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Radiohead's 'Lift' Director Wants Fans To Work Out The Hidden Messages Themselves


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People really don't know what to make of the video for Radiohead's song 'Lift'; a previously unreleased track that didn't make it on to the original 'OK Computer' release. But as simple as it seems, it's definitely chock full of obscure and ambiguous symbolism.

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Directed by Oscar Hudson (who worked on visuals for the band's 2016 album 'A Moon Shaped Pool'), the video features frontman Thom Yorke travelling in an elevator as different people come in and out, though not all floors lead to corridors in a high-rise building; sometimes the door opens into someone's living room, giving brief glimpses of people's very different lives.

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Radiohead Refuse Israel Boycott And Play Their Longest Show In A Decade


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Radiohead have stuck to their guns and played their controversial gig in Israel, despite numerous campaigners urging them to boycott the country as a matter of cultural respect for the people of Palestine who are suffering under the government's rule. The question is: were they right to do it?

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Since they announced that they would be playing live at Yarkon Park in Tel Aviv, people from all over the internet have been warning the band against such a move because of the conflicts between Palestine and Israel. But they insist that just because the people of the country are under a government they don't necessarily agree with, doesn't mean they shouldn't get to enjoy a bit of Radiohead.

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Radiohead Respond To Critics Of Israel Gig


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Radiohead’s lead singer Thom Yorke has hit out at critics of the band’s decision to perform a concert in Israel on their current tour.

The band is set to play in Tel Aviv next week on the final date of their current world tour supporting last year's album A Moon Shaped Pool, but they have repeatedly come under fire from critics of Israel’s policies towards Palestine, and are being urged to call it off as part of a cultural boycott. They have played there eight times in their career, but not since 2000, well before the 2005 Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions (BDS) movement began.

Noted filmmaker Ken Loach wrote a critical article in The Independent on Tuesday this week (July 11th) attacking the group for their decision to play there, but the band’s singer Thom Yorke took to Twitter the following day to clarify their stance and that their gig was not in any way a sign that they endorse Israeli policies.

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The Xx Think Glastonbury Headline Slot Would Be Crazy


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The XX think it would be ''crazy'' to headline Glastonbury.

The band performed before Pyramid Stage headliners Radiohead at this year's event and their set was so well-received, they have been tipped to follow in their footsteps at a future festival but they still can't believe they've come that far.

Speaking to Matt Wilkinson, who was sitting in for Zane Lowe on Beats 1 Radio, singer and guitarist Romy Croft said: ''A few people have said that, the next step is, the only way you can go is up. I'm stumbling thinking about it because I think that does feel very crazy to me that that's even being talked about for us.

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Glastonbury 2017: Foo Fighters, Johnny Depp And The Killers Among The Highlights


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Another Glastonbury extravaganza has come and gone, and this time we won't see the UK's most renowned music event again for two years. It was certainly a week to remember, however, with top sets from headliners Foo Fighters, Radiohead and Ed Sheeran and so much other fun going on.

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Radiohead's 1997 Glastonbury Slot Was 'hell'


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Radiohead's first Glastonbury headline slot was ''a form of hell''.

The 'Creep' hitmakers are set to headline the famous English festival on Friday (23.06.17) after having previously performed in the top slot in 1997 and 2003, and have said their first foray into headlining the event 20 years ago put them into ''crisis mode''.

Their performance was riddled with technical difficulties, and guitarist Ed O'Brien has now recalled the moment their ''dream'' was transformed into ''a kind of hell''.

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Thom Yorke Reveals He Almost Walked Off Stage During Radiohead's 1997 Glastonbury Show


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It was the performance that came to be remembered as their defining moment as a band, but Radiohead lead singer Thom Yorke has revealed that he very nearly walked off stage during their headline slot at Glastonbury Festival twenty years ago.

