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Live Review and Photos: TV on the Radio at 4th & B, May 13, 2011

Photos by Chris Maroulakos

Friday’s TV on the Radio show almost didn’t happen. Originally scheduled for May 2, the concert was nearly derailed by the sudden death of bassist Gerard Smith. But anyone expecting the Brooklyn band to hang their heads at the 4th & B show were instead treated to a fast and furious performance that was anything but solemn.

TV on the Radio’s latest, Nine Types of Light, was released in April to critical acclaim. But instead of leaning on that album, the band treated the crowd to a diverse set that touched upon all eras of their discography. Songs like “Satellite” and “Staring at the Sun” (both from the group’s groundbreaking 2003 EP Young Liars), “Dreams” (from their debut full-length Desperate Youth, Bloodthirsty Babes) and the crowd-pleasing “Wolf Like Me” (from their mid-career smash Return to Cookie Mountain) were all given their due.

If the five-piece was still dealing with the emotional fallout of Smith’s death, you wouldn’t have known it. The band played with focused energy, rarely letting the final notes of one song fade out before launching into the tremolo strums of the next. The night served as a triumphant statement of purpose from the group — no matter what befalls them, TV on the Radio proved that they can bounce back stronger, and more rocking, than ever. Check out our photos.

MP3: TV on the Radio – “Caffeinated Consciousness”

UPDATE: According to SD Dialed In this show has been postponed until May 13. The good news is that we are extending the entry deadline for this contest to May 10.

MP3: TV on the Radio – “Caffeinated Consciousness”

TV on the Radio‘s latest album, Nine Types of Light, will be released next Tuesday, April 12, and it’s full of love songs. The amorous vibe is a change of pace from the band’s usual tales of urban distress, but it doesn’t mean the Brooklyn boys have gone soft. Continue reading…

One Light Goes Out

TV on the Radio have announced that bass player Gerard Smith died this morning of lung cancer. The 34-year-old Smith was diagnosed with the disease only a month ago, and had been sitting out the band’s current Nine Types of Light tour.

All of TV on the Radio’s tour dates from April 20 to 26 have been cancelled. As of now, the May 2 show at San Diego’s House of Blues is still set to proceed as planned. If they do go through with the show, it’s sure to be a solemn and emotional event.

UPDATE: Though originally scheduled for May 2, according to SD Dialed In the show has been postponed until May 13.