Jim Carroll

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Oxegen – Yeah Yeah Yeahs, TV On The Radio

Reviews by me for The Daily Ticket Yeah Yeah Yeahs: it’s a blitz It’s their time. You can sense this in how the Yeah Yeah Yeahs approach this show. It’s pelting down, stagehands stand around with towels and mops and …

Sat, Jul 11, 2009, 21:44

   

Reviews by me for The Daily Ticket

Yeah Yeah Yeahs: it’s a blitz

It’s their time. You can sense this in how the Yeah Yeah Yeahs approach this show. It’s pelting down, stagehands stand around with towels and mops and there are worried glances at the speakers. But the Yeah Yeah Yeahs – particulary queenpin Karen O – aren’t going to let the weather stop them. You really can’t take your eyes off Karen O. Rocking a Peig Sayers shawl (provided the great bogeywoman of Irish lit frequented hip New York boutiques), she prowls the stage, throwing the kind of shapes usually found in advanced pilates. Throughout this gymnastic largesse, the hits keep coming. It’s the ones from “It’s Blitz!” that glue us to the stage – “Heads Will Roll”, “Dull Life” and “Zero” holding all the aces. We’re counting down the days to their August 26th gig in Belfast.

TV on the Radio: rockin’

TV On The Radio made a blink-and-you-missed-it appearance at Oxegen a couple of years ago – just a bunch of New York hipsters with one album to show for their toils. Few mentioned them in the Punchestown despatches on that occasion. Fast-forward to this outing in Kildare’s mudfields – thanks to last year’s “Dear Science”, an album that did for NYC art-rock what Ronaldo’s Real Madrid transfer did for his bank account, there’s a genuine interest in what they’re doing. It’s a sonic assault to savour, from how frontman Tunde Adebimpe’s vocals rage hard to band producer David Sitek’s wizardry with the guitar. They do “The Golden Age” like they have something to prove, and you’re rocked back on your feet at the intensity of it all. Who said there’s nothing on the TV these days?

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