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Radiohead -- Live at Bonnaroo

FOR many, seeing mercurial English art-rockers Radiohead live is like a religious experience. The band doesn't tour much and when it does, its performances continue to push the idea of what a live music event should be.

While the group could show up in any city or festival in the world and roll out the hits, it has chosen a different approach. Pulling heavily from the last few albums and experiments with electronic textures, complex rhythms and moody soundscapes, tracks from Kid A, Amnesiac, Hail to the Thief, In Rainbows and its latest, The King of Limbs, take on a whole new feeling live.

They've been criticized for not continuing to turn out loud, guitar-based albums, but their psychedelic, multimedia-driven stage show, combined with the dynamic, visceral, and at times forceful interpretation of their more recent material has them winning over new fans and somehow satisfying old ones. Although their forays into the electronic world have been received lukewarmly at times, they seem to be more comfortable in that zone then they were even a few years ago. When I saw the band in Tampa this spring, on the second night of the first leg of their North American tour, they pulled out a few classic tracks, but many of these songs turned into giant singalongs that only worked to heighten the energy and anticipation in the building.

You get the feeling Radiohead could be the best rock band in the world if they wanted to, but that's not the path they are interested in creatively anymore. That's OK -- there are enough bands from the '90s hitting the road and recreating those old formulas.

You can stream their recent two-hour performance at the Bonnaroo festival in Manchester, Tenn., on-demand via YouTube.

Anthony Bourdain, Nigella Lawson To Host ABC Reality Cooking Show

FORMER chef-turned-writer-turned-TV personality Anthony Bourdain has been on a roll lately. Not only does he have a new production deal with CNN -- which is on the hunt for content to help fill in the gaps in the 24-hour news cycle and draw a younger demographic -- he has inked a new contract with ABC. The first indication things were going to be different at the news network was when they signed a deal with Vice magazine and their VBS.TV offshoot. Now they've tapped Bourdain to host a weekend food-and-travel show and offer cross commentary on a number of the network's programs.

Over at ABC, Bourdain and Nigella Lawson, two well-known food personalities, have been cherry-picked by the network to host a competitive cooking show. Known for his sharp tongue and pull-no-punches approach, hopefully Bourdain will be able to create some competition for Bravo's Top Chef and the Food Network's Chopped and put the final nail in Hell's Kitchen's coffin, which seems like more and more of a farce every season. His guest appearances and blogs for Top Chef were always a highlight of the show, so hopefully the network gives him enough creative control to carve out an interesting reality food competition.

Anthony Augustine is a freelance music, technology and pop culture writer who spends way too much time in front of a computer. Got a site you think he should see? Email him at or follow him at

Republished from the Winnipeg Free Press print edition June 14, 2012 E3

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