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For the People: Bush-Era Protest Songs and the Promise of Web 2.0

Remember when Bright Eyes' "When the President Talks to God" and TV on the Radio's "Dry Drunk Emperor" protested George W. Bush? And when the Internet was full of promise for the best of humankind?

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St. Vincent, Beck, and More Heat Up Boston Calling on Memorial Day Weekend

With vibrant performances by artists including St. Vincent and TV on the Radio, the first half of the bi-annual Boston Calling Festival brought additional excitement to Memorial Day weekend.

Brian Hoffstein
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TV on the Radio: Seeds

The painful loss of their friend and collaborator haunts TV on the Radio's newest album. However, the tortured and torturous love of Seeds are all products of a grieving band refusing to recede into themselves, brazenly choosing to affirm life.

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Fall 2014 New Music Playlist (audio)

PopMatters has 17 new songs plus notes to add to your fall soundtrack.

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Asher Roth: Retro Hash

Asher Roth avoids "I Love College" and presents an odd mixed bag.

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Icky Blossoms: Icky Blossoms

It seems a mission of Icky Blossoms to appeal to the basest carnality and emotional cues, reveling in the debauchery that can only arise in the darkest hours. Nocturnal they certainly are, their songs sounding equally at home in a sweat-stained rock club or in a night of solitude, spent in your room or cruising the streets.

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Phenomenal Handclap Band: Form & Control

A sophomore effort that proves PHB is capable of more and has higher aspirations – but still leaves the door open for the group to move in different directions.

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Austin City Limits: Saturday 17 September 2011

Once you get to Stevie level, people are going to wait for you and not really complain.

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With a Little Help From My Friends: An Interview with Dave Sitek

Building your production studio after viewing a Craigslist ad? Producing a mix-tape with Aziz Ansari? Calling up David Byrne for a collaboration just 'cos you can? All in a day's work for TV on the Radio's Dave Sitek, here revealing all the details about his new Maximum Balloon side-project ...

Ben Schumer
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Glasser: Ring

Glasser’s debut album, Ring, is filled with the kind of indie-pop pedigree that makes music PR people froth at the mouth. Fortunately, the album is hardly a collection of popular indie derivatives.

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Wale: Attention Deficit

Insecurity, bulimia, infidelity, intra-racial discrimination, self-loathing and coked out, aspirational celebrities: welcome to Wale's coming out party.

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Bonnaroo Day 1 (Friday, 12 June 2009)

Words by John Bohannon and Pictures by Karen Dunbar

John Bohannon
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Nat King Cole, Re: Generations

Nat Cole is given the posthumous remix treatment—and it works better than you might think.

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TV on the Radio

If there’s a singular element that TV on the Radio is capable of delivering on a regular basis it’s surely charisma.

Spencer Tricker
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TV on the Radio: Dear Science

The NYC band's dense sound is all one, a sonic totality of post-industrial digi-funk and the paranoid, lovesick blues of the Information Age.

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TV on the Radio

With TV on the Radio in town, blasting out new material alongside intense versions of “I Was a Lover” and “Wash the Day Away”, Buffalo, for a brief night, was the center of the universe.

Louis Battaglia
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TV on the Radio: Live at Amoeba Music

If it's so obvious from an artistic and commercial standpoint, it shouldn't be this hard to find.

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TV on the Radio: Return to Cookie Mountain

At the risk of courting tautology, it is evident now that TV on the Radio are and have always been TV on the Radio, with all the difficult, thorny, occasionally indulgent and frustrating impulses that such a statement implies.

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Splendour in the Grass 2006

We drove for 18 hours, but others came from Melbourne (38 hours round trip) and Western Australia (unspeakably far away) to pay their respects to the gods of rock.

Nick Gunn
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TV on the Radio

How do you mobilize a community comprised of young artists more concerned with nurturing voice than elevating it in protest? Throw a badass benefit concert.

Eddie Ciminelli
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TV on the Radio: New Health Rock

TV on the Radio are weird enough to be safely below the radar of the average rock fan for the time being, which is a good thing, because as good as they are, they are still a long way from being as good as they will be.

Tim O'Neil
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TV on the Radio: Desperate Youth, Blood Thirsty Babes

We know that TV on the Radio started with a brilliant debut, but we just have to hope that the band figures out where to point its gun.

Justin Cober-Lake
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