Rock & Pop

TV on the Radio

When: Tue., Sept. 27, 8 p.m. 2011

Of all the rock quartets to come out of Brooklyn's garage scene, TV on the Radio is the one that will surely be consecrated in the pop music canon. The band is now a decade old and boasts an impressive catalog, including several EPs and four studio albums, plus recent Hollywood credits (singer TundeAdebimpe played the male lead in Jonathan Demme'sRachel Getting Married). For all its seeming concessions to fame and upward mobility, TV on the Radio is also famous for cutting its own cloth, and it still has a pretty varied stylistic palette. One need look no further than the hymnal a cappella love ballad, "Ambulance," which stands in stark contrast to the band's jangly up-tempo hits. (And really, how often do you hear a singer woo his interlocutor with the promise,I will be your ambulance, if you will be my accident?) There's no question that TV on the Radio has weathered a difficult year, in light of bassist Gerard Smith's death due to lung cancer. Nonetheless, the other band members are pulling through, touring with a new bassist, and basking in the glow of their most recent album, Nine Types of Light. They'll grace the Fox Theater (1807 Telegraph Ave., Oakland) on Tuesday, Sept. 27. 8 p.m., $35.

Rachel Swan

Price: $35

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