Pitchfork Fest 2011 — Day Three in pics
TV on the Radio
Parker Langvardt on TV on the Radio, and Odd Future..
With the sun finally setting behind the trees and buildings surrounding Union Park, TV on the Radio followed Cut Copy's late evening energy boosting set with their chilled out, soul-infused indie rock. Four songs into the show, the bassy saw-like synth on "New Cannonball Blues" permeated the crowd and got it moving. The combination of Kyp Malone's soothing vocals and Tunde Adebimpe's more assertive sound allows the band to play a huge array of styles while keeping a consistent vibe. They played at least a couple songs from every album, with a focus on their most recent offering Nine Types of Light. "Repetition" has a Fugazi-like feel that took the show to another level, leading into the obligatory (and totally enjoyable) performance of "Wolf Like Me." They proceeded to whip out Fugazi's "Waiting Room," a surefire secret weapon that will give any crowd the undeniable urge to groove. They closed with "Satellite" around 9:45PM, and despite feeling quite satisfied, another half hour of energetic playing would have sealed it as a legendary show.
In the two months since I saw Odd Future in Detroit, the group has progressed from a group of kids enjoying their newfound success to professional entertainers as a result of spending a few weeks touring the US and Europe. Their performance earlier today showed that everything about the group has tightened up; they articulate their words instead of yelling with their hands cupped around the mic, sync up rhythmically when dubbing backing vocals into each other's lines, even seeming to improvise freely throughout their set.
Tyler, The Creator started "Yonkers" a few lines in and made subtle changes to a few other songs, most likely to break the monotony of performing hits. The between song banter is shorter and more entertaining, and even though Tyler is still in a cast after breaking his ankle last month, he managed to get around the stage a bit, but not in his typical long-legged leaping manner. Sitting down or standing still seems to force him to focus harder on his delivery than his stage presence, and hopefully once he is on his feet again he will strike a good balance between the two. Hodgy Beats is now able to rap his occasional super fast verses in perfect time, and Mike G has emerged as one of Odd Future's exceptional talents, rapping smoothly over the guitar and percussion on "Everything That's Yours," which sounded a bit like "Planet Caravan" by Black Sabbath. Other standout songs included "64," "French," "Radicals," and their anti-cop anthem "F666 the Police."
Toro y Moi
Odd Future (by Dominick)
TV On The Radio