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Published: Tuesday, April 10, 2012, 1:05 p.m.

In spectacle and sound, Radiohead delivers

  • Radiohead played to a sold-out audience Monday, April 9, at KeyArena.

    Courtesy of LiveNation.

    Radiohead played to a sold-out audience Monday, April 9, at KeyArena.

  • Thom Yorke of Radiohead performs at the Glastonbury Music Festival in Glastonbury, England, in June. Radiohead played a sold-out show at Seattle's Key...

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    Thom Yorke of Radiohead performs at the Glastonbury Music Festival in Glastonbury, England, in June. Radiohead played a sold-out show at Seattle's KeyArena on Monday night.

Rarely during Monday night's two-hour show did Radiohead begin a song.

No, Radiohead exploded to create complex sounds and rhythms, mixed with lush melodies and driven by a bass line so powerful it shook KeyArena.

Draped by a trippy digital backdrop lit in hues of green, yellow and magenta, Thom Yorke and the band proved yet again that they own the vanguard of contemporary rock music.

The British band drew from their catalog, playing songs from "Kid A," "OK Computer," and "In Rainbows," but playing mostly from "The King of Limbs."

Despite coming off a three-week break, the band was tight and forceful, even if Yorke needed a cheat sheet to remember lyrics.

It's taken me a while to fully commit to Radiohead, but last night made me a complete convert. Yorke's ethereal voice and the bands innovative approach to music-making are in a category of their own. Combine that with their phenomenal stage show, and I'm looking forward to seeing Radiohead again and again and again.

Radiohead setlist, KeyArena, April 9:
Bloom
15 Step
Airbag
Little by Little
Myxomatosis
The Gloaming
Morning Mr. Magpie
Pyramid Song
The Daily Mail
These Are My Twisted Words
Nude
Identikit
Lotus Flower
There There
Feral
Idioteque

Encore:
How to Disappear Completely
Weird Fishes/Arpeggi
You and Whose Army?
Lucky

Second encore:
Give Up the Ghost
Reckoner
Everything In Its Right Place
Story tags » Rock Music

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