Just-left-of-mainstream music lovers such as myself have likely heard some buzz lately about the Boston-based indie band TV On The Radio (TVOTR). The first track from the group’s imminent album "Dear Science" surfaced last week and fans (based on my meanderings around Cyberspace that is) pretty much went crazy over it. So naturally, when I learned TVOTR is slated to play at our little Lakewood Theater, I decided to learn a thing or two about them — so I downloaded a couple of their songs, "Wolf Like Me" and "Staring at the Sun". Plus, I listened to the aforementioned track —which is absolutely cool.

Here are five other things I discovered within five minutes of googling TV On The Radio:

Their first release in 2001 was entitled OK Calculator, which I am fairly confident is a dig/nod to the Radiohead album OK Computer.

Their last album, Return to Cookie Mountain, was so widely acclaimed that the previously ignored rockers wound up on Letterman, Jimmy Kimmel, plus both Rolling Stone and Spin magazine’s Album and Artists of the Year lists, to name a few.

David Bowie—a self-proclaimed fan of the band— lends some vocals to Cookie Mountain.

TVOTR’s frontman Tunde Adebimpe starred in the 2001 independent film Jump Tomorrow.

Group member David Andrew Sitek produced albums for the Yeah Yeah Yeahs, a pop band whose songs show up on the Rock Band video game set list. Need I say more?

They are at the Lakewood October 28, which also happens to be the historic theater’s 70th anniversary party. Oh, I am sooo there.


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