TV on the Radio and Arctic Monkeys headline Hollywood Bowl on Sept. 25
On Sept. 25, the Hollywood Bowl will host one of the largest bills of the season with five acts: TV on the Radio, Arctic Monkeys, Panda Bear, Warpaint and Smith Westerns. Call it a mini-Coachella for fans of au courant rock, except it won't be repeating itself a week later.
All the bands have released fetching albums in the last year or so, or have albums on the near horizon, with TV on the Radio's "Nine Types of Light" praised as a crystalline gem of "brilliant clarity" by Pop & Hiss' Chris Barton. The U.K. football-loving Arctic Monkeys will be releasing the rather bluntly titled "Suck It and See" on Tuesday. Closer to home, Warpaint, the favorites of Chili Pepper John Frusciante, released its Rough Trade debut, "The Fool," last year, garnering praise from England to the foursome's home base in Los Angeles.
Except for TV on the Radio, all the acts are Bowl newbies. Animal Collective's Noah Lennox, a.k.a. Panda Bear, will radiate the September air with his static-and-synth onslaught from "Tomboy" in what will be his only West Coast performance in support of the album. Despite all members being born in the '90s, Chicago's Smith Westerns raided the '60s for its bright, psychedelic pop-influenced album, "Dye It Blonde."
Tickets go on sale June 18 at hollywoodbowl.com or at the box office.
-- Margaret Wappler
Photo: TV on the Radio, courtesy of the band.