Posted in music | pictures on April 14, 2011

photos by Chris Gersbeck

"TV on the Radio brilliant at Radio City last night." - Club des Cordeliers

"TV On the Radio rocked Radio City, but I don't think I'll ever hear them sound as good as they did in smaller venues, years ago." - C Michael Kim

"Great gig @ Radio City by TV on the Radio. Confident, muscular, rocking with plenty of new songs & early gems. Band is almost arena ready." - Nelson George

"Moshing virtually impossible @ radio city. G'ah!" - Alisa Ali

"Had a blast dancing at radio city to TV on the Radio. They did their thing!" - gmdizzy

"Tv on the radio, good show , sound is distorted to all hell though" - Winslow

"TV on the Radio at Radio City Music Hall, they sound awesome" - Michael Krisher

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One night after a smaller home-borough show on the date of their new album and film release at Music Hall of Williamsburg, TV on the Radio took over the magnificent Radio City Music Hall in Manhattan (last night, 4/13). Light Asylum opened the show. We don't have pictures of them, but more of the headliners with their setlist, below...

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TV on the Radio Concert at Radio City Music Hall, New York, NY, USA
Setlist on April 13, 2011

Young Liars
The Wrong Way
Caffeinated Consciousness
Dancing Choose
You
Blues From Down
Will Do
Province
Crying
Staring at the Sun
Repetition
Wolf Like Me

Encore:
Forgotten
Red Dress
Satellite
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Comments (101)

shoulda played DLZ

Posted by Anonymous | April 14, 2011 12:44 PM

I understand that some people think this band is overrated and/or past their prime.

Posted by Gerald | April 14, 2011 12:48 PM

Good, high-energy show, but the sound (at least from the center of the tenth row) had almost no low-end and was rather muddy. It sounded better toward the back.

Radio City is a cool space but not a good rock venue. The speakers are hung from the rafters so if you are too close, the sound is above you. The sound is better to the rear, but you feel really far away.

Posted by dave | April 14, 2011 12:49 PM

Why such a strange set list? No Method?? No Ambulance?? Shout Me Out, Hours, Golden Age, Wear Me Out?????

Sounded great but extremely disappointing.

Posted by Anonymous | April 14, 2011 12:50 PM

GERALD!!!

Posted by Anonymous | April 14, 2011 12:50 PM

When did Drew Carey join the band?

Posted by Anonymous | April 14, 2011 12:50 PM

Bands needs to step up their game and stop playing such short sets at Radio City. If you can play that venue, you can play more than 15 songs.

Posted by Anonymous | April 14, 2011 12:53 PM

Drew Carey didn't get the blue collared shirt memo.

Posted by The Real Real Yup. PERIOD | April 14, 2011 12:54 PM

"Province
Crying
Staring at the Sun
Repetition
Wolf Like Me"

you really can't complain about that block of songs. if you do, you need to look into why you were even at this show.

Posted by Anonymous | April 14, 2011 12:56 PM

My Bloody Valentine

Posted by Anonymous | April 14, 2011 12:58 PM

awful awful show, but I can't say it was all the band's fault. (except the set list). I couldn't hear anything, and the lighting looks cool in the pictures, but in reality you couldn't see a fucking thing. Radio City IS a great sounding room, but not if you're sound/lighting guys are used to Music Hall of Williamsburg type places. I hope TVOTR will get honest feed back about this show, and make changes to their crew personnel. a huge miff last night. opportunity lost.

Posted by Anonymous | April 14, 2011 1:01 PM

Scenes From A Hat

Posted by Anonymous | April 14, 2011 1:01 PM

Dope show

Posted by Anonymous | April 14, 2011 1:03 PM

um... they played 5 new songs out of 15. they're touring in support of the new album. i thought the setlist was great.

Posted by Anonymous | April 14, 2011 1:03 PM

setlist was fine in terms of exclusions, but 12:53 is right. I've seen three shows at RCMH that easily could have benefitted from 3 or 4 more songs. Cough Iron and Wine Cough.

Posted by Anonymous | April 14, 2011 1:06 PM

21st Century Schizoid Man

Posted by Anonymous | April 14, 2011 1:10 PM

anyone saying this was an awful show - you must've been one of the many people standing there motionless with a scowl on your face. yeah, you're a real joy to have at a party.

