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Wednesday, December 28 2011

The 2011 Artists of the Year

This year's top artists are a diverse lot represented by two of the world's biggest pop divas, a plethora of critically adored indie faves, some new talents emerging from the hip-hop underground, a couple of veteran Americana acts, and a few alt-rock legends among many more.


Tuesday, December 13 2011

The Most Disappointing Albums of 2011

The selections on this list aren't necessarily bad albums -- some actually happen to be among the most critically acclaimed of this year. In some cases, it's just that the albums weren't what fans were expecting, and in others, they were exactly what they were expecting.


Thursday, November 4 2010

The Best You Can Is Good Enough: Radiohead vs. The Corporate Machine

PopMatters' coverage of Kid A's 10th anniversary concludes with an exclusive excerpt from Marvin Lin's forthcoming 33 1/3 book about the album, here discussing why the band decided to abandon all conventional publicity mechanisms to promote the album, and what such gestures ultimately said about the band's mindset at the time ...


Wednesday, November 3 2010

All Things Reconsidered: Radiohead's 'Kid A'

To celebrate the album's 10th anniversary for the next two weeks, PopMatters has collected writings from all across the spectrum, covering the album from every angle and concluding with an exclusive excerpt from Marvin Lin's forthcoming 33 1/3 book about the iconic disc.


Wednesday, November 3 2010

The Spiritual Mechanisms in 'Kid A'

In this very personal interpretation of the meaning behind the album, Iulia Alexandra Nedea argues that behind the cold textures, Kid A actually tells a story about our losing our sense of spirituality in an increasingly isolated world, and what it means for all of us ...


Columns

Tuesday, March 1 2011

Marxism: The Music Theory That Never Goes Out of Style

How fitting that a post-punk band from the late '70s, fascinated by the Marxist metaphysics of modernity, would re-emerge to remind us that nothing new has happened in rock in decades. Of course Thom Yorke might disagree...


Tuesday, July 21 2009

Hail to the Thief, Again?

Thom Yorke’s thoughts about political power are in good company. Great theorists of power and justice agree: “you do it to yourself”.


Reviews

Sunday, May 20 2012

'Exit Music' Starts Strong, But Punts on Radiohead's Later Music

A revised edition of Randall's history of Radiohead provides an excellent summary of the band's genesis in Oxford, but provides diminishing returns when it comes to examining the quintet's most recent releases.


Thursday, March 29 2012

Radiohead + Other Lives: 9 March 2012 - St Louis, MO

The audience could not get enough Radiohead for they came back with not one, but two encores.


Thursday, March 22 2012

Radiohead: 13 March 2012 - Broomfield, CO

There were moments of brilliance throughout, and then there were moments that helped you realize, oh yeah, they are human. But nevertheless, when Thom Yorke dies he will lead the chorus in the choir of Heaven or Hell, whichever he chooses.


Sunday, October 30 2011

Radiohead: 28th September 2011 - New York

For Radiohead, these shows served as a warm-up for their 2012 tour beginning in February. For everyone else, it was as if the music gods decided to grant New York City an unexpected gift.


Monday, October 10 2011

Radiohead: TKOL RMX 1234567

Two possible outcomes: fresh perspectives that breathe new life into these often difficult tracks... or a straight-up snoozefest.


Blogs

Wednesday, October 16 2013

Atoms for Peace: 30 September 2013

Amok, the first studio album from Atoms for Peace, was released in February. Though the album received mostly good reviews and debuted in the #2 position


Friday, May 3 2013

Counterbalance No. 127: Radiohead's 'In Rainbows'

The infrastructure will collapse from voltage spikes. Throw your keys in the bowl, kiss your husband good night, and give a listen to the 127th most acclaimed album of all time.


Monday, October 8 2012

Radiohead Played 'Austin City Limits' This Weekend (video)

Radiohead played 11 songs from their impressive catalogue this weekend on 'Austin City Limits'. Twenty minutes of the set appears in the video below.


Friday, June 15 2012

Counterbalance No. 86: Radiohead's 'The Bends'

You can crush it but it's always here. You can crush it but it's always near. It's Radiohead's sophomore effort, and it's the 86th Most Acclaimed Album of All Time. Counterbalance gives a listen.


Monday, June 11 2012

Radiohead: 1 June 2012 - Newark, NJ

Newer songs, "Identikit" and "Supercollider", sounded much more spacious with their synths in comparison to the dense sonics from most of the songs off of Kid A.


Coachella 2012: Radiohead + St. Vincent (Mixed Media) [16.Apr.12]
Radiohead Fans Make Live in Praha DVD (Mixed Media) [21.Sep.10]
Radiohead as Suburban Avant Garde (Sound Affects) [29.Jun.10]
Minimalist Radiohead Music Video (Mixed Media) [16.Jun.10]
Radiohead - "Harry Patch (In Memory Of)" (Sound Affects) [5.Aug.09]

News

Monday, March 28 2011

If Radiohead releases studio-quality 'King of Limbs' downloads, will anyone listen?

LOS ANGELES — Ah, the good old days, when sonic philistines debated the merits of vinyl over compacts discs. This week, Radiohead may well spark a


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