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1998 saw alt rock flag-bearers R.E.M. and Smashing Pumpkins embrace electro, but at what cost? Sam Lambeth looks back.
Radiohead's gig next week in Israel is causing a big debate - where do you stand?
They shimmer and float in the distance, intangible and yet addictive. Not anthemic and yet all pervading. A band that can fill stadiums with none of the bombast and simple tricks of the form and spellbind the audience with their introverted songs. A band that you can’t even see, hidden behind a light show and giant screens that never show their faces creating a hovering mystique and leaving the quixotic and experimental music to somehow pull the audience in. This rare for stadium rock and there is a sense of adventure with fluctuating set lists with strange and beautiful songs plucked at random from their impressive releases and a seductive intelligence and emotional subtlety that pulls you in without beating you around the head like is the norm for these huge gigs.