Concert Watch – Honey and Rainbows

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    When Radiohead released In Rainbows in 2007,
    it meant two things: a breakaway from the industry
    CD release of music and a world tour for Radiohead.
    Leaving their homes in Oxford 8212; and London 8212;
    the five members returned to the road, and will
    make a stop in Dallas on May 18 at Superpages.
    com Center.

    In Rainbows is the 1990s icon’s seventh album
    since the 2003 release of Hail to the Thief. In
    Rainbows bagan as a download-debut experiment
    by singer/guitarist Thom Yorke. Costing nothing or
    anything to download the album from the Radiohead
    Web site, In Rainbows was No. 1 in the United
    States and Britain when it was released on CD a
    few months later. Almost as experimental as their
    music, the turn away from industry profit proves
    Radiohead’s innovation and the freedom artists
    have to control their music.
    In Rainbows’ first track “15 Step” is a mix of
    beat-drops and lyric pops. Yorke’s voice, which
    seems always on the verge of sinking into unspoken,
    sometimes mangled lyrics, is clear and high-spirited
    8212; at least what is high-spirited for Radiohead.
    The fourth track, “Arpeggi,” can sink a listener
    back into that depressing moody melody that
    Radiohead has mastered since its first album,
    Pablo Honey, in 1992.
    The evolution and the art-gone-music that is
    Radiohead spans from the mid-1980s. The band
    was first known as “On A Friday” and later bacame
    Radiohead, a name officially dubbed and taken
    from a song by the rock band Talking Heads.
    Fighting through the exhaustion of releasing albums
    such as OK Computer (1997), touring, and resting
    in the years between album releases, Radiohead
    became the icon of the return of the guitar to music
    during a time that Britpop was exiting the music
    scene. Bands like Nirvana and REM had also set
    the stage for sounds with self-despising themes.
    Radiohead is often categorized in the same genre,
    music that ridicules itself and seems to highlight the
    fear of mediocrity and mainstream society.
    Listeners shouldn’t get caught up with that general
    part of music history or try to force Radiohead
    into a genre. The band has experimented with
    electronica, techno dance sounds, minimal vocals
    and heavy instrumentals 8212; particularly with the
    guitar and piano 8212; and plays a distortion of music,
    influenced by bands such as the Pixies.
    It was the song “Creep” on Radiohead’s first album
    Pablo Honey that brought the band attention.
    “Creep” was praised for the melody and lyrics but
    wasn’t expected to carry the band into success.
    It was deemed the hit single of Pablo Honey,
    which was followed by The Bends album in
    1995. Radiohead toyed skillfully with an electronic
    sound in the album Kid A (2000) with songs such
    as “Everything in its Right Place” and “Morning
    Bell,” but it was OK Computer (1997), themed
    on a machine-run society without the technoelectro
    sound, that brought Radiohead widespread
    recognition. The album included radio hits “Karma
    Police” and “Paranoid Android.” In 1998, OK
    Computer received a Grammy for best alternative
    music performance and was nominated for album
    of the year.
    After Kid A, Radiohead followed up with Amnesiac
    in 2001. Together, the two albums, which were
    released one year apart, complement the sound
    Radiohead was producing at the time. After the
    Hail to the Thief album release and tour in
    2003, Radiohead nestled into a quiet existence
    until In Rainbows. This album continues the
    instrumental quality Radiohead has mastered
    and alters the band’s specialty of existent/nonexistent
    lyrics.
    Radiohead band members include Yorke; Jonny
    Greenwood, guitar; Colin Greenwood, bass; Phil
    Selway, drums; and Ed O’Brien, guitar &- all raised
    in Oxford, which remains their stomping grounds
    after two decades of musical development. Except
    for O’Brien, who lives in London. When Radiohead
    comes to Dallas, it really will be “All I Need.

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