Some people are Radiohead purists. They think Radiohead stopped making good records after Kid A back in 2000. That’s false. Yes, they’ve become (or became) way more trippy, electronic and produced. Newer records landed them far from the airy beauty of tracks like “Creep” or “High and Dry.” However, Nigel Godrich’s one of the most brilliant producers in the game. Have you not listened to Ultraista yet? It’s begging for you to spin it on your soon-to-be-open-windowed-spring nights. As Thom Yorke started to branch out on his own with solo records, Radiohead fans and non-fans alike looked on with intrigue. What would this reclusive, crazy and creative man bring to the table?
Some might say that Atoms for Peace and the brand new AMOK is his strongest effort yet. I’m not sure I’m in that camp, but I adored King of Limbs and In Rainbows as much as I respect and love OK Computer, and there I might draw squinted looks of disgust from said purists. But due to the fact that Radiohead’s an almost impossible band to catch on tour (frequency/price), any incarnation of the band feels like a rare opportunity worth jumping on.
Today, he and Godrich announced a massive run of European, North American and Japanese dates starting in July and running through to November. On September 24th, they’ll be at Temple’s Liacouras Center. I won’t lie, I had to look it up; it seems a slightly odd choice for an Atoms for Peace concert and rarely books big international tour stops. But we’ll mingle with new freshman for this one. Easy.