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Radiohead and The National stars to release joint classical album

January 19th, 2014 8:30pm EST
Radiohead's Jonny Greenwood and The National's Bryce Dressner are stepping away from their rock roots to join forces for an album of classical music.

Both stars have spent their time away from their respective bands composing classical music and now they have decided to team up for St Carolyn By The Sea/Suite From There Will Be Blood, an album of two halves which will hit retailers in March (14).

The release will feature three compositions by Dressner, including 2007's Raphael, performed for the album by the Copenhagen Philharmonic Orchestra, and St. Carolyn By The Sea, on which Dressner'...

Radiohead voice support for Independent Venue Week

November 29th, 2013 3:10am EST
Radiohead and rocker Frank Turner have voiced their support for new British live music initiative Independent Venue Week.

The project, aimed at supporting small gig halls across Britain, will involve the bosses of 18 pubs and clubs curating six days of music in collaboration with artists, promoters, labels and blogs to help support up and coming talent.

Radiohead drummer Phil Selway says, "Small venues are the lifeblood of British music. When you start out as a band, you aspire to playing in your local venue and feel a sense of achievement when you get a gig there.

"In Oxford, we grew ...

White Stripes score 'most significant album'

October 29th, 2013 6:20am EDT
The White Stripes
The White Stripes' 'Elephant' has been voted the most significant album of the past 20 years.
The blues rock duo's 2003 record - featuring their huge hit 'Seven Nation Army', which propelled them to global stardom - was voted top in the '20 Albums That Shook the Last 20 Years' poll of readers by MOJO magazine, beating Bob Dylan, Arcade Fire and Radiohead.
The magazine's editor-in-chief, Phil Alexander, said: "A decade on from its release, 'Elephant' has lost none of its charm or power.
"Building on the band's three previous LPs, it delivered accessible and complex material in equal measur...

The White Stripes top two-decade album poll

October 29th, 2013 4:10am EDT
The White Stripes
The White Stripes' 2003 album Elephant has topped a new poll to find the best release from the last 20 years.

The chart-topping album, which featured instant classic Seven Nation Army, beat out discs from Arcade Fire and Bob Dylan to land at number one on the 20 Albums That Shook The Last 20 Years list created to mark the 20th anniversary of British music magazine Mojo.

Radiohead were the only act to land two albums in the top 20 - OK Computer at four and In Rainbows at 14 - and releases by The Strokes, Flaming Lips and Fleet Foxes made the top 10.

The top five is:

1. The White Stripes ...

Atoms for Peace staged surprise gig after scrapped festival appearance

October 16th, 2013 3:00am EDT
Atoms For Peace
Radiohead star Thom Yorke's supergroup Atoms For Peace staged a surprise concert for fans in Texas after storms prompted promoters to scrap their Austin City Limits festival appearance on Sunday (13Oct13).

Heavy rain and flash flooding warnings left organisers of the event with no choice but to cancel the final day of the festival - and sets from the National, Franz Ferdinand, Phoenix and Lionel Richie.

But Yorke and his bandmates refused to let the bad weather wreck their trip to Texas and they decided to play a surprise concert in town the same night they were due to take the ACL stage....

Paul McCartney used songs to impress Nancy

October 14th, 2013 5:20am EDT
Paul McCartney
Sir Paul McCartney used the songs on his latest album, 'New', to impress Nancy Shevell.
The legendary Beatles musician wrote the tracks for his current record when he first started dating the US businesswoman in 2007, and used to play her his compositions down the phone.
Speaking on UK TV show 'Lorraine', he said: "I started writing these new ones a couple of years ago when I was first going out with Nancy and I used to ring her up each morning, and I knew - because she was in New York and because of the time difference - I had a few hours to write something, so then I'd ring her up and sa...

Paul McCartney fears Thom Yorke will reject collaboration proposal

October 3rd, 2013 3:10am EDT
Thom Yorke
Legendary rocker Sir Paul McCartney is hesitant to reach out to Thom Yorke to propose plans for a dream collaboration because he fears the Radiohead frontman will reject him.

The Beatles icon admits his fashion designer daughter Stella is keen for the pair to hook up in the studio, but the Yesterday hitmaker is worried Yorke won't have time to fit him into his busy schedule.

He tells Britain's NME magazine, "My daughter Stella is very keen (for a Thom Yorke collaboration). She's got a project, she keeps saying to me, 'Ring Thom and just go into the studio and just see what you come out wi...

Thom Yorke inspires Willy Wonka character in new musical

June 23rd, 2013 8:40pm EDT
Thom Yorke
Radiohead frontman Thom Yorke has been unveiled as the unlikely source of inspiration for British actor Douglas Hodge's new take on Willy Wonka.

