Rock and Roll 101:

There’ll always be those “Big Bands” out there—the ones everyone seems to think define a genre (for better or for worse).

Consider R&R101 your weekly cheat sheet to genre defining music.


British rock band that dominates stereos of fans age 12-100. Features brilliant sound (think: heavy pop rock guitar melodies with an electronic twist; robots) and even better lyrics (think: angst/alienation/awesome). Thom Yorke – singer. Incredible. Antisocial. Weird eye. Frequently depressed.

Start with 1997’s Ok Computer to “get it”.  The thing is so full of LAYERS and BEAUTY and THOUGHT. This album had some phenomenal reviews and gained great critical acclaim throughout the music world, giving Radiohead street cred among its peers and making it a favorite of CD players everywhere. Changes in sound followed in subsequent albums Kid A and Amnesiac, but so did a loyal fan base who were hardly disappointed by the band’s evolution toward 2003’s searing Hail to the Thief. Radiohead’s latest album, In Rainbows, was released online in 2