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Volume 69, Issue 29, Friday, October 3, 2003

Arts & Entertainment

Devoted fans flock to Radiohead

Bandis set erupts with fusion of lights, creative sound

By Lindsey Bowers
The Daily Cougar

Radioheadis concert Wednesday at the Cynthia Woods Mitchell Pavilion was an unscathed performance of their musical creativity.

Like avant garde artists fusing different colors and images onto a palate, the band combined the synthesizer with piano, drum and guitar to create an original work of art.

During "Paranoid Android" off the album OK Computer, vertical video screens on both sides of the stage glowed with a blue and burgundy-trimmed infra-red image of the lead singer, Thom Yorke, and slowly led into a climax of erupting color -- the stage lights and the video screens blared red, orange and yellow. Following the classic storytelling style, after the song climaxed it came down in a beautiful dénouement of soft-spoken lyrics and blue hues across the stage.

Radioheads' lead singer Thom Yorke entranced a sold out audience at the Cynthia Woods Mitchell Pavilion Sautrday. The band mixed lights, beats live video and synthetic sounds to evoke a sense of euphoria.

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The mixture of lights, beats, live video and synthetic sounds evoked a euphoric state in many listeners. The bandis rock-trance style enthralled much of the sold-out Pavilion attendees as shouts of genuine appreciation were heard through accolades of devoted Radiohead fans.

"I Might Be Wrong" off Amnesiac started out with a captivating jungle beat and then swung into the tambourine chiming a lighter, faster pace. As though the stage combusted because of the music, it gleamed with bright orange lights at the end of the song.

Most groups on tour need all the spotlights and set pieces on stage to make sure the audience leaves satisfied. For Radiohead, just the music alone is more than fulfilling. Adding a layer of gloss to what already was perfection, technical effects like white flashbulbs, a backdrop of colored lights and a smoke machine caused the music to come completely full circle.

The bright blue hues and studio-quality sound of "Idioteque" off Kid A seemed to bring the entire audience into movement as if each of their bodies served as a filter for the song.

"Fake Plastic Trees" on the album The Bends romanced the crowd with deep red lighting, grainy effects on the video screens and its harmonious sound. The bittersweet tone of "Fake Plastic Trees" stood out through its melancholy reminiscence of Yorkeis "fake plastic love."

The band played its radio hit "Karma Police" during their second encore performance of the night. Radiohead closed out the concert by performing "Everything in its Right Place" with the word "FOREVER" displayed on the backdrop in red lights. 

Mark Wiggins, a junior media production major, said it was perfect to end the show with that song.

"The beautiful autumn weather, the lighting and of course, the good music all came together to make it feel as though everything really was in its right place. Something about the message of ‘foreveri flashing across the stage at the end told us that the feeling didnit have to end when the concert was over."


Cynthia Woods Mitchell Pavillion

The verdict: Frontrunners in their craft, Radiohead performed works of musical genius.

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