The show, which took place a mere fortnight after the release of their masterpiece OK Computer in June 1997, was beset by technical hitches and production issues on the night, but Radiohead nevertheless delivered what is widely regarded to be the best Glasto performance ever, with most people present and watching at home on TV not noticing the problems.

During the encore of the set, Yorke even thanked the crowd for their patience because “all the speakers have been blowing up and stuff”.

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Jonny Greenwood To Open For His Band Radiohead On Tour


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Radiohead's Jonny Greenwood is to open for his band himself.

The 45-year-old guitarist's solo venture Junun is the main support act for the 'Creep' hitmakers at their forthcoming European shows in Oslo, Stockholm, Florence, Dublin, and Manchester.

They will also perform in Tel Aviv, Israel at Hayarkon Park on July 19.

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Thom Yorke and the rest of Radiohead seen headlining the MainStage at Coachella Weekend 1. Through out the set they experienced some sound problems - Indio, California, United States - Saturday 15th April 2017

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Top 10 Music Videos Of 2016


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2016 has been a strange year. Starting off with the death of David Bowie (pictured below) and ending with nobody in the world quite sure what is going it has been a constant journey of ups and downs. 

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But still, there has been some excellent music videos created to match this state of confusion; from Bowie to Anohni, there has always been a constant source of inspiration available in the ever-changing climate. Here we do a recap of our favourite videos of the year, good luck 2017 in trying to match some of these...

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Jim Pusey's Top Ten Albums Of 2016


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Yet the shifting social landscape and loss of musical icons doesn't seem to have galvanised any one artistic movement in response, surely that's on the horizon for 2017. But while this annus horribilis may not be remembered for a particular genre or artist capturing the cultural zeitgeist, it did reinforce the simple point that the concept of an album is not dead yet. From Bowie and Cohen quite brilliantly using the format as a last will and testament, Beyonce's lavish visual album for Lemonade, to Kanye and Frank Ocean bypassing some methods of traditional distribution, it's clear that the digital age of single song downloads hasn't killed the album as an artistic statement. Vinyl has helped to massively bolster sales of physical products too, emphasising the artistic merits of the album beyond simply the music on the record.

With that in mind, many well-established artists delivered records vying for position with their best work. Bands such as Weezer, Green Day, Biffy Clyro, and Against Me! may not be making many end of year top ten lists, but their output in 2016 has been impressively solid. Even Metallica returned with a record that lived up to its hype. Elsewhere other artists produced records that at an earlier point in the year would certainly have made my list; Ray LaMontagne, Brian Fallon, Iggy Pop, Shearwater, Wye Oak, A Tribe Called Quest, Bob Mould, PJ Harvey, Joseph Arthur, and St. Paul & The Broken Bones, all comfortably fit into that category. Of particular note was the album, which kept appearing on my list and then just falling frustratingly into a lower position. Underworld's Barbara Barbara, We Face A Shining Future is a glorious album. It's two men at a very different point in their lives using the music of their youth to paint a portrait of life post 50, and the result is uplifting and hopeful in a way that many other albums weren't this year. I'm delighted that Underworld has picked up a Grammy nomination for such a great record.

One final mention before sharing my ten favourite records of 2016 is for Jimmy Broomfield. Performing under the name Heart Of Oak, his debut EP, aptly titled EP 1, was released this year. It's a collection of songs that are deeply personal and wonderfully intimate with their bare bones performances. His song-writing is both clever and witty and if you're looking for some home-grown talent with a promising future you need look no further than Heart Of Oak's website.

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Primavera Sound Festival - Live Review


Thursday: As you walk the steady incline up to the festival site, chatter sparks from all directions from your fellow festival-goers as you reach the first gate to pass through. Swallowed by the atmosphere, you briefly snap out of your daze and remind yourself that you're surrounded by your friends equally happy to be reunited together.

