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    T.V. on the Radio is one of indie-rock’s most exciting and eccentric bands – visceral and energetic, the band has a myriad of influences that swirl together into one high wire band.

    The Brooklyn based group shot onto the scene in 2002 with their debut album “OK Calculator.”  The album displayed the band’s varied taste in music, growing up on records from Bad Brains, Earth,Wind,&Fire, Brian Eno, Pixies, and Prince – filtered through the collective brain of masterminds Tunde Adebimpe, David Sitek, and Kyp Malone; along with a rotating line of back-up musicians that play clarinet, saxophone, harmonica, cello, violin, flute, and countless other instrumentalists to fill out their explosive sound.

    In the twelve years since they showed up on the scene, T.V. on the Radio has managed to release six studio albums and three E.P.’s – with kitschy titles like:  “Desperate Youth, Blood Thirsty Babes,” “Return to Cookie Mountain,” and “Dear Science.”  Their records have given them opportunity to collaborate with people like Trent Reznor, David Bowie, and Nick Zinner of Yeah Yeah Yeah’s.  The band is currently on tour this summer to promote the release of their most recent album, 2014’s “Seeds.” 

    The band has barely been off the road since the release of their debut album (except for a short hiatus when bassist Gerard Smith passed away).  The constant touring has paid off, making the T.V. on the Radio one of the most buzzed about live performers in the country.  Incorporating loops, horn sections, and synthesizers over drums, bass and guitar, the band’s punchy arrangements elevate their concerts into a sonic mash of melodic euphoria. 

    T.V. on the Radio will be performing Tuesday May 12th at Mercury Ballroom.  The show begins at 8:30 PM and tickets are available for $25.  Singer/songwriter Bo Ningen will be opening the show.


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    About Brent Owen

    Born and raised in Louisville, I have lived here most of my life (except during a short furlough, when I, lovelorn and naive, followed a girl to Baton Rouge). My roots are here, my family, my friends, and my life are all here. I work primarily as a free-lance writer for a few local and regional publications. I have also written two books (one a memoir, the other a novel) that barring some divine intervention, will probably never see the light of day. I find myself deeply ingrained in the local bar scene, or perhaps better said, I often indulge in the local drinking culture. I love music, movies, comedy, and really just about any other live performance art.

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