Radiohead & Kendrick Lamar Are Headlining Coachella; Lady Gaga Replaces Beyoncé (UPDATE)

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UPDATE: Well…it looks like Beyoncé’s twin pregnancy is taking her out of this year’s Coachella Festival. Good new though — not only is she confirmed for 2018, Lady Gaga will also be taking her place for the upcoming run. So there’s that.

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Without a doubt, Coachella 2017 will be massive (as it is every year). Recently, the full line-up for the festival was released, which sees Radiohead, Beyoncé and Kendrick Lamar as headliners….they’ll be joined by essentially everybody — The xx, Travis Scott, ScHoolboy Q, Future, Gucci Mane, Dillon Francis, DJ Snake, Lorde, Lil Uzi Vert….everybody.

You can check out the impressive line-up below. Coachella takes place in Indio, California 14th to 16th April and 21st to 23rd April. Get your tickets here.

Radiohead Reveals North America/Europe Tour Dates; James Blake & More To Support

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Beginning next March, Radiohead will be hitting the road for some area/big stage/festival dates; this week, they’ve announced that they’ll also be joined by supporting acts for select dates (definitely hype for the James Blake appearance).

You can get the dates and support via the tweets below.


Radiohead, Arcade Fire & Run The Jewels Announced As Best Kept Secret Headliners

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As can be seen above, Radiohead, Arcade Fire and Run The Jewels have been announced as headliners for this year’s Best Kept Secret festival in the Netherlands. In addition, they’ll be joined by Floating Points, George Ezra, James Blake, Thundercat, Joy Orbison, Joey Purp and more…and this is the unfinished line-up so far.

It all takes place 16th to 19th June at the Beekse Bergen safari park in Hilvarenbeek. Get your tickets here.

Radiohead – ‘Harry Patch (In Memory Of)’ & ‘These Are My Twisted Words’

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Two Radiohead rarities from 2009 have found their way to streaming networks.

Two singles — ‘Harry Patch (In Memory Of)’ and ‘These Are My Twisted Words’ — are now available on Apple Music and others. ‘Harry Patch’ was created in tribute of its namesake, the last surviving soldier of World War I, and ‘These Are My Twisted Words’ was sold as a charitable donation to The Royal British Legion.

Check them out below.


MØ, Radiohead & Run The Jewels Announced for NorthSide 2017

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Danish festival NorthSide has already begun announcing a few impressive names for next year: MØ, Run The Jewels and Radiohead have been confirmed. In addition, XL artist List and hometown hero Bisse will be taking to the stage as well.

It all takes place 9th to 11th June. Get tickets and more information here.

Radiohead Confirmed for Open’er, Glastonbury 2017

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Radiohead are already locking down their festival dates for 2017. Not only has their headliner for Glastonbury been made official, it’s now also been confirmed that they’ll be in Poland for Open’er (one weekend after). Pretty confident that they’ll be confirming many more appearances soon enough.

Check out Radiohead tweets for Glastonbury (21st-25th June) and Open’er (28th June-1st July) below.


Mercury Prize Nominees: Skepta, Kano, Radiohead, David Bowie & More (UPDATE)

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Today saw the revelation of this year’s Mercury Prize nominees…of the names, we’re happy to see that Skepta’s Konnichiwa and Kano’s Made In The Manor made the list, another big win for the Grime culture. In addition, David Bowie received a posthumous nod for his release Blackstar; Radiohead, Laura Mvula and the 1975 got a look as well.

Check out the full list below…you can also listen to Lauren Laverne speaking to the nominees (including Skepta, who revealed that he pushed back Konnichiwa because of Drake) for BBC Radio 6 Music. UPDATE: Mistajam spoke to Kano as well; we’ve added that below as well.

MERCURY PRIZE 2016 NOMINEES:
Anohni – Hopelessness
Bat For Lashes – The Bride
David Bowie – Blackstar
Jamie Woon – Making Time
Kano – Made In The Manor
Laura Mvula – The Dreaming Room
Michael Kiwanuka – Love And Hate
Radiohead – A Moon Shaped Pool
Savages – Adore Life
Skepta – Konnichiwa
The 1975 – I Like It When You Sleep…
The Comet Is Coming – Channel The Spirits

Radiohead Continue Their Friday Vignette Series For ‘Identikit’

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This Friday's vignette is Identikit. Directed by Michał Marczak. www.michalmarczak.com #warsaw

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So, we’re a bit behind, admittedly — since the release of A Moon Shaped Pool, Radiohead has been releasing Instagram clips in promotion of the project…their latest has been for the track ‘Identikit’, which you can check out above and below. The clips were directed by Michal Marczak and The Lobster‘s Yorgos Lanthimos, respectively.

See more from the band via their Instagram page.

Next up in our series of vignettes is Identikit by Yorgos Lanthimos.

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Radiohead Announce ‘A Moon Shaped Pool’ Visual Series

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Radiohead is taking a deeper social media approaching to promoting their new (number one) album A Moon Shaped Pool; they’ve announced that different artists will be creating “short vignettes” visualising moments on the project. Above is the first, which comes courtesy of Tarik Barri.

Head over to their Instagram in the new future to see new clips; A Moon Shaped Pool can be streamed/downloaded here.