Roald Dahl's classic kids' book Charlie and the Chocolate Factory has been adapted for the London stage by filmmaker Sam Mendes, with Hodge playing kooky candy boss Wonka.

Hodge insists his performance isn't based on actors Gene Wilder or Johnny Depp, who previously played Wonka on the big screen, but instead rocker Yorke: "It's the way he dances. He's so tiny and birdlike."

The theatre star has also taken cues from rock icons Sir Mick Jagger an...

Concert bosses charged over Radiohead gig death

June 9th, 2013 4:38pm EDT
Bosses at a concert promoting company behind Radiohead's doomed Canadian gig last year (12) have been charged over the death of a technician.

Officials at the Canadian Ministry of Labour launched an investigation into the stage collapse which killed 33 year old Scott Johnson last June (12), hours before the British rockers were set to take to the stage in Toronto.

They have now charged Live Nation Canada on eight counts under the Occupational Health and Safety Act, while another four have been levied against staging company Optex Staging and Service. An engineer has also been hit with one...

Radiohead Fans Cry Foul

September 30th, 2012 5:13pm EDT
In an effort to curb the practice by ticket brokers to resell concert tickets at a vastly inflated price, three time Grammy Award winning platinum album selling alternative rockers Radiohead have instituted a new ticket policy that has some fans in an uproar.

In what irate fans are calling unfair the rockers are using a paperless ticket for their United Kingdom shows. The system lets concert goers buy tickets online using a credit card and then requiring that credit card, plus additional photo ID, to enter the concert. The policy does not allow for refunds and is a detriment to fans who...

Radiohead To Kickoff 'Austin City Limits' With Full-Hour Performance

August 28th, 2012 11:15am EDT
Austin City Limits, the groundbreaking PBS television series, returns for an unprecedented 38th Season this fall with a stellar line-up of performers. The first episode will premiere Saturday, October 6th, showcasing the iconic British band Radiohead in a rare full-hour television performance. Check local listings for times.

The upcoming season features a roster of the best in popular music, including Bon Iver (2012 Best New Artist Grammy Award winner), Bonnie Raitt with Mavis Staples, The Shins, and The Civil Wars. Audiences have unparalleled access to featured artists in an intimate s...

Radiohead Postpone Seven European Shows Following Tragic Stage Collapse

June 21st, 2012 6:18pm EDT
Radiohead have postponed a string of European dates on their current world tour in order to take time and get past the grief and shock that resulted after the band's stage collapsed in Toronto over the weekend.

The tragic event, which recalled scenes from last year's Indiana State Fair, left the band's drum technician dead and thousands of dollars worth of equipment damaged.

The band released a statement Thursday, reading: "As you will probably have heard the roof over the stage collapsed at our show in Toronto killing crew member Scott Johnson and injuring three other crew members. The c...

Concert Promoters Under Investigation After Radiohead Stage Collapse

June 19th, 2012 10:28pm EDT
The bosses of Radiohead's touring company are among the officials at the center of a new investigation following the death of a drum technician prior to a concert in Toronto, Canada.

Canadian Ministry of Labor investigators have launched a study into the stage collapse that resulted in the death of 33 year old Scott Johnson over the weekend, and the band's Ticker Tape Touring LLP is among the four companies involved, alongside concert promoter Live Nation.

Ministry spokesman Matt Blajer tells the Toronto Star, "We're still trying to figure out who owns what, who's responsible for what.


Radiohead 'Shattered' By Drum Technician's Death

June 18th, 2012 8:53am EDT
Rockers Radiohead have paid tribute to the crew member who died after a stage collapsed ahead of their show on Saturday night.

The British band was scheduled to play at Downsview Park in Toronto, Canada but the venue's structure collapsed in the afternoon, killing drum technician Scott Johnson.

The devastated group cancelled the concert, and drummer Philip Selway posted their condolences on their official website, writing, "We have all been shattered by the loss of Scott Johnson, our friend and colleague. He was a lovely man, always positive, supportive and funny; a highly skilled and v...

Coachella's Two-Weekend Festival Was A Big Success, Promoters Plan Same Format For 2013

May 14th, 2012 10:38pm EDT
Tupac Hologram
The two-weekend Coachella festival experiment was a big success - organizers are planning to stage the event over 10 days again next year.

Radiohead, Dr. Dre and Snoop Dogg and The Black Keys repeated headlining spots over two weekends last month and the line-up for both California festivals remained unchanged.

The idea proved to be so successful, it will be repeated in 2013.

No headliners or performers have been announced for the 2013 model, but organizers have confirmed the next Coachella will run from April 12-14 and April 19-21.

