Catalpa Music Festival 2012 - Saturday
TV on the Radio: With their unique blend of rock, electro-funk and a dash of soul, TV on Radio has released several critically acclaimed albums over the last decade. TV on the Radio tour dates and appearances have fans rockin' out to the smooth and funky stylings of the Brooklyn based multi-instrumental collection of artists. The TV on the Radio Tour 2011 is in support of their upcoming fifth album, Nine Types of Light, and has the band playing all over the country.
TV on Radio infuses classical instruments, such as the cello and violin, over well crafted synthesized beats that feature the quirky soul vocals of lead singer Tunde Adebimpe. The band formed in 2000 under Adebimpe and David Andrew Sitek's guidance and self-released the Radiohead referenced, "OK Calculator," in 2002. TV on the Radio quickly caught the attention of music execs and the band was signed to Chicago-based imprint Touch and Go Records to release their second album, Desperate Youth, Blood Thirsty Babes. It was with the release of their third album, Return to Cookie Mountain, that the band received widespread critical acclaim. Reaching the top 50 of the Billboard 200 Album charts, the album was highly regarded by critics and fans alike. Rolling Stone heralded Return to Cookie Mountain as the fourth best release of 2006, with Spin Magazine naming it album of the year. In support of the album, TV on the Radio tour dates were scheduled throughout the US and featured a guest appearance by Academy Award winning musician and Nine Inch Nails frontman, Trent Reznor.
TV on the Radio returned in 2008 with Dear Science and promoted the album with appearances on "The Late Show with David Letterman" and "Saturday Night Live." The album was instantly greeted with critical and commercial success, debuting just outside the top ten on The Billboard 200 Album charts. This time around, Rolling Stone magazine named it album of the year with Entertainment Weekly and MTV concurring. Instead of touring with the album, the band announced a year-long hiatus in 2009 to focus on individual side projects.
During this hiatus, the band kept busy in the studio and silently produced their fifth album, "Nine Types of Light," which will be released on April 12, 2011. Additionally, TV on the Radio tour dates were booked throughout North America. Fans who cannot wait to catch a TV on the Radio concert can download songs from their upcoming album off the band's official website. This punk/funk hip/rock band commands their audience to their feet and ensures a memorable experience. Use Eventful as your source for news on the TV on the Radio Tour 2011 and concert schedule updates.
Felix Da Housecat: Second-wave Chicago house impresario Felix Da Housecat entered the elite via his recordings (as himself, Thee Maddkatt Courtship, Aphrohead, Sharkimaxx) as well as his ownership of Radikal Fear Records, one of the premiere Chicago labels of the 1990s. An introduction to Chicago legend DJ Pierre during the mid-'80s gave the 15-year-old Felix Stallings, Jr. the kickstart he wanted, and with some help from Pierre, he produced his first single "Phantasy Girl" in 1987.
His parents discouraged his growing club lifestyle, however, and after high-school graduation Stallings left the scene entirely to attend Alabama State College. Over the course of a few years, he lost all interest in house music, though his girlfriend got him back into it. After calling DJ Pierre (who had moved to New York's Strictly Rhythm label), Felix began mixing and producing again. By 1992, he had a hit with the single "Thee Dawn" on Guerilla Records. His popularity soared in Europe, and the following year's "By Dawn's Early Light" and "Thee Industry Made Me Do It" cemented his reputation.
Not long after Stallings formed Radikal Fear Records, the label became one of the top house imprints in the world, thanks to releases from Mike Dunn, DJ Sneak, and Armando as well as Felix himself. During 1995, he released his debut full-length Alone in the Dark (as Thee Maddkatt Courtship) on Deep Distraxion. Hot on its heels came the label collection Radikal Fear: The Chicago All Stars and a Housecat DJ album titled Clashbackk Compilation Mix. Another production LP, Metropolis Present Day? Thee Album, followed in 1998. One year later, Stallings appeared extra busy; in addition to his first album as Aphrohead, he also released another Maddkatt Courtship LP, the highly praised I Know Elektrikboy. 2001 saw the release of Kittenz and Thee Glitz, a highly praised LP that helped him gain mainstream exposure through articles in glossy magazines across the globe — not to mention remix work for the likes of Madonna and Kylie Minogue. The proper follow-up, Devin Dazzle and the Neon Fever, didn't arrive until well over two years later, but Stallings put together a pair of mix albums (2002's Excursions and 2003's A Bugged Out Mix) during the intervening years.
My Pet Dragon: My Pet Dragon is a Brooklyn, NY based act creating a buzz because of their unique sound and live show. The sound of My Pet Dragon comes from singer/guitarist Todd Michaelsen, whose songwriting style blends epic rock sounds with various other influences including pop, eastern, and electronica. My Pet Dragon’s intense live show consists of Michaelsen’s music combined with the mesmerizing classical Indian dancing of his wife, Reena Shah, who also sings Vocals.
They have officially release one record called ’First Born’ in 2006 which highlights both organic and electronic production, and multi-layered instrumentation.
Umphrey's Mcgee: A six-piece progressive rock band from Chicago, IL, Umphrey's McGee has built a rabid fanbase through endless touring that puts them on the road 120+ nights a year. Their constantly evolving sound channels a wide spectrum of influences, while still preserving their distinct voice through crafty songwriting. With a massive repertoire of original songs and note-perfect covers, a live show is often like flipping through the presets on your radio dial. Their A.D.D. approach to "progressive improvisation" will often utilize a set of carefully devised (and Zappa inspired) hand signals that allows them to develop structure as they orchestrate their melodic creations on the fly.