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Brooklyn, New York, USA (2001 – present)

TV on the Radio is a Brooklyn, New York, USA-based band that was formed in 2001. Their music is difficult to classify and is often described as or , but is educated by a diverse spectrum of styles including freeform and music, and , modern and classic ’90s , giving them a unique and original sound. The core members are Tunde Adebimpe (vocals, loops), David Andrew Sitek (guitars, keyboards, loops) and Kyp Malone (vocals, guitars, loops), but the band is accompanied by additional members when performing live. On record, they’ve been joined by Jaleel Bunton (drums) and Gerard Smith (bass) (both of whom have recently become permanent members), Martin Perna (flute, saxophones) and Nick Zinner of the Yeah Yeah Yeahs (guitar). Celebration’s Katrina Ford and Blonde Redhead’s Kazu Makino have both made vocal contributions to various TVotR tracks and even art rock legend David Bowie (an early advocate and advisor of the band) has a vocal cameo on 2006’s Return To Cookie Mountain.

Their first album was the self-released OK Calculator (the title being a reference to Radiohead’s seminal album OK Computer), the majority of which is wildly different from their later sound, with elements of , and turntablism. Later they were joined by Kyp Malone and released Young Liars (EP) and Desperate Youth, Blood Thirsty Babes (LP) to great critical acclaim, the latter earning them a Shortlist Music Prize.


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  • beefigursk

    Does anyone agree with this guy? I'm still mixed about how I feel on Seeds.

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  • nwatts

    seeds lacks horns, has some strange melodies, but damn, as soon as quartz kicks in, you know this is TV on the radio

    24 Nov 1:22pm Reply
  • JeremyLee

    Seeds have been growing a lot on me. After the first two singles I was sure that I would dislike the album but in the context of the album I've even started to like Happy Idiot! I don't like Seeds as much as Dear Science but it is a really fun listen with great songwriting.

    24 Nov 12:46pm Reply
  • nallelyst

    new album is amazing!!!!

    23 Nov 10:29pm Reply
  • TeejBurke

    New album would have been more jarring if it had come right after Cookie Mountain, but they've been building towards this for the last three albums. Wolf Like Me --> Dancing Choose --> No Future Shock --> Happy Idiot

    23 Nov 6:15pm Reply
  • Stillblade

    I like the new album. Not as good as their best, but it's very solid. Either way, the title track is just as good as anything they've ever done. Wow.

    23 Nov 6:49am Reply
  • Mountain_Man

    I was disappointed after the first listen but now I'm totally in love with this album. Songs like "Ride" and "Trouble" could be removed from the album to make it better though. It's not typical T.V. on the Radio, but when have they ever been typical?

    22 Nov 7:19pm Reply
  • eN4ez

    Happy Idiotιlι.ιl..ιllιlι.ιl..ιllιlι.ιl.

    22 Nov 12:36am Reply
  • MattoCole

    Hi Guys can I please have your view on my song thank you

    21 Nov 2:54pm Reply
  • d1lll1nger

    New album is decent.

    21 Nov 5:25am Reply
  • TehSpiral

    I wanted to love the new album SO MUCH...but I'm very disappointed. There a few good-to-great songs on Seeds. Overall, though, it's an extremely generic indie rock LP. It just doesn't sound like TVOTR to me.

    20 Nov 9:29pm Reply
  • Solar_Smile

    Really Good.

    20 Nov 8:25pm Reply
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    20 Nov 5:31am Reply

    " the only good thing about new album is it's cover. " Everyone is entitled to their opinions but there's no way you're serious with this statement. Ha ha. You can't find a single good thing about the album outside of the artwork? I Just find that extremely hard to believe. Seeds is still on heavy rotation for me. This is one of the catchiest albums I've ever heard and that's definitely not a bad thing because TVOTR does pop music so well.

    20 Nov 3:28am Reply
  • Sunzy

    Yes yes, the new album is tight! I'm sure they found it tough going back to record this new album without the presence of Gerard Smith for the first time too.

    20 Nov 12:30am Reply
  • backoffboogaloo

    Test Pilot and Right Now 10/10

    19 Nov 5:14pm Reply
  • bkelleher

    Test Pilot really stands out for me. Such a great tune.

    19 Nov 3:38pm Reply
  • jkralovich

    Interesting TV On The Radio review:…/18/tv-on-the-radio-what-the-hell/

    18 Nov 10:32pm Reply
  • bkelleher

    I'm under the impression that these guys can do no wrong.

    17 Nov 3:00pm Reply
  • patras522

    I'm a newcomer to this band and I find Seeds quite enjoyable.

    17 Nov 1:01pm Reply
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