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Thom Yorke's Longtime Partner Dead at 48

Rachel Owen died of cancer on Sunday

(Newser) - Rachel Owen, the former longtime partner of Radiohead frontman Thom Yorke, died Sunday following a battle with cancer. She was 48. Owen and Yorke—parents to two children, aged 12 and 15—met as art students at Exeter University before starting a 23-year relationship that ended in August 2015, reports... More »

Radiohead Vanishes Online, Leaves a Few Breadcrumbs

Band sends cryptic postcards to fans, wipes its website and Facebook, Twitter pages

(Newser) - Radiohead has announced a new world tour that kicks off May 20 . A ninth album is said to be forthcoming. On Saturday, some fans received cryptic postcards with only the words: "Sing the song of sixpence that goes / Burn the witch / We know where you live,"... More »

Got 18 Days to Spare? Thom Yorke Has a New Song

Radiohead singer's new piece is 432 hours

(Newser) - Radiohead's Thom Yorke has supplied a piece of music to accompany an art exhibit in Australia, and if you started listening to it today, you'd be done on June 17. Yes, his "Subterranea" is 432 hours, or 18 days, long. And as the Independent reports, "no... More »

Thom Yorke Slams Spotify, Pulls Music

Streaming is no good for new artists, he says

(Newser) - Spotify is all the rage at the moment, but according to Radiohead frontman Thom Yorke, the streaming service is not good for musicians—at least not when it comes to new music. Things got rolling yesterday, when producer Nigel Godrich started tweeting against Spotify. Then Yorke picked up the cry,... More »

Radiohead's 'Genius' Again on Display in King of Limbs

Album comes out a day in advance

(Newser) - Radiohead’s new album, The King of Limbs, has appeared a day early—and the reviews are already pouring in. Here’s what critics have to say:
  • “The angst has gone,” writes Lucy Jones in the Telegraph . “There’s none of the anger of Hail to The
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New Radiohead Album Hits Web Saturday

Band continues to self-release; download available Saturday

(Newser) - Radiohead is rolling out new album The King of Limbs this Saturday in digital format, the Telegraph reports, and it's once again forgoing a trifling thing like a record label. (The band notably self-released 2007's In Rainbows.) Fans eager to hear the album ASAP will have to take advantage... More »

Wake Up: Radiohead Kinda Sucks

Thom Yorke doesn't care if you like him, and honestly, you shouldn't

(Newser) - We all listen to them, grin plastered on our face, blocking out “that guilty nagging feeling that actually, in some ways, when you think about it… Radiohead kinda blow.” Everyone’s convinced Radiohead defines the cutting edge, but Chris Norris of Spin isn’t fooled. Go to one... More »

Yorke, Flea in Unholy Union

Radiohead frontman teams up with 'sock-penised' Red Hot Chili Peppers bassist

(Newser) - Radiohead purists, prepare yourselves: Frontman Thom Yorke is teaming up with, of all people, Flea from the Red Hot Chili Peppers. The "sock-penised" bassist, along with Beck drummer Joey Waronker, percussionist Mauro Refosco, and Radiohead producer Nigel Godrich, will back Yorke up as he performs material from his 2006... More »

Radiohead: No More Albums

(Newser) - Radiohead has recorded its last album, frontman Thom Yorke told the Believer in a recent interview. Instead, the band will focus on download-only singles and EPs. “None of us want to go into that creative hoo-ha of a long-play record again,” he said. Though the band believes there’... More »

Radiohead Stuns With Anthem for WWI Vet

(Newser) - Radiohead made waves when they let fans download their last album for whatever price they wanted, yet a new online-only track has been released in the past week to far less fanfare. "Harry Patch (In Memory Of)" commemorates the last British veteran of World War I, who died last... More »

Radiohead Inspires Short-Lived Museum

Tower Records outlet in Tokyo displays rarities from act—but only until tomorrow

(Newser) - A Tokyo music store is turning itself into a Radiohead museum, notes blogger Taeko Saito—but fans have only another day to get there. The Tower Records outlet in Shibuya has rare records and footage on display, and even towels used to wipe the sweat off frontman Thom... More »

50 Top Pop Brainiacs

Lennon, Marley, Berry rock on

(Newser) - "Towering natural abilities" and "exceptional creative powers" infuse the most memorable music of generations, forged by Blender's top 50 pop-music geniuses. The top 10:
  1. Bob Dylan: Each of his brave self-reinventions is "an authentic American original."
  2. John Lennon: "His drive pushed the Beatles from a
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Ugh! 10 Worst Smiles in Music

Some rockers seem to have chronic dental hygiene problems, gold grill addictions

(Newser) - Inspiring melodies and tongue-twisting rhymes may issue from their pipes, but for some rockers the sound passes through a terrifying portal. Blender inspects the 10 worst sets of teeth in music, starting with the bottom of the barrel.
  1. Pogues frontman Shane McGowan's utterly decomposed dents
  2. Amy Winehouse's missing canine
  3. Young
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Radiohead to Webcast Show on New Year's Eve

Tech-savvy group celebrates 'new' CD

(Newser) - Radiohead will celebrate the CD release of its buzz-generating new album In Rainbows by streaming a pre-recorded concert on its website at midnight on New Year’s Eve. The band broke new ground by first releasing the album online under a pay-what-you-want formula. The New Year's Eve show will include... More »

2 Music Pioneers Talk Shop

David Byrne and Thom Yorke like modern access to audiences

(Newser) - David Byrne and Thom Yorke don’t have much of anything nice to say about record labels, but they’re both excited about the contemporary musician’s access to audiences. The famous frontman from Talking Heads interviews the Radiohead impresario for Wired, and the latter says it was an “... More »

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