radio show last night — and he invited me to join him! It was like Christmas in October; I literally had to contain myself from bursting into a gospel rendition of “Oh, Happy Day.”

The girl on the subway was right: the concert was amazing, even if the sound was a little off. The band — which at times included a horn section — was way louder than the vocals, so while the majestic voices of frontman Tunde Adebimpe and supporting singer Kyp Malone sounded great, you could barely make out their lyrics. Much of the set list consisted of songs from their outstanding new CD, Dear Science, which is among the year’s finest albums, if not the best, but they also performed favorites from 2006’s Return to Cookie Mountain (“Wolf Like Me”), along with 2004’s Desperate Youth, Blood Thirsty Babes (“Staring at the Sun”).

If you don’t already know about TV on the Radio, you better ask somebody! They’re on tour now and I strongly encourage you to see them live. Trust me, you will not be disappointed. Who’s with me on this, TVOTR fans? Am I right or am I right?