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Posted by teibs On May - 16 - 2009

tvotr@ZackTeibloom TV on the Radio has a crisp, clear sound on their albums. A haunting, melodic sound. Unfortunately that sound didn’t come across tonight, due to a bad mix at Stubb’s.

They opened the show with “Dirty Whirlwind,” which is a perfect description of what was coming through the speakers. I figured they’d find a way to cut some of the bass out of the mix it was dominating and smooth out the pockets of distortion, but it never really happened. It wasn’t bad enough to ruin the concert, but it was pretty noticeable.

TV on the Radio’s Dear Science was one of my five favorite albums of last year and was curious to see how the songs sounded live. “DLZ” sounded brilliant, with the crowd really getting into the “la, la, la’s.” “Shout Me Out” and “Love Dog” weren’t particularly stirring and their soft eloquence got lost in the mix that never seemed to get better.

It was a fairly quick set of just over an hour, which I didn’t mind when I saw them twice on their last tour, but they had an album less material to work with then. The banter was quick and basic. “Hi, Austin,” “How you feeling in the back?” and “We love you, Austin” were pretty much all they said.

I’d found a spot behind the stairs on the right for the encore after my Jalapeno brisket taco and the sound was a lot better.

I tweeted that I hoped for an encore combo of “Staring at the Sun,” and “Family Tree.” “Staring at the Sun” was a given, considering it’s their biggest hit, but “Family Tree” was just a dream. Two minutes later, they’re back on stage, playing the soft opening notes of my dream pick. It’s the song I imagined at the end of the ChicBuds video in the original concept that I still wish I could have made. I can’t hear it without picturing a couple finding each other in slow motion for a romantic rendezvous at the end of a movie.

They brought the opening band up to help with extra percussion on “The Method” and ended strong with “Staring at the Sun” as the first ten rows bounced with joy. A short set, standard encore and minimal banter doesn’t a wonderful show make, but it was a crash. 8.4/10

1 Response

  1. Brian.Halcyon Said,

    You are being kind, the sound was horrible. I tried a few spots and unless you were on top of the stage with the monitors dominating your auditory field, you were surrounded by a bucket of fail. I would have hauled our group of six up front, but the crowd up there was latched in and not giving up their sweet spots so we hunkered down in line with the sound booth. We did talk with the sound guy and they knew something was off or had failed, but they had no solution.

    I was so looking forward to hearing this material live, especially given TVotR’s reputation for delivering and especially at an outdoor venue that is typically reliable for making bands sound great. It’s a shame, really.

    Posted on May 18th, 2009 at 7:52 am

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