TV ON THE RADIO + SHABAZZ PALACES + NOSTALGHIA + HANNIBAL BURESS @ THE HOLLYWOOD PALLADIUM
Photos and words by Samantha Saturday
At the end of “Forgetten,” TV on the Radio’s frontman Tunde Adebimpe encouraged fans at the Palladium to find a complete stranger and look into their eyes. “1-2-3-light!” he shouted several times, followed by a flash of bright white light from the stage to illuminate the crowd. It makes you wonder how many, if any, of those people connected. TVOTR has tremendous staying power, packing stages at festivals and bringing people together at their headlining shows. Hands were in the air as the crowd sang and danced along with tunes from their November 2014 release Seeds and favorites “Wolf Like Me” and “DLZ”.
The crowd was in for a special treat as comedian Hannibal Buress surprised them with a quick 15 minute set, including bits that had been scrapped from his recent appearance at the Roast of Justin Bieber and Tracy Jordan’s unique way of telling time.
TVOTR’s eclectic sound was echoed in their choice of openers. From Seattle, duo Shabazz Palaces performed some of the tightest hip-hop grooves you’ll find, with the charismatic Ishmael “Butterfly” Butler at the helm.
Nostalghia, led by the attention-grabbing Ciscandra Nostalghia, is a unique mix of dark “apocalyptic gypsy punk.”