Posted by Anonymous | April 14, 2011 1:10 PM

And if you're playing Radio City maybe class it up a bit and throw on something nicer than a white t-shirt.

Posted by Anonymous | April 14, 2011 1:11 PM

seriously, this place is way bigger than I had expected. And, I was in the back and couldn't see a damn thing. Next time I'll bring binoculars.

Posted by Anonymous | April 14, 2011 1:13 PM

^ or maybe hold of for better seats? i pulled up orchestra seats on ticketmaster at around 3pm yesterday...

Posted by Anonymous | April 14, 2011 1:14 PM

The sound in the front at RCMH isn't very good. And from the front sides, it's downright bad. I'd rather take center in the middle of the orchestra, than front row on the side.

Posted by Cuse | April 14, 2011 1:14 PM

Show was good. Setlist was good. Sound could have been better at times but was decent.

Shame about the pedals getting knocked over. But the band bounced back nicely from it.

Double shame about all the lame-os in the crowd. There was a 50+ year old woman near me dancing it up and yet the twentysomething hipsters failed to uncross their arms. I suppose that's what you get with a Brooklyn-based band. That and hummus.

Posted by Anonymous | April 14, 2011 1:15 PM

Really like TVOTR. Sound was brutal. The person who hopes they take some feedback here was dead on. Also, the fast version of Staring at the Sun does the song no justice. Maybe it used to be novel and a surprise or maybe it was used to make up for a lack of faster material in the past, but they ought to revert.

Posted by Anonymous | April 14, 2011 1:15 PM

Staring at the Sun = highlight of the night.

Complainaing about the band members' attire = whine of the century!

Posted by Anonymous | April 14, 2011 1:17 PM

^ agreed... staring at the sun basically cinched the deal. amazing.

Posted by Anonymous | April 14, 2011 1:19 PM

Last two shows I saw at RCMH were Interpol and Spoon, and both sounded amazing, so if there were sound problems, it clearly was with TVOTR's crew, not the venue! Nothing against TVOTR, wish I could've gone to the show, but you CAN sound great at Radio City...

Posted by Anonymous | April 14, 2011 1:19 PM

complaining about a tshirt? jesus christ, why the fuck were you even there?

Posted by Anonymous | April 14, 2011 1:20 PM

I've got a mouse and he hasn't got a house.

Posted by Syd | April 14, 2011 1:22 PM

calm down, it wasn't an "awful" show, just odd that they didn't play some of the songs that got them such a big following. obviously have to promote the new stuff, but this was their first major NYC venue, and it just either wasn't fully thought out, or there was a problem with some of the way those songs were sounding live without Gerard Smith. (method on the band's setlist but never played at the williamsburg show, after all--very strange).

Posted by Anonymous | April 14, 2011 1:25 PM

staring at the sun
young liars
sattelite
province
wolf like me

yep, none of the songs that got them a following!

Posted by Anonymous | April 14, 2011 1:28 PM

I'll preface this by saying I don't really know their music but a friend had an extra ticket. we were in orchestra LL on the right side ($26 on stubhub btw) and the sound was really muddy. Could barely make out any vocals. Also it seemed like a very short set list. but the crowd was into it and there seemed to be less douchebags the normal at radio city.

Posted by Anonymous | April 14, 2011 1:35 PM

im gay

Posted by wint | April 14, 2011 1:37 PM

Ambulance
Dirtywhirl
DLZ
Don't Love You
Golden Age
Hours
Let the Devil in
Love Dog
Method
Shout Me Out
Wear You Out

Posted by 1:28 is an idiot | April 14, 2011 1:45 PM

bummed I missed it
bummed I miss a lot of shows
don't you folks have jobs to go to in the AM?
maybe I need more taurine and guarnine in my diet

Posted by Anonymous | April 14, 2011 1:46 PM

The setlist looks short, but what time did they start/end? What was the actual runtime?

Posted by Anonymous | April 14, 2011 1:48 PM

Anyone else think they might put on another show this summer? Gov Island would be legit

Posted by Anonymous | April 14, 2011 1:48 PM

Did anyone see LCD at MSG on 4/2? Man, that show was OFF THE CHAIN.

