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Thursday, April 12, 2012

Live Review, 4/11/12: Radiohead Moves to the Beat in San Jose

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CHRISTOPHER VICTORIO
  • Christopher Victorio

And speaking of profundity, let's just mention one more time what a revelation Radiohead's music is onstage: Even when it is more or less faithful to its recordings -- which isn't often -- the band's songs take on new dimensions live: Set opener "Bloom" brought a jazzy familiarity that's missing from the difficult original, and "Reckoner" felt like a downtrodden belt-it-out soul tune, hitting far closer to the heart than expected. Much of last night's show felt and functioned like a dance party, too, with the murky polyrhythms of Phillip Selway and tour drummer Clive Deamer inspiring almost as much movement among the audience as Yorke showed onstage.

In this vein, the ever-awesome "Idioteque" closed the show by blossoming from a claustrophobic electro-bleat into a full-on drum 'n' bass rave, losing zero emotional intensity but gaining an anxious energy that just made you want to fling your body around, in glee and grief, like a crazy person. Thankfully there was already one onstage, showing the way.

CHRISTOPHER VICTORIO
  • Christopher Victorio

Critic's Notebook

Personal bias: I definitely love Radiohead, but I'm not a hardcore fan. Or at least I thought I wasn't until last night.

One complaint: Radiohead sucks at ending songs, at least live. Last night, many just stopped with no apparent reason or hint. Just blammo. Over. Done. Maybe they should take a lesson from Bob Mould.

Setlist and more photos after the jump.

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