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Coachella 2009 Day 2: TV on the Radio brings down the sun

April 19, 2009 |  8:19 am


"It's our goal to bring down the sun before we leave the stage," teased TV on the Radio singer Tunde Adebempe at the start of his band's set. With the blazing sun especially brutal Saturday, it was a welcome sentiment.

They achieved their goal as dusk and their warm, indie gospel washed over the main-stage crowd.

Rolling through a whip-smart mix of songs, they leaned heavily on their latest, "Dear Science," shimmying like mid-period Talking Heads through the multi-rhythmic nature of the album, ably assisted by a horn section led by L.A.'s own Double G. Older nuggets like "Young Liar" quieted the crowd even further.

But as always, it was their signature anthem, the techno-flavored "Staring at the Sun," that served as the perfect sunset soundtrack to open the evening's main-stage festivities, particularly the return of M.I.A, the cause of last year's Sahara tent catastrophe

-- Scott T. Sterling

Photo of TV on the Radio's Kyp Malone, left, and Tunde Adebimpe by Chris Pizzello / AP