Best Loop Duo: Tunde Adebimpe and Morgan Sorne
Three hours later, singer Tunde Adebimpe would lead his band TV on the Radio through a triumphant headlining slot at the NPR showcase at Stubb's. But at this moment, he was sitting on the stage (no chair or stool, on the actual stage) at the tiny 405 Club with his friend Morgan Sorne, experimenting with looping equipment. "Thank you for showing up," he told the crowd of about 80 people. "We're pretty much going to fuck around. You can do stuff."
The audience followed his lead and sat cross-legged on the club's wooden floor. They were then treated to Adebimpe and Sorne constructing songs in real time, hypnotically layering one sound on top of another into slow grooves, with Sorne's high-pitched keening contrasting with Adebimpe's rumbling voice. They patched together improvised percussion and snatches from their own songs, and when Adebimpe chanted a line like "there is life in it still," all ears were attuned to the nuances of repetition. By the end of the set, Adebimpe was reclining on one side: relaxed in posture, but at a high pitch of creativity.