Posted by Anonymous | April 14, 2011 1:49 PM

i love "YOU"

Posted by Anonymous | April 14, 2011 1:58 PM

If LCD played Radio City?!?!? Snap, that would be DOPE!

Posted by Anonymous | April 14, 2011 2:05 PM

"the sound had almost no low-end and was rather muddy."

... um that doesnt make any sense

Posted by Anonymous | April 14, 2011 2:07 PM

while it was a good show, the band should've played longer and the sound definitely lacked some clarity.

Posted by Anonymous | April 14, 2011 2:09 PM

This was a huge disappointment of a show, but I feel that it had nothing to do with the band, as they were great. The crowd was lame. I was around row S and the sound was great, but looking at the crowd in front of me I saw no one moving.

Crowd was weak. Seated venues always have implications.

Posted by Anonymous | April 14, 2011 2:11 PM

First time seeing TVOTR indoors (Bonnaroo '09). Sat all the way to the left in row EE and I agree w/ some of the complaints listed above on the sound, BUT my major issue was the crowd. Not sure what the energy was at MHOW but christ it's a concert not a funeral. Surprised to see so many older people who seemed to be into it more than the "hipsters". Good show, not great. Seatgeek/Stubhub really was the way to go this time around. 30 bucks for 5 rows away.

Posted by Anonymous | April 14, 2011 2:15 PM

if there was a sound problem its the band and sound guys fault. Radio City is one of the best sounding places in the city. Saw several shows there recently and they were all great sound.

Posted by Anonymous | April 14, 2011 2:16 PM

Music Hall was the better show.

Suck dick Radio City morons

Posted by Anonymous | April 14, 2011 2:17 PM

I can't believe people are complaining about the sound. Have you ever heard TVOTR's albums? Nothing but reverb .... reverb ... reverb ...

If you can listen to Sitek's tinny production, last night was not bad.

Posted by Anonymous | April 14, 2011 2:34 PM

He's a what, he's a what

Posted by Anonymous | April 14, 2011 2:48 PM

Didn't they have trouble with the sound at SNL also? Enough with blaming the venue, the sound guy, everyone else. Do a soundcheck and take some fucking responsibility.

Posted by Anonymous | April 14, 2011 2:52 PM

Started at 9:15, finished at 10:15. Back for the encore at 10:25; done by 10:40.

Posted by Anonymous | April 14, 2011 3:01 PM

Hummus on the Table > TV on the Radio

Posted by Anonymous | April 14, 2011 3:15 PM

Purchase! Brag! Complain!

Posted by Anonymous | April 14, 2011 3:23 PM

10 minutes before they came out for the encore?!?!?!

Posted by Anonymous | April 14, 2011 3:24 PM

yeah and all 6,000 people stayed for the the encore. what does that tell you?

3 or 4 people who will never be pleased commenting on here over and over about how horrible the sound was. the show was amazing. enough already.

Posted by Anonymous | April 14, 2011 3:27 PM

the encore break was only 10 minutes cause they had to fix shit on the stage

Posted by Anonymous | April 14, 2011 3:36 PM

"Purchase! Brag! Complain!"

BV losers. Accept no substitutes.

Posted by Anonymous | April 14, 2011 3:42 PM

"yeah and all 6,000 people stayed for the the encore. what does that tell you?"


Well the show was not sold out. Not by a long shot so the first thing the statement tells me is that you are an over hyping know nothing jackass. The second thing it tells me is to take anything you say and dismiss it immediately.

Posted by Anonymous | April 14, 2011 3:50 PM

rabble!

Posted by Anonymous | April 14, 2011 4:04 PM

Band plays short show, sound is spotty at best, and they look like they just rolled out of bed. That's fine if you're playing shithole clubs for a $5 cover, but you'd think a band that's worked their way up to a headline gig at Radio City Music Hall would be proud to be there and make a little more effort to put on a better show.

Posted by Anonymous | April 14, 2011 4:05 PM

An hour long set is too short for Radio City. Especially since they have enough material delve into.

Posted by Anonymous | April 14, 2011 4:10 PM

Alisa Ali, you had won tweeter's idiot of the month award !

