With a seemingly endless arsenal of musical tricks at its disposal, TV on the Radio crafted one of FreeFest's tightest sets Saturday. The band's talent felt overwhelming live, with the vocal dynamics between lead singer Tunde Adebimpe and singer/guitarist Kyp Malone sounding raw and in sync. The group heavily featured a trombonist in almost every song, adding a sharp contrast to the crunchy guitars and lusher moments. Early in the night, a song broke down into a stadium-ready New Orleans jazz party.
The set was most effective because of its balance — bombastic songs ("Dancing Choose," "Halfway Home") were followed by slow burners ("Will Do"). The constant throughout the 70-minute set was the band feeding off one another, with the right mix of adrenaline and professionalism. It was impossible to be bored (and the crowd was always far from it) because TV on the Radio is that sonically impressive live. And the fact that the group can convey so much emotionally ("Will Do" was a particularly cathartic moment) simultaneously illustrates why TV on the Radio is one of our most important bands.Copyright © 2014, Los Angeles Times