Friday, March 16, 2012

Live Review: Other Lives and Radiohead, Arena, Glendale, March 15

Posted By on Fri, Mar 16, 2012 at 6:00 PM

Straight out of Oklahoma and brandishing a southern-flavored style of stoner rock, Other Lives managed to quell the wicked temper of Thom Yorke's groupies and rabid Radiohead fans alike as they opened for Glendale's sold-out performance at the Arena.

Frontman Jesse Tabish's lowing melodic voice carries with it all the gravitas of something you would expect in a Radiohead pairing— but backup vocalist and cellist Jenny Hsu provides a dreamlike falsetto that blends Other Lives' crunchy guitar and heavily constructed moody sound with the innocence and freshness of a glockenspiel.

As the band crooned about subjects like "moving westward," Hsu's ultralight voice mixed with a well-placed reverb pedal lulled the audience into a hypnotic and satisfied sense of captivation.

Overall, Other Lives was a perfect blend of bands like Wilco, The National, and Sleepy Sun but with more of a multi-instrumentalist kick than usual. Keep an eye out for them.

Radiohead wowed fans as usual with their over-the-top wundershow, complete with 18 gigantic revolving LED plasma screens live-recording the artists' faces as they laid out favorite jams old and new.

Personally, I find Radiohead's newer stuff to be extremely boring, but even their newest techno-stripped beats were visually dazzling. As I stood in the crowd on the floor, hundreds towering over my measly 5'2" stature, I watched Yorke and fellow Radioheads bop around to what I imagine was the majority of APS's power load last night.

Whether you're a superfan or a casual listener, Thursday's show was a blast of sound and visuals to say the least.

Oh, and Yorke ended the show with "Paranoid Android". And even I kind of lost it.

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