Posted by me | April 14, 2011 4:18 PM

Seen them outside twice and it fits their sound much better. They still had a while before the normal curfew time was up. One of my least favorite shows I've been to this year and I love TVOTR

Posted by Anonymous | April 14, 2011 4:20 PM

General consensus of BV users: Total Shitshow.

But that's the consensus of nearly every show on here.

Posted by Anonymous | April 14, 2011 4:24 PM

Their better shows are outdoors: Prospect, McCarren, Central Park.

Posted by Anonymous | April 14, 2011 4:32 PM

hate hate hate hate hate hate hate hate, this has been your friendly grumpy hater. Thank you and you suck.

Posted by Anonymous | April 14, 2011 4:32 PM

who! was! the! opening! act!

Posted by Anonymous | April 14, 2011 4:34 PM

The encore was weak.

Posted by Anonymous | April 14, 2011 4:41 PM

light! asylum!

read!

Posted by Anonymous | April 14, 2011 4:41 PM

Yes it could have been longer but i wouldn't say the show had the energy of a band who just rolled out of bed. This was my first time seeing them and i thought it was a good show.

Posted by Anonymous | April 14, 2011 4:43 PM

I also think it'd be sweet if LCD Soundsystem played Radio City. Do you guys think that will happen this year?

Posted by Anonymous | April 14, 2011 4:49 PM

Setlist was great, but set was too short. Sound WAS better toward the back. But why no Killer Crane or Keep Your Heart? Arguably the two best on NTOL, but nowhere to be found...

Posted by Anonymous | April 14, 2011 5:00 PM

Coulda been a better setlist, but as for the sound, I've seen them inside, small venues, and now radio city and every time you could hardly make out the vocals and it was more like a wall of sound. Not necessarily bad. They rocked. Shoulda played more. Could have been epic. I don't like dancing, doesn't mean i wasn't going nuts on the inside with enjoyment. Why do i have to outwardly express it to all you dancing fools.

Posted by Purdman | April 14, 2011 5:06 PM

SELLING TWO TICKETS TO TV ON THE RADIO AT ED SULLIVAN THEATER TONIGHT - FOR THE LIVE ON LETTERMAN WEBCAST, they will play a FULL SET

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Posted by Anonymous | April 14, 2011 5:07 PM

Forget filtering shitty comments, how bout filtering spam here. Ya know?

Posted by Anonymous | April 14, 2011 5:15 PM

"Purchase! Brag! Complain!"

DA TRUTH!

Posted by The Real Real Yup. PERIOD | April 14, 2011 5:27 PM

Yes, it looks better on the photos than it did live

Posted by Anonymous | April 14, 2011 6:06 PM

http://youtu.be/eKPDofGYWhk

great show. I just wished they would had played:

I Was a Lover
Dirtywhirl
Dreams
Love Dog
Halfway Home
Lovers Day
Shout Me Out
DLZ

Then it would have been perfect

Posted by Anonymous | April 14, 2011 6:20 PM

sound was awful.

Bass was too low. vocals lacked clarity . One big mush of sound. the bad sound quality ruined my night.

Posted by Anonymous | April 14, 2011 6:24 PM

expensive, short setlist, bad sound...total disappointment

Posted by Anonymous | April 14, 2011 8:26 PM

Good show. Everyone's a critic.

Posted by Anonymous | April 14, 2011 9:18 PM

saw them at the live on letterman thing tonight. it was alright, but i wouldn't pay more than free to them.

Posted by Anonymous | April 14, 2011 10:05 PM

greatest band in nyc. i remember when one of the guys used to make my coffee in williamsburg . . . . . . yadda yadda adday

Posted by Anonymous | April 14, 2011 10:45 PM

disappointing show. i thought the encore was going to be a second set. i never think that but i was so disappointed with the first that i figured they would make up for it. they weren't ready for this venue.