Primavera Sound Festival - Live Review

Todd Terje is on in 20 minutes at the Bowers & Wilkins Sound System stage. Inhaling from my cigarette I look up and see a small stage to my left but more impressively, the Parc Del Forum at large. It's a beautiful structure which dominates the immediate skyline, towering over the site and its weekend habitants with the Mediterranean ocean stretching out behind it. You're at Primavera Sound - and trust me when I say that it's one of the best festivals you can experience on this side of the Atlantic.

We enter the Sound System Stage and I immediately notice that the speakers are ridiculously crisp. With Terje about to start, we queue up for some incredibly boozy mojitos and caipirinhas and head over to the tent which is already packed at 4pm. He is warmly welcomed onto the stage by a happy-go-lucky crowd as he punches into his much loved disco-revivalism, fiddles with classics and modern tracks alike as well as throwing in a couple of his much beloved hits. 

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Radiohead , Thom Yorke - Thom Yorke performs songs by Radiohead at the Roundhouse in Camden at Camden - London, United Kingdom - Friday 27th May 2016

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Radiohead - A Moon Shaped Pool Album Review


The longevity of Radiohead comes from their willingness to experiment throughout their career, and with that earnest dedication to creativity both through their music, their distribution methods (which have become revolutionary) and how they promote themselves, they are still recognisable and distinguished from anyone else. Whether it's from rock defining albums like The Bends and OK Computer, to the rich and alienating electronic soundscape that is Kid A and the incorporation of both these aspects on the politically outraged Hail to the Thief, or even to the fidgety electronic and ambient undertow of The King of Limbs, it is always Radiohead.

Radiohead - A Moon Shaped Pool Album Review

'A Moon Shaped Pool' is unarguably experimental, but feels like an exception to the rule. It's strange yet familiar, like recalling a dream from a week ago while doing something mundane in your day. This album is an exercise in the uncanny, in part because several of the songs on here are previously heard but unreleased favourites by fans. It's emotional in a similar vein to 'In Rainbows', and there's still some hints of cryptic notions about paranoia and anxiety, but with that Thom Yorke has never sounded so clear and vivid in his vocal delivery. It seems to be an album of tenderness and acceptance of those insecurities. Perhaps this is their most personal release to date, as a lot of discussion has arisen concerning Yorke's separation from his partner of 23 years, and Nigel Godrich has mentioned the death of his father while making the album and the impact that's had on 'A Moon Shaped Pool'. It's melodically one of their most accessible albums to date, yet with enough meticulous detail to make one always feel some pang of anxiety and uneasiness. Patience is the virtue of 'A Moon Shaped Pool', and it benefits entirely from it.

The musical arrangements and touches of ambience-bordering-psychedelia swirl 'A Moon Shaped Pool' together to feel thematically consistent which is an impressive feat. Credit must be given to long time collaborator, producer, and unofficial sixth member of the band Nigel Godrich with some of his best work since Beck's 'Sea Change'. To consider the knife-sharp strings of the first track 'Burn The Witch' with its wry lyrical listing of groupthink in comparison to the following track 'Daydreaming'. A subdued, sighing ballad with a distorted piano melody with such delicate simplicity metamorphosing into vivid detail before drifting back to its skeleton clauses, the effect is hypnotic. The melody for 'Dark Decks' is the quintessential Radiohead melody. It could have comfortably belonged on OK Computer with its science-fiction led lyrics, its sense of scale, gravitas and impending doom. 'Ful Stop' and 'Identikit' breathe in some energy and brooding synths within the album. Identikit particularly is a standout, its driving bass at the beginning by Colin Greenwood, it's shingling guitars at the break, and a moment of pure bliss with an ethereal choir chanting "Broken hearts, make it rain" while synth chords build, ending with a wonderful guitar solo will leave you short of breath. The startlingly blunt 'Glass Eyes' depicts a man experiencing a panic attack on a commute, which is borderline melodrama so rarely personalised by Yorke's lyrics. All this is accompanied by Jonny Greenwood's string arrangements swaying above, which although beautiful throughout 'A Moon Shaped Pool', stands out particularly here and on 'Tinker Tailor Solider Sailor Rich Man Poor Man Begger Man Thief'.

