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The 100 Best Albums of the 2000s: 20-1

These 20 best records of the 2000s feature some familiar faces, but also several that have grown more fond in memory.

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The 50 Best Songs of 2007

Journey back 13 years to a stellar year for Rihanna, M.I.A., Arcade Fire, and Kanye West. From hip-hop to indie rock and everywhere in between, PopMatters picks the best 50 songs of 2007.

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The 60 Best Albums of 2007

From tech house to Radiohead and Americana to indie and everything in between, the 60 best albums of 2007 included many of the 2000s' best albums.

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Counterbalance No. 13: Radiohead - 'OK Computer'

Is Radiohead's OK Computer the last canonical rock album? Counterbalance debates the case.

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The 20 Best Album Re-Issues of 2009

Step back 10 years when we presented our 20 best re-issues of 2009, highlighted by the long overdue remastering of the Beatles oeuvre, a number of '80s and '90s classics, and one of the most storied catalogues in electronic music.

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Thom Yorke's 'ANIMA' Offers an Uplifting Kind of Dystopia

Radiohead frontman Thom Yorke's third solo album ANIMA offers relatively peppy music to accompany his unsurprisingly bleak lyrical worldview, but it all works rather wonderfully.

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Two Hour Rush Inside Thom Yorke's Glitchy Kaleidoscope

Thom Yorke provides the finest in dreary ballads and glitchy music at a sold-out solo show at King's Theatre in Brooklyn.

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Radiohead Dive Deep into the Pool at the Garden

Catching the first two Radiohead shows in New York City practically makes attending the last two essential.

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Echo Collective Pays a Glorious Homage to Radiohead's 'Amnesiac'

Echo Collective Plays Amnesiac is a stunning record of vibrant highs and sedated lows, interpreted with irresistible grace and wit by a stellar group of musicians.

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The 21 Best Album Re-Issues of 2017

In 2017, the music world saw amazing reissues from all over the genre map, spanning rock titans to indie upstarts and jazz to soul.

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Philip Selway: Let Me Go Original Soundtrack

Leave it to a film about a family torn apart by Nazi activity to bring the best out of Radiohead's Philip Selway.

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Radiohead - "Lift" (Singles Going Steady)

The OK Computer reissue keeps on giving with the new video for previously unreleased track “Lift”.

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Radiohead Music Theory, Pure and Simple

The most intelligent bunch of musicians to ever sell out an arena are the subject of rich, in-depth critical analysis. Have a highlighter and headphones handy.

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Radiohead - "Man of War" (Singles Going Steady)

Previously unreleased "Man of War" is quintessential Radiohead: melancholy, unsettling, and full of high drama.

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'OKNOTOK' and the Nostalgic Radiohead

Radiohead completists already own much of what is on OKNOTOK, but those wanting to experience OK Computer for the first time need look no further than here.

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Radiohead - "I Promise" (Singles Going Steady)

Radiohead manages to capture the alienation and existential dread of the end of the millennium but does so through the simplest of ideas.

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2016: The Final Year of the Surprise Album (Hopefully)

Dropping unexpected albums is a growing trend and one that should be done away with.

Dan Kok
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Radiohead - "The Numbers" (Singles Going Steady)

Thom Yorke, Jonny Greenwood and a CR78 drum machine are back to treat fans now to a minimalist take on the song.

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The Good and Bad of ACL 2016 Weekend Two

No music festival is perfect, but with its stacked lineup and orderly schedule Austin City Limits Festival 2016 is a success in all the important ways.

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Lollapalooza Berlin: Kings of Leon Bring Sound, Radiohead Bring Fury

A-list rockers headline Germany's second Lolla installment

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Radiohead's Sublime Return to New York City (MSG Photos)

Radiohead performed "Creep" in New York City for a lucky 15,000 people (give or take).

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The Wonderland-like Experience of the 2016 Outside Lands Music and Arts Festival

There’s something special about experiencing live music in this place, where the trees are lit up in psychedelic colors. It makes feel like one has gone down a rabbit hole into "Wonderland".

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The 100 Greatest Alternative Singles of the '90s - Part 5 (20 - 1)

The fifth and final part of our examination of the 100 Greatest Alternative Singles of the '90s, includes Portishead, Blur, Björk, R.E.M., Nine Inch Nails and more.

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Radiohead - "Daydreaming" (Singles Going Steady)

"Daydreaming" sounds exactly like what you would expect Radiohead to sound like in 2016.

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Radiohead: A Moon Shaped Pool

After the longest absence between studio albums in their career, Radiohead returns with yet another studio triumph.

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Radiohead - "Burn the Witch" (Singles Going Steady)

"Burn the Witch" itself is quintessentially Radiohead, suffused, from the first burst of pizzicato string-twitches to the final chorus-swirl of orchestration and anxiety, with the band's ethereal crypto-rock aesthetic.

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"Why Don't You Try Writing Your Own Songs?": 'The Bends' and Its Cover Songs

Three unique takes on tracks from The Bends, spanning the stripped-down acoustic to the full-fledged orchestral, represent how these songs still have the power to stun two decades later.

Scott Elingburg
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PopTalk: Can Some Artists Become Immune to Serious Criticism?

In the eyes of critics, can David Lynch ever make a bad film? Or Kanye West a bad album?

Evan Sawdey and Brice Ezell
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Radiohead's 'The Bends' and the Escape from Alternative Nation

While OK Computer is important in its own right, The Bends transformed Radiohead from being a potentially indistinguishable Alternative Nation contributor to a band who has redefined the term "rock" for the past two decades.

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The Leap: The Universe of Difference Between 'Pablo Honey' and 'The Bends'

In jumping forward from the lackluster Pablo Honey, Radiohead finally started becoming the Radiohead that is idolized today.

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This Is Our New Song: 'The Bends' and the Reformation of Alternative Rock

The Bends was the genesis of Radiohead’s perceptive, forward-thinking tendencies, which would go on to inspire countless musicians in myriad ways.

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'The Bends' and the Blazing of a Trail Into the New Millennium

Amidst a transformational time in the post-Vietnam and post-Reagan eras, The Bends represented a transition between the tumultuous latter half of the 20th century and the new millennium ahead.

Vance Martin
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Too Smart to Be Naive, Too Young to Be Jaded: 'The Bends' and Teen Angst

Even teenagers two decades removed from The Bends' original release can still find deep emotional connections to its depiction of isolation and dissatisfaction.

Amulya Tadimety
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"Where Do We Go from Here?" 'The Bends' of the 20th Century and Beyond

The Bends is the 20th century's identity emerging under pressure, forced to search bleakly for some form of cohesion among an increasingly artificial and commercial world.

Brian Schmitt
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The Annotated Guide to the Music Videos of Radiohead's 'The Bends'

With The Bends Radiohead left an impressive music video legacy, one that would extend to later masterpieces such as OK Computer.

Marcus Smith
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Weird Fruit: Jonny Greenwood’s Creative Contribution to 'The Bends'

Jonny Greenwoods' musical achievements on The Bends represent as far as he was ever going to get by limiting himself to channelling his ideas through his guitar.

Neil Barrett
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PopTalk: The 2015 Grammys, "True Artistry", and Meme Culture

The latest PopTalk podcast takes a look at whether or not, as Kanye West suggests, the Grammys and awards culture in general can or should care about "true artistry".

Evan Sawdey and Brice Ezell

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