TV on the Radio is a Brooklyn-based band that was formed in 2000. They are known for their GenreBusting [[NeoclassicalPunkZydecoRockabilly sound]], often combining elements of HipHop, {{Soul}}, PostPunk, [[ElectronicMusic Electronica]], and AlternativeRock into their music.

'''Band members:'''
* Tunde Adebimpe: vocals, loops
* Kyp Malone: guitars, keyboards, loops
* David Andrew Sitek: vocals, guitars, bass, loops
* Jaleel Bunton: drums, vocals, loops, guitars
* Gerard Smith: bass, keyboards ([[AuthorExistenceFailure deceased]])

* ''OK Calculator'' (2002)
* ''Desperate Youth, Blood Thirsty Babes'' (2004)
* ''Music/ReturnToCookieMountain'' (2006)
* ''Dear Science'' (2008)
* ''Nine Types of Light'' (2011)
* ''Seeds'' (2014)

David Sitek has also produced quite a few albums, including all three of the albums from Music/YeahYeahYeahs. Tunde Adebimpe, for his part, has a respectable sideline as an actor, best known for playing the groom in ''Film/RachelGettingMarried''.

!!Tropes exhibited by this band include:
* AlbumTitleDrop: The title of their first album, "Desperate Youth, Bloodthirsty Babes," shows up during the climax of the first song, "The Wrong Way."
** Said in Seeds, which also doubles as their first TitleTrack.
* BadassBeard: Tunde usually sports a respectable stubble, but Kyp Malone's facial hair could rival UsefulNotes/RutherfordBHayes'.
* BlackSheepHit: "Dancing Choose" was their first mainstream hit single, yet features Tunde rapping which he had never done on record before.
* BrokenRecord: "My repetition, my repetition is this" x20 or so at the end of [[ExactlyWhatItSaysOnTheTin "Repetition"]].
* DarkerAndEdgier: The band came back after Gerard Smith's death with Mercy, which was the heaviest thing they'd done since Wolf Like Me.
* DestructoNookie: "Lover's Day." Sweet Jesus, "Lover's Day."
* GenreBusting
* GenreRoulette: Their albums contain any number of different song styles, including drum-and-bass, AvantGardeMusic, trip-hop, ACappella, PowerBallad, or NewWave. With this as well as GenreBusting and NeoclassicalPunkZydecoRockabilly under their belt, it is safe to say their music defies simple categorization.
* HeartbeatSoundtrack: "Tonight." Sounds more like a heart with a pacemaker or something, though.
* LastNoteNightmare: "Wolf Like Me" ends with a sound that is comparable to the transformation of a person to a wolf. Actually fitting, considering the name and the thematics of the song.
* MagicalNegro; [[PlayingWithATrope Played with]] in the song "The Wrong Way:"
-->''Wake up in a magic nigger movie / with the bright lights pointed at me / as a metaphor / teachin' folks the score / about patience, understanding, agape babe / and sweet sweet amour.''
* MindScrew: Tons of their music videos. "Province" is a particularly outstanding example.
* NamesTheSame: The band have a song called "Troubles" (iTunes bonus track to Nine Types Of Light) and one called "Trouble" (on Seeds, and a single). They are totally different songs, and this can be quite confusing for fans.
* NeoclassicalPunkZydecoRockabilly: Post-punk, {{Funk}}, electro, dub, {{Afrobeat}}, hip-hop, ProgressiveRock, gospel, NoiseRock, swing, SynthPop... and that's just only a fraction of what you'll hear in an average TV on the Radio album. Seeds even features a PunkRock song in "Lazerray".
* NonIndicativeName: "Second Song" is the first song on ''Nine Types of Light''. However, it is the second song in the tracklisting for the video version (the first being "Caffeinated Consciousness", which is the last track on the regular album).
* {{Parody}}: Their video for the song "You" in the video "Nine Types of Light" is a parody of Prince, possibly of the affectionate variety. In the movie, Tunde leaves the band and begins a solo career that is clearly modeled after Prince.
** Definitely an affectionate one, seeing as how they listed Music/{{Prince}} as one of their main influences.
* RecycledLyrics: Killer Crane and Ride both feature a chorus lyric of "Leave it behind" and recurring themes of looking to the sky. It would appear that they are related, Killer Crane being about their coming to terms with Gerard Smith's impending death, and Ride being about their desire to live life to the full whilst they still have it.
* ShoutOut: Their first album, ''OK Calculator'', was titled as a reference to Music/{{Radiohead}}'s MagnumOpus, ''Music/OKComputer''.
* StylisticSuck: The werewolves in the video for "Wolf Like Me" look like stop-motion killer poodles, probably deliberately.
** The saxes, flute and banal lyrics of "Make Love All Night Long".
*** The entirety of their demo album OK Calculator is acapella joke songs.
* ThreeChordsAndTheTruth: The band have three examples in "Wolf Like Me", "Mercy" and "Lazerray". "Lazerray" in particular is pure punk rock.
* TokenMinority: David Sitek is the only white guy in a band that is otherwise entirely black.