Best Semi-Comeback: TV on the Radio
In a weekend stacked with comeback shows from locals who repped post-9/11 New York – the Strokes and Interpol, anyone? – that fact that it included TV on the Radio's first NYC show in over a year felt the most surprising. Opening with the forcefield that is "Young Liars," the band started out in top form and never wavered, going through a set that seemed propelled by need and showing how original a band they still are: No matter how many solo albums and production credits individual members rack up, it's this particular magic that clicks the best. Of the two songs they played from their forthcoming album – their first in three years, since the death of bassist Gerard Smith – one was a sweet, melancholy lullaby, the other a quietly seething rock number in which Tunde Adebimpe sang the line "thought you were my best friend, now I couldn't care less." Also, their trumpeter looked like white Jesus, which was cool. J.E.S.