Duran Duran, Raphael Saadiq Rock the Classics at SXSW Stubb's Show

St. Patrick's Day brought out the youth in the concertgoers at SXSW last night (Mar. 17), as hordes of green-clad drunkards were heard howling and seen lining up for beer bongs. As fickle fans texted each other about getting shut out of all the upstart, band-of-the moment shows, this reporter was able to walk in to see indie legends TV on the Radio in under five minutes.

The band threw a curveball by having veteran bluesman Charles Bradley in the opening slot. The crowd wasn't quite sure what to do with the charismatic singer, who covered a number of standards and repeatedly told the audience he loved them (by one Twitterer's account, 62 times).

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TV on the Radio came out to a brightly backlit stage and immediately launched into "Young Liars," from their 2003 debut EP. The set was a mix of older tracks such as "Dancing Choose" and an intense version of "Wolf Like Me," along with a handful of songs from their forthcoming album, "Nine Types of Light." Although hampered by some sound problems, the band kept the energy level high all night, and the tambourines were a nice touch, too. The space did fill up towards the end of the night; maybe the kids finally came to their senses.

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