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Radiohead - Burn The Witch


After a rather mysterious weekend which saw the majority of Radiohead's official pages go offline, the band have uploaded this Trumpton style video for what is thought to be their new single Burn The Witch. This is the first material that the band have released since their 2011 album King Of The Limbs.

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Radiohead's Manager Says New Album Will Be Released "In June"


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Radiohead’s long-awaited new album is reportedly due to be released in June this year – at least according to the band’s manager. Brian Message was speaking at an event at a bar in London this week and is quoted as saying the record “will be like nothing you’ve ever heard”.

Message was speaking at an ‘In Conversation’ event at the London bar The Wanstead Tap, according to a tweet from the venue itself on Thursday evening (April 14th). The new record, which has been in the works for the best part of two years, is set to be the Oxford rock group’s first since 2011’s The King of Limbs.

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Radiohead Fans Angry And Disappointed As Roundhouse Tickets Sell Out Rapidly


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Radiohead lead singer Thom Yorke has said that he’s “f***ed off” that thousands of fans have struggled to get hold of tickets for the band’s London shows later this year, with second-hand tickets already changing hands for nearly £4,000 online.

Massive demand for the three nights at London’s intimate Roundhouse venue meant that tickets sold out in under one hour when they went on sale at 9am on Friday (March 18th). The Roundhouse only has a capacity of 3,300, meaning that the total availability of tickets over three nights amounted to less than 10,000.

It will be the first British dates that the legendary indie group has played since they did two nights at the O2 Arena back in 2012 – a venue that has a capacity of 20,000.

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Radiohead And Suede To Headline Primavera Sound 2016


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The 2016 line-up for Primavera Sound in Barcelona has finally been announced, with the likes of Radiohead, Suede and Brian Wilson heading up the event this summer. It's the sixteenth edition of the festival, and is bringing a broader range of musical talent than ever before.

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Radiohead will be bringing a taste of their yet to be released upcoming album to not only Primavera, but also a string of shows later in the year in their first tour since 2012. They'll be joined by LCD Soundsystem making their big comeback with James Murphy, Brian Wilson performing the whole of 'Pet Sounds' and, of course, Suede who will be performing not one but two shows no doubt showcasing their latest album 'Night Thoughts', which is due to be released tomorrow (January 22nd 2016).

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Radiohead's Thom Yorke Composes Score For Pinter Play On Broadway


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Radiohead frontman Thom Yorke has written what’s been described as an ‘epic and heartbreaking’ score for an new Broadway production of Harold Pinter’s Old Times, starring Clive Owen and Eve Best at New York’s Roundabout theatre.

Thom YorkeThom Yorke has composed the score for a production of Old Times on Broadway.

In a statement about the project Yorke said he'd "enjoyed exploring through music the script's themes of love and memory as well as Pinter's rhythms, twists and turns.”

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Jonny Greenwood Talks New Radiohead Album: "We've Changed Our Method"


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There’s always a tingle of anticipation when it comes to a new Radiohead album, and it seems that fans are going to be in for something a bit unexpected next time. Jonny Greenwood, the band’s guitarist, has indicated that the band has “changed our method” again.

In an interview with The Sunday Guardian, conversation turned to the group’s planned follow-up to 2011’s The King of Limbs, the recording process for which has been under way for “a couple of months”.

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Jonny Greenwood of Radiohead

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Radiohead Will Contribute An Unreleased Track To The "Inherent Vice" Soundtrack


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Calling all Radiohead diehards – Christmas has come early. A previously unreleased track by the band features in Paul Thomas Anderson’s Inherent Vice. The director’s adaptation of a Nicholas Pichon novel is already one of the most anticipated films of the year, and the song, Spooks, along with the soundtrack by Radiohead guitarist Jonny Greenwood, is just another reason to be excited.