Radiohead Beats Out Skepta For #1 On The Official Albums Chart

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After a pretty fierce battle, Radiohead has managed to edge out Skepta for the number one slot on this week’s Official Album chart. Chart winner A Moon Shaped Pool racked up some 50,000 combined sales, while Skepta’s critically-acclaimed Konnichiwa earned a little over 35,000 — an amazing feat for an album that’s released 100% independently.

Other entries on this week’s chart include James Blake’s The Colour In Anything (#13) and KAYTRANADA’s 99.9% (#31). You can read more on the listing here.

We gotta say: we were admittedly hoping for Skepta to get that top spot, especially since he did beat out Drake and Beyoncé this week, as well…nonetheless (as Skepta pointed out in a recent interview with Semtex), displaying powers against all those names mentioned is absolutely incredible.

Congrats to Skepta and the Boy Better Know collective. Huge win for Grime.

REVIEW: Radiohead – A Moon Shaped Pool

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Few bands are so uncompromising and unpredictable in music, especially one as sonically defiant as Radiohead. The results only seem to get better as time goes on. It’s impossible to heap more praise on them that hasn’t been heaped, but their legacy as one of the last and greatest rock bands ever, is secure. They have detractors, but are one of music’s most consistent and inventive entities, often rejecting rock’s familiarities and archetypes and going for something much more less safe, more esoteric, and out there, as David Bowie’s Low, during his drug-fuelled experimental period in Berlin. This, of course, is not the only influence but one of many that Radiohead can fuse and incorporate into their music without sounding like mere imitations. Then they themselves become influential, and so it goes. There seem to be few things a band like Radiohead could want to achieve at this point. Having long past moved being “that weird band who did Creep.” Few bands claim to be as varied, innovative, and just good. After such a long, feverish successful run of albums, what now? They pull their social media accounts, website and entire online presence a week before they give us A Moon Shaped Pool.

There is certainly beauty to be found in the album, songs emanate through space, the sounds foreign, yet not too distant to alienate, and odd enough to entrance. They can create atmosphere like few do. It’s hard to listen to this album without the crushing weight of expectation. Radiohead have done so well in the past, how could this not be a disappointment? Unless they completely redefine music with every new album, they’re not topping themselves anymore. So with that in mind, Radiohead’s new album goes kind of mellow. The music is…slower. Things are not immediately catchy and hypnotic as they may have been in the past. There are many familiar elements, Nigel Godrich’s outstanding production, Thom Yorke’s signature wail, lush orchestrations, and intricate compositions. All of these add up to a Radiohead album that’s strong, just not as strong as before. It’s not the towering behemoth we might expect but it’s a solid album nonetheless. Minds may not be melted, but the songwriting is still good, the sounds are amazing, and the emotion is there. Radiohead on a bad day is still better than most bands on their best days.

Compared to 2011’s disappointing The King of Limbs, A Moon Shaped Pool, is a little more frantic, tense but not flailing. It sounds determined if not boring. It’s certainly not their best; it doesn’t reach the ecstatic highs of In Rainbows or that album’s infectiousness. Songs take their time to form and the listener is invited along for the discovery of something more than what one might think. Reverb is heavy throughout, synthesizers emote and glisten, melodies swell. Detractors may not be converted with this album, if anything, they’ll find less to like about the group. Songs like “Daydreaming” sound like the future dystopia of today, and invoke a feeling of discomfort and beauty. There’s another version of live staple “True Love Waits,” slowed down and spaced-out. While haunting, it’s just not as affecting as the live versions.

It’s Radiohead, but it’s just not as compelling as other albums from them. Yorke’s lyrics are still painfully introspective and touching, conveying a distance and sadness with his warble and words. There is still wonder to be found. We’ve come to expect something incredible when what we get might be really great from another band; it’s just mildly impressive in the context of their greater work. Although, the album can be hard to listen to as a whole, as it seems to drone on at times, songs go on without too much resolution, seeming to produce landscapes rather than stitched-out narratives, but maybe there’s more than meets the eye than can be seen in a few days time. This album is probably one to grow on you, but as usual with Radiohead, it requires patience. It’s a strong addition to their works in any case. We’re lucky to have a band like Radiohead in the first place. There’s a lot to discover here, as a new listener or longtime fan, challenging, but worth it. Overall, it’s pretty soft, but pretty good. A Moon Shaped Pool is a strong addition to the catalogue of many great albums released by one of music’s most innovative and enduring acts. Here’s to hoping Radiohead have it in them to produce more music that can surprise and reach people.

STREAM/DOWNLOAD: RADIOHEAD – A MOON SHAPED POOL

ALBUM STREAM: Radiohead – A Moon Shaped Pool

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Today, Radiohead returned to the fold with a brand-spankin’ new release A Moon Shaped Pool, their ninth album and official follow-up to 2011’s The King Of Lambs. The project includes the (also) very recent drops ‘Burn The Witch’ and ‘Daydreaming’, as well as live performance favourites ‘Desert Island Disk’, ‘Present Tense’, ‘Identikit’ and ‘Ful Stop’.

Nothing else to do but head over to Apple Music or iTunes to stream/download it; those looking for the physical release will have to wait until 17th June.

RADIOHEAD – A MOON SHAPED POOL (TRACKLISTING)
1. Burn the Witch
2. Daydreaming
3. Decks Dark
4. Desert Island Disk
5. Ful Stop
6. Glass Eyes
7. Identikit
8. The Numbers
9. Present Tense
10. Tinker Tailor Soldier Sailor Rich Man Poor Man Beggar Man Thief
11. True Love Waits