Posted by guy | April 14, 2011 11:00 PM

The band's first EP, and first album were fantastic.
When they used to play at the Stinger in Williamsburg they were fantastic. A phenomenon. There were many problems last night: Gerard was not there that must of been on there mind. Strangely they did not even mention him ? When Tunde's mike, siren, electronics fell over that was a bit sad.... They lost whatever groove they may of had . Jaleel get back on that drum kit ! The new guy on drums felt like a hired hand doing a job (poorly).
Kyp and Tunde were a million miles away from each other both physically/musically. Dave has had so much smoke blown up his ass that I am not sure if he cares. A classic rock star trajectory. He looked like he was ready to paint a house. This is Radio City Music Hall. Show some respect (for yourself). The dude moved to LA... you know LA.... They were much better when you could find them at The Verb mid afternoon.... before Williamsburg was destroyed. They played for like 50 minutes last night. If they had come out and played with heart after the encore the night could of been saved. They used to be king. My solution ..... Friend Catch an Arcade Fire Show. Every time the curtain raises they put on a show ! They play as if it were an audition, with spirit, sincerity, and love.

Posted by Cool Breeze | April 15, 2011 12:02 AM

buncha fuckin cry babies...bad setlist, t shirts, sound, lights, et al. can't wait to see them next week at the kickass Metro in Flyover Zone Chicago!!! 21st Century Schizoid Men rule!

Posted by anon | April 15, 2011 12:34 AM

I just had this weird dream that TV on the Radio were on The letterman show, and they were doing a ballad and there was this weird dance performance going on in front of them. Weird.... Back to sleep....

Posted by Camel Joe | April 15, 2011 12:40 AM

tvotr has always been hit or miss live. they killed it back at mccarren park pool a few years back though.

Posted by Anonymous | April 15, 2011 1:52 AM

I LOVE TV ON THE RADIO

Posted by Anonymous | April 15, 2011 1:55 AM

can someone explain why one comment mentions "21st Century Schizoid Man" and another "21st Century Schizoid Men" please? i don't get the reference. did they cover that previously?

Posted by Anonymous | April 15, 2011 10:14 AM

Seriously agree with previous poster/s: TVOTR, take the advice: Fire your sound and lighting crew. Godawful sounding on the first row of the first mezzanine. Couldn't hear or see anything. You would never know any of TVOTR's song had actual lyrics, it was just a wall of overloud, distorted mess. As much as they jacked around with the equipment all night, they had to know this. And it's not Radio City's fault; I saw Leonard Cohen in that space and it was like a religious experience, completely out of this world.

Posted by Natalie | April 15, 2011 10:17 AM

the lighting was shit.

Posted by uh huh | April 15, 2011 11:14 AM

Radio City is a sacred shrine to the arts. TV on the Radio desecrated it. For starters show a little respect to your friend Gerard.
Have a moment of silence. Mention his name .....Do something; ANYTHING. Not acknowledging him was shameful. Sad. The king has no clothes. They have expired both musically and spiritually just like Williamsburg.

Posted by Really ? | April 15, 2011 12:41 PM

"can someone explain why one comment mentions "21st Century Schizoid Man" and another "21st Century Schizoid Men" please? i don't get the reference. did they cover that previously?"


Call the poliiiiiiiiiiccccccccceeeeeee.....

Posted by Anonymous | April 15, 2011 3:03 PM

I don't recall hordes of people calling for the dismissal of the sound guy for Grizzly Bear a few years ago, or Dirty Projectors for the last couple years.

It's the same guy. So maybe he isn't the problem?

Posted by Anonymous | April 15, 2011 3:42 PM

The setlist was fine to me, I was happy as a clam that they played both Blues from Down Here and Staring at the Sun. I'm surprised no one's commented on how by the end of the show you could barely see the stage from the balcony from all the weeeeeed.

Posted by Anonymous | April 15, 2011 5:59 PM

what no Das Racist?

Hummus Joke

Posted by Anonymous | April 15, 2011 7:46 PM

hummus flavored blunt wraps sold on tour

Posted by Anonymous | April 15, 2011 8:53 PM

worst crowd ever NYC you should be ashamed of yourselves. its as if someone died in there and no one told me and my friends(who held down the 3rd mez) suck it nyc

Posted by Anonymous | April 17, 2011 7:14 PM

gerard smith passed away this morning...

Posted by Anonymous | April 20, 2011 4:10 PM

RIP

Posted by Anonymous | April 21, 2011 5:40 PM

so sad

Posted by Anonymous | April 25, 2011 9:21 AM

LCD Soundsystem is finished I thought everyone knew that

Posted by Anonymous | April 27, 2011 9:12 PM

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