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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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