TV on the Radio
Music Farm
Oct. 27

TV on the Radio has swag — the kind of swag that’s unforced. The natural, flawless, undeniable swag that not many can pull off. Yet, even with their swaggerific nature, the Brooklyn-based rockers come off as an incredibly modest, down-to-earth bunch.

On Thursday night (Oct. 27), the five-piece, whose music crosses a diverse variety of genres, brought both their humble swag and a healthy serving of powerful ballads, old and new, to the Music Farm. A large and, at times, quite rowdy crowd was into it from the start. A wave of head nods and bobbing shoulders rippled through the room as the TVOTR delivered solid renditions of hits such as “Golden Age” and “Young Liars,” while mixing in “Caffeinated Consciousness” and “Will Do” off of their newest LP, Nine Types of Light. There was a distinct rise in audience participation when “Staring at the Sun” blared through the speakers. Think of “blared” in quite the literal sense; the volume level was incredibly high, but the sound quality was virtually untarnished.

Lead singer Tunde Adebimpe and guitarist Kyp Malone vibed with enthusiastic fans, giving handshakes between songs, and thanking those in attendance for their “generosity” several times.

TV on the Radio closed show with “Wolf Like Me,” arguably their most identifiable song. They made a brief retreat off stage to echoes from the crowd of, “We’re howling forever,” lyrics from the track’s final verse. The sweat-soaked fans’ desire for more was quickly satisfied. As the raucous three-song encore was coming to a close, one valiant fan climbed on stage, yet the band seemed unfazed, almost encouraging the participation.

Finishing up their final song, Adebimpe mistakenly said, “Goodbye Charlotte,” but quickly realized and corrected himself, insisting, “I kid, I kid, we love you Charleston.” This slight blunder didn’t put a damper on many spirits, and as the crowd cleared out, one audience member, Andrew Price, exclaimed the performance was “beyond words.”

Remaining true to the impression they give off of being unpretentious rock stars, the band members made a quick appearance at the Recovery Room on King Street after the show, shaking hands, giving out hugs, and carrying casual conversations with adoring fans. While their music was the reason for wall-to-wall bodies at the Farm, TV on the Radio treated Charleston to much more than your run-of-the-mill concert experience.