After bassist Gerard Smith's 2012 death from lung cancer, TV on the Radio almost called it quits.
"At the end of the last album and tour cycle I was on the page of, 'We could put this down right now and I'd feel really good about what we've done,'" TVOTR frontman Tunde Adebimpe recently told Billboard.
Two years later, though, Adebimpe and his Brooklyn indie band are back. They've just released a stellar new album, Seeds. And they're about to return to Miami for a Basel week experiment with Tumblr IRL.
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With Seeds collecting accolades from rock critics, the hipsterati, and even new fans, TVOTR has certainly reasserted its vitality, vigor, and indie cred.
And now, teaming with Tumblr for the microblogging site's first-ever Basel installation and performance, Adebimpe and crew are also underlining their meta-ness.
Set to unleash the new album and some older cuts "in real life," the band will play tunes while artist Julian Gross provides arty accompaniment.
There will also be a "Happy Idiot" sculpture, in honor of Seeds' lead single. Plus snow globes, paintings, and interactive pieces riffing on the album's cover art.
It promises to be an awesome experience, IRL.
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TV on the Radio. As part of Tumblr IRL's Art Basel Miami Beach art installation and performance. Friday, December 5. Miami Ironside Market Space, 7610 NE Fourth Ct., Miami. The show starts at 6 p.m. and ends at 9. Visit irlirl.tumblr.com/TVOTR.
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