Top 100 Artists of the Decade: #27 TV on the Radio


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#27 TV on the Radio

It's hard to separate the link for my discovery of TV on the Radio and my first, and only, experience at Austin, Texas' South By Southwest Festival. The year was 2004, and I remember drinking warm Red Stripe at a label party when TV on the Radio took the stage, a stage with big huge trees running through it. I was completely blown away when the band started playing "Staring at the Sun". The music was an almost impossible to categorize blend of blues, doo-whop, post-rock 'n' roll, electronic-atmospheric sounds, something unlike anything I've heard before. I couldn't think of a better setting to see them, then on that warm spring day in Texas, the free warm beer coursing through my veins, zoning out to one of the only non-stereotypical jam bands I've ever heard. Later that same day I had the pleasure of catching them in a larger indoor venue and the setting really changed the mood of the band, and not in a great way. They really are tailor made to play day shows for drunk people, and bless them for that!

The five-piece band garnered even more fans following the release of their second album, Return to Cookie Mountain. They constantly show progression in each new effort, and it shows the immense amount of talent and creativity showcased by their members. Their latest album, Dear Science, was released in September and to me proves more successful than Return to Cookie Mountain in execution. Lets hope TV on the Radio continues to find inspiration to produce creative albums that are perfect for grooving out, with a case of Red Stripe on a warm spring day.

[ play ] | [ download mp3 ] TV on the Radio - Wolf Like Me

[ play ] | [ download mp3 ] TV on the Radio - Dry Drunk Emperor

[ play ] | [ download mp3 ] TV on the Radio - Dreams

[ play ] | [ download mp3 ] TV on the Radio - Staring At The Sun

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