Tupac Shakur 'Resurrected' During Snoop Dogg's Performance At Coachella

April 16th, 2012 8:12am EDT
Tupac Shakur
Snoop Dogg and Dr. Dre brought Tupac Shakur back from the dead for a show stopping finale to the first Coachella weekend on Sunday night.

Shakur appeared as a hologram on the festival stage after a tribute performance of his hit California Love and the late star 'teamed up' with Snoop on Ain't Nothin' Like A Gangsta Party after an eerie solo rendition of Hail Mary from beyond the grave.

The ghostly apparition drew mixed reactions from those watching the set online, with one fan calling it "wrong on so many levels" and others stunned by the Tupac trick, tweeting, "WTF!"

However, most ra...

Anti-Gay Protestors Picket Radiohead Concert

March 13th, 2012 9:09am EDT
Radiohead became the latest act to be targeted by members of religious extremist group the Westboro Baptist Church when their show in Missouri was picketed on Saturday.

The anti-gay protest greeted the British band as they arrived at the venue in Kansas City - and became a talking point on the organization's website.

One post read, "God is undoing this nation and effecting (sic) all of your lives, with the moth that quietly eats the very fabric of your national garment. Radiohead is just such an event. Freak monkey's (sic) with mediocre tunes keeps you busy and focused by lightness."


Radiohead Signs On With New Anti-Ticket Scalping Company

March 4th, 2012 11:30am EST
British rockers Radiohead have signed up to a new ethical ticket sales scheme to protect their fans from unscrupulous scalpers.

The "Creep" hitmakers will tour extensively across the globe this year, and now concertgoers who buy tickets through the band's fan club can resell their seats to other fans at cost price through Ticket Trust if they are no longer able to make the date.

The musicians hope the partnership will stop the sale of tickets on secondary websites for inflated prices.

Chris Hufford, of the band's Courtyard Management company, says, "Radiohead are fortunate enough to have...

PJ Harvey's 'Let England Shake' Named Critics' Record Of The Year

December 19th, 2011 11:33am EST
PJ Harvey
PJ Harvey's acclaimed album Let England Shake has crowned a triumphant year for the British singer/songwriter after it was named the best record of 2011 by music critics.

Harvey's state-of-the-nation address scooped the prestigious Mercury Prize in September and topped the end-of-year charts in several British publications including Uncut, Mojo, and NME magazines.

And it's now been named UK music critics' album of 2011 in a major poll by record retailer HMV.

More than 30 media outlets were polled for their favorite discs of the last 12 months, and Let England Shake was the runaway win...

Adele's 'Rolling In The Deep' Named Song Of The Year

December 15th, 2011 9:05am EST
Adele's break-up anthem "Rolling In The Deep" has topped another major end-of-year music poll as 2011's best song.

Spin magazine editors have given the tune the edge over Beyonce's "Countdown" and "California" by EMA.

The Rapture's "How Deep is Your Love" and "Novacaine" by Frank Ocean complete Spin's top five tracks.

Adele's "Rolling in the Deep" recently picked up Best Single honors from Rolling Stone magazine.

Meanwhile, Canadian punk act F**ked Up have claimed the music publication's "Album of the Year" prize for "David Comes to Life."

The album beat Radiohead's "Lotus Flower," "Le...

Radiohead's Jonny Greenwood To Score Philip Seymour Hoffman And Amy Adams' New Movie

December 7th, 2011 12:16am EST
Jonny Greenwood
Radiohead star Jonny Greenwood has signed on to score Philip Seymour Hoffman and Amy Adams' new movie The Master.

The guitarist, who composed the soundtracks for There Will Be Blood, We Need to Talk About Kevin and Norwegian Wood, will work with jazz group Zed U on the project.

The film, set in the 1950s, will be directed by Paul Thomas Anderson, the man behind There Will Be Blood.

Greenwood has also previously provided music for Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire and Children of Men.

PJ Harvey Wins 2011 Uncut Music Award

November 28th, 2011 12:45pm EST
PJ Harvey
Singer/songwriter PJ Harvey has fought off competition from Radiohead and Paul Simon to land Britain's prestigious Uncut Music Award 2011 for her album Let England Shake.

The war-themed record landed the coveted Mercury Prize in September, and the honors are accumulating for Harvey.

Editors at respected U.K. music magazine Uncut have handed her their top music award ahead of rockers Radiohead, Simon, and other artists including Bon Iver and Fleet Foxes.

Harvey says, "I'm very pleased to get the Uncut Music Award 2011, and it strengthens my desire to carry on pursuing the avenues of wo...

Radiohead's Thom Yorke Calls For Urgent Climate Change Action

October 22nd, 2011 5:30pm EDT
Thom Yorke
Radiohead rocker Thom Yorke has urged politicians to forge ahead with plans to combat climate change after a leading research project dismissed claims the issue has been overhyped.

