The votes have been tallied and the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame’s Class of 2019 runs the gamut from British rock to American R&B.
The seven artists that will be inducted are The Cure, Def Leppard, Janet Jackson, Stevie Nicks, Radiohead, Roxy Music, and The Zombies. They will be honored at the 34th annual Rock & Roll Hall of Fame induction ceremony on Friday, March 29, 2019, at Barclays Center in Brooklyn. Tickets will be available to the public in the new year, and the event will be broadcast live on HBO. Continue reading →
Around the beginning of this century, Radiohead lost interest in being a rock band. And can we blame them, honestly? Any doc you’ll watch on the “alternative” era — from the band’s own Meeting People Is Easy, released in 1998, back to 1992’s The Year Punk Broke, documenting Sonic Youth’s run on the European festival circuit — demonstrates how for all its perceived authenticity, this generation of artists was never completely unspoiled by the gross clutches of corporate commercialism. Even if they kept it at a distance, global capitalism was never far, and it must have been exhausting and emotionally sapping: everybody around you is trying to use you to make a name or a buck, and your choices are either ride the wave and then check out, or play the long game flip it to your advantage.
Thom Yorke, Johnny and Colin Greenwood, Ed O’Brian and Philip Selway chose the latter route; each record they released was more challenging, and met with greater acclaim, and while none of their other 90s hits reached the chart-topping ubiquity of their debut single “Creep,” I don’t think you’ll find anybody arguing that Pablo Honey is their best album.
That honor typically goes to 1997’s OK Computer, a wild and wide-reaching magnum opus that dabbles in mind-bending psychedelic experimentation, the technical prowess of prog, and good old fashion anthems critiquing society and its mind-numbing, isolated, consumerist drudgery as the curtain fell on the 20th century.
But for all its unconventional intricacies, OK Computer still was, at its core, a rock record. This was before Radiohead began using its position and privilege to make, quite frankly, whatever the hell kind of music it felt like. Before the haunting minimal electronic tone-scapes of Kid A, before the broke-down patchwork of Hail to the Thief‘s unrest, before the orchestral elegies of A Moon Shaped Pool. And as such, Radiohead’s performance at the Electric Factory on August 24, 1997 was the last time they played Philly as a rock band. Continue reading →
Confession time: I wasn’t 100% sure what to expect when revisiting Radiohead in a live setting for the first time in a decade. Sure, I knew objectively that I would be witnessing a technically proficient and dynamic performance, rich with songs from one of the strongest catalogs in modern rock history. I also knew that I would be ensconced in the enthusiastic energy of the crowd who filled in before, full of fans that no doubt pored over the relatively restrained material that the band has released over the last ten years with the same piety they devoted to the more conventionally accessible albums that preceded it. However, I didn’t know what or how I would feel, personally, when the lights went down on Tuesday night and that opening twinkle of “Daydreaming” filled the still air of the venue. In an instant, it was like no time had passed. For the two hours and change that followed, it was like time ceased to exist altogether. Along with the rest of the rapt audience, I was treated to a transfixing, transcendent night of music—the first of two in Philly that closed out the band’s tour for 2016’s elegant A Moon Shaped Pool—that simultaneously felt like catching up with an old friend and discovering a new favorite artist all over again. Continue reading →
Massively exciting news for you this morning: British rock titans Radiohead will headline Philadelphia arena Wells Fargo Center for two nights, on July 31st and August 1st, the final two dates of their summer tour this year. Continue reading →
Radiohead.tv is back in business, people. The iconic band recently resurrected the site so all Radiohead fans in the land shall have easy access to full set, live performances.
First up in the series re-installment is the band’s recent weekend two gig at Coachella. Sans first-week technical issues, Radiohead’s second performance spans a hefty two hours. Featuring an assortment of classics and fresher tracks, the setlist is bonkers. Continue reading →
Our New Music Show returns after the Memorial Day holiday, and we’ve got some catching up to do. Of course, Dan Auerbach just released Waiting on A Song so we’ll dip into that album. Plus, we represent Philly with new music from The Districts, Waxahatchee (read below), and a super cool collaboration between trumpeter Matt Cappy and rapper Chill Moody. Also, another song from Offa Rex (The Decemberists and Olivia Chaney) with Colin Meloy on lead. And we’ll give you a preview of another tune from Jason Isbell & the 400 Unit’s new album. Whew! We’ll hear all that and a lot more tonight starting at 8pm!
Radiohead’s reissue of OK Computer, OKNOTOK will mark the 20th anniversary of the seminal album, and the band just released a new video this morning of the newly unearthed track “I Promise.” Continue reading →
Ross Bellenoit continues to kick out the jams with his Future Corpsesproject, a year-long experiment in releasing monthly covers. We heard some unusual takes on Clapton’s “Lay Down Sally,” Iron & Wine’s “Innocent Bones,” and Genesis’ “It’s Gonna Get Better,” and now the local musician gives us an atmospheric take on “Lucky” by Radiohead. Continue reading →
My goodness, the spooky jams just keep rolling in from Vita and the Woolf. The electro-pop duo just released a new song, “Sun Drop,” and despite it’s light-filled name suggests, is a dark and eerie, powerful track. Continue reading →
Ok Computer from Radiohead was released in the summer of 1997 and now, to mark the seminal album’s 20th anniversary, Radiohead will be unveiling a special deluxe reissue called OKNOTOK. Continue reading →