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Director Paul Thomas Anderson.

Fans (and everyone else, for that matter) won’t get to hear the song until Inherent Vice hits US theaters on December 12, but the title might ring a bell. Spooks was one of the tracks the band was experimenting with ahead of the release of their 2006 EP In Rainbows and the subsequent tour. The track only saw 20 live performances, after which the band retired it, and it was not included in the In Rainbows.  

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Singles Chart To Include Streaming Services


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After a veritable explosion in the usage of online music streaming services over the past few years it has recently been announced that the UK singles chart will incorporate streaming sites into its accumulation of data. Previously, the chart was completed by both physical and online sales but the new-fangled incorporation of streaming services looks set to alter the makeup of the singles chart forever. What’s more, the fact that streaming services are being incorporated highlights a distinct shift in the way consumers are choosing to listen to music- eschewing physical and even digital purchases in favour of instant access to vast archives of music from a myriad of eras and styles.

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Thom Yorke of Radiohead has been a vocal critic of streaming services due to royalty issues.

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Radiohead - Adly Syairi Ramly, a self-proclaimed music and LEGO junkie, has transformed the toy brand's famous figures into some of the world's most iconic bands. Legendary acts such as the Beatles, Foo Fighters, Radiohead and Pearl Jam have been given a LEGO makeover and photographed using only an iPhone 5 with no added desktop editing. - Malaysia - Wednesday 19th March 2014

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Ed O Brien and Radiohead - Ed O'Brien of Radiohead Wednesday 29th February 2012 performing live at the Tampa Bay Times Forum in Tampa

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Ed O Brien and Radiohead

Atoms For Peace, Flea, Radiohead and Thom Yorke - Atoms For Peace, featuring Thom Yorke of Radiohead and Flea of Red Hot Chilli Peppers Tuesday 3rd August 2010 at Fuji Rock Festival Niigata, Japan

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Atoms For Peace, Flea, Radiohead and Thom Yorke
Atoms For Peace, Flea, Radiohead and Thom Yorke
Atoms For Peace, Flea, Radiohead and Thom Yorke
Atoms For Peace, Flea, Radiohead and Thom Yorke
Atoms For Peace, Flea, Radiohead and Thom Yorke

Famke Janssen and Radiohead Sunday 24th January 2010 oustide the Radiohead charity concert at the Henry Fonda Theatre in benefit of the Haiti earthquake Los Angeles, California

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Famke Janssen and Radiohead
Famke Janssen and Radiohead

Daniel Craig and Radiohead - Daniel Craig and Satsuki Mitchell Los Angeles, California - oustide the Radiohead charity concert at the Henry Fonda Theatre in benefit of the Haiti earthquake Sunday 24th January 2010

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Daniel Craig and Radiohead
Daniel Craig and Radiohead
Daniel Craig and Radiohead
Daniel Craig and Radiohead
Daniel Craig and Radiohead

Maggie Gyllenhaal, Peter Sarsgaard and Radiohead Sunday 24th January 2010 Maggie Gyllenhaal and her fiance Peter Sarsgaard leaving the charity Radiohead concert in benefit of the Haity earthquake Los Angeles, California

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Maggie Gyllenhaal, Peter Sarsgaard and Radiohead
Maggie Gyllenhaal, Peter Sarsgaard and Radiohead
Maggie Gyllenhaal, Peter Sarsgaard and Radiohead
Maggie Gyllenhaal, Peter Sarsgaard and Radiohead

Thom Yorke and Radiohead - Thom Yorke of Radiohead Saturday 29th August 2009 at Leeds & Reading Festival Leeds, England

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Thom Yorke and Radiohead

Radiohead - Colin Greenwood of Radiohead Jersey City, New Jersey - All Points West Music and Arts Festival at Liberty State Park - Day 2 Saturday 9th August 2008

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