Campaigners pushing for radical action to head off global warming were blindsided in 2009 when leaked emails from researchers in the U.K. suggested statistics had been manipulated.

A major investigation was undertaken by U.S. scientific group the Berkeley Earth Project in the wake of the allegations, and the results - confirming the Earth's surface is increasing in temperature - were published on Friday.


'The Sing-Off': Sonos After Their Exit!

October 17th, 2011 11:00am EDT
The Sing-Off
NBC's The Sing-Off said goodbye to Sonos last week - and I caught up with Chris Harrison to ask about the group's next moves!

What were you expecting when you started on the show, and how did things compare to your expectations?

I will be completely honest - I did not expect us to be there terribly long, because we were performing our music in a way we weren't used to at all. Most of our songs are often lesser known, or moody and quiet. We're not using the tools that we usually use. All of a sudden we really felt the size of our group as five.

Another thing - we had not used chore...

Radiohead's 'Paranoid Android' Tops Best Song List

October 14th, 2011 10:49am EDT
Radiohead's "Paranoid Android" has topped a new list of the best songs of the past 15 years.

The 1997 track beat out Arcade Fire's "Rebellion (Lies)" and "Hey Ya!" by Outkast in the countdown.

The Strokes' "Last Nite" and "Mr. Brightside" by The Killers also made the top five, while tunes by The White Stripes ("Fell In Love With A Girl"), Hot Chip ("Over And Over"), The Verve ("Bittersweet Symphony") and the late Amy Winehouse ("Rehab") made the top 10.

Peter Gabriel Rethinking Covers Album Project

October 10th, 2011 9:40pm EDT
Peter Gabriel
Peter Gabriel is re-imagining his "I'll Scratch Yours" covers album project - because so many artists whose hits he covered on his "Scratch My Back" release aren't interested in reworking his songs.

Gabriel recorded orchestral renditions of songs by David Bowie, Arcade Fire, Neil Young and Radiohead among others for the 2010 album and he had hoped the artists would return the favor for a covers album of his own work.

But too many of the acts he honored with orchestral makeovers aren't interested in being part of the project.

He tells Rolling Stone magazine, "I've sort of given up waiting...

Radiohead Tweet Support To Wall Street Protesters

October 1st, 2011 5:00pm EDT
British rockers Radiohead have sent their best wishes to protesters at an economic rally in New York after dismissing rumors they were set to perform a surprise set on Friday as a show of solidarity.

Activists set up camp in lower Manhattan as part of the ongoing Occupy Wall Street campaign, rallying against social inequality, and rumors began swirling online early on Friday suggesting the band was planning to make an unannounced appearance to play a mini-set.

Many celebrity fans took to Twitter to spread the word, including rap mogul Russell Simmons, who wrote, "rumor is that Radiohead w...

Radiohead Planning Surprise Protest Concert?

September 30th, 2011 2:25pm EDT
Rockers Radiohead have sent fans into a frenzy amid rumors they will perform a surprise show on Friday afternoon during an economic rally in New York.

Protesters have set up camp in lower Manhattan as part of the ongoing Occupy Wall Street campaign, rallying against social inequality.

A host of celebrities and social activists including Susan Sarandon, rap mogul Russell Simmons and documentary maker Michael Moore have shown their support for the cause by making appearances, and now Radiohead look set to add their voices to the campaign by allegedly planning a special show in the heart o...

Radiohead Contemplating Tour After Glastonbury Triumph

July 30th, 2011 8:30am EDT
Radiohead are discussing hitting the road for a new tour after a secret set at Britain's iconic Glastonbury festival breathed "a new lease of life" into the band.

The Creep rockers caused chaos at the music event last month after news of their planned surprise appearance swept across the festival, leading to thousands of fans to flock to the stage.

The group played a number of tracks from their new album, and drummer Philip Selway insists the excitement around their set reinvigorated their love of performing, and sparked the idea of a new trek.

He tells BBC 6 Music, "Absolutely, that (...

Radiohead Plays 'Hush' Show At Glastonbury

June 25th, 2011 12:00pm EDT
Rockers Radiohead took to the stage at Britain's Glastonbury festival in front of thousands of fans on Friday after news of their secret set leaked earlier in the day.

The band hoped to thrill revelers at the event's Park Stage by performing unannounced in the "surprise guest" slot, but details of their appearance swept the festival in the afternoon after staff at reported they had received confirmation of the show.

As a result, more than 5,000 fans flooded into the area in time to see the Creep rockers take to the stage. Hundreds more were locked out of the field in front of the ...

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