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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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    I don't personally understand the dislike for Happy Idiot or Careful You because they both sound like they could fit on either of their last two albums. But there's no way anyone can be disappointed by Lazerray. Holy shit what a kick ass song.

    30 Oct 1:26am Reply
  • wolfdontlikeme

    I'm starting to feel like this album won't be for me. [2]

    25 Oct 7:26pm Reply
  • AldoOrtiz128

    Man, that new song "Could You" from their live show is really good

    25 Oct 3:25am Reply
  • JeremyLee

    I'm starting to feel like this album won't be for me.

    14 Oct 9:06pm Reply
  • yinxianghecheng

    Both songs are growers. Though Careful You is obviously the better one.

    11 Oct 10:19pm Reply
  • TASpark658

    Happy Idiot too polished and was alright but the video made it even worse (that never happens with TV) and is Careful You growing on me.

    9 Oct 5:39pm Reply
  • Boltzzz

    I need whole album right now! Singles are amazing!

    8 Oct 4:23pm Reply
  • Brickfaced

    I like both these new cuts and it actually makes me happy because I'm glad I like them.

    8 Oct 9:23am Reply
  • TASpark658

    I dislike both these new cuts and it actually makes me upset because I want to like them. :(

    7 Oct 10:19pm Reply
  • EdgeLike

    yeah Careful You is unquestionably better than Happy Idiot. yet that's not saying much..

    7 Oct 7:17pm Reply
  • lucyalaska

    new track: --better than happy idiot, in my opinion.

    7 Oct 4:33pm Reply
  • nicolauz

    Is there not a better EP then Young Liars?

    4 Oct 12:12am Reply
  • Youth_Squadron

    "This is one of the best bands atm imho" - They've been one of the best bands since 2001.

    30 Sep 3:57pm Reply
  • maiconsimonetto

    Happy Idiot

    24 Sep 5:12pm Reply
  • TheMalkinJewel

    this is one of the best bands atm imho

    23 Sep 10:16am Reply
  • LePlatypope

    Happy Idiot's a little bubblegum for me, I think...

    19 Sep 9:04pm Reply
  • The_Groove_Girl

    I'm a happy idiot when I'm listeting to Happy Idiot

    16 Sep 11:36am Reply
  • Grivamula

    Happy Idiot хорошая!

    14 Sep 8:02pm Reply
  • Hotton5

    Honestly, I didn't enjoy Happy Idiot. Too bright and eletronic

    13 Sep 6:51pm Reply
  • Sunzy

    "Tunde says 1000%, Seeds is the best thing they've ever done. Big words. Looking forward to it." I loved NTOL and absolutely adored Dear Science so here's hoping.

    10 Sep 8:20pm Reply
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