TV on the Radio @ Monolith 9.14.08

After Handsome Furs had to cancel, I think I might have cried if TV on the Radio wouldn’t have made it. Their bus broke down around Salt Lake City and rather than give it up, they rented vans and high-tailed it to Monolith. What great guys.

I’d seen TV on the Radio for a few minutes at last year’s Lollaplooza but never got a real viewing of what they had to offer. This year I finally got to see what all the fuss was about. You’re right, New York — they do put on a great show.

Strangely, even with a stage full of great performers, the first thing I noticed was something weird. Dave Sitek had a wind chime hanging off his guitar. I’ve seen a lot of bands, but I’m pretty sure that’s a first for wind chimes on the guitar. Well done, fellas. Well done.

But even if you overlook the weird wind instruments the show was a smash success.

Having just a microphone can be the hardest thing about being in a band. The Muslims, for example, kind of lost me due to their disinterested lead singer. And besides, it’s not like something you can practice in front of the mirror; the only way to be good at it is to have a little talent and just play play play. Lead singer Tunde Adebimpe, however, makes being a lead singer look like the easiest thing in the world. He held sway over my attention through the whole show — which is no small feat, considering he’s in the middle of one of the best guitar duos going today.

And I guess the only thing I have left to say is that “Wolf Like Me” is a downright classic at this point.

More photos after the jump

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