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The Radio Dept played the Rock Shop, Seaport tonight

by Bill Pearis

The Radio Dept @ The Rock Shop in Park Slope
The Rock Shop

As hinted at, The Radio Dept played The Rock Shop last night (7/14), part of the venue’s week-long One Year Anniversary. Whether people were seeing the night’s many other worthy options or said hints were too vague, it felt like this was a kept secret for once as the Swedish trio played to a crowd of maybe 70. The setlist seemed to have been created to fit the setting, culling from The Radio Dept.’s gentler material, played at polite volume. On the dreamy “This Past Week” and “New Improved Hypocrisy,” especially, I was a bit mesmerized.

I imagine we’ll get a more rockin’ set (a relative term for a pretty placid group) tonight (7/15) for their show at South Street Seaport. It’s going to be a lovely night, the show is free — you’d be dumb to miss it if you ask me. (I know you didn’t.) Asobi Seksu open, a nice pairing indeed. Bring a tent and stay at the Seaport all weekend for 4 Knots Festival on Saturday (7/16), and the Sound Bites Series and Beach Party show on Sunday (7/17) afternoon. (Please don’t bring a tent.)

You can also get The Radio Dept’s newly-minted 180 gram vinyl reissues of their first three albums at the merch table. (Lesser Matters is near-perfect.) After tonight’s show, The Radio Dept. then travel to Chicago for this weekend’s Pitchfork Music Festival.

Video of The Radio Dept. performing at The Rock Shop last night is below.

The Radio Dept. – “The Worst Taste in Music” live at The Rock Shop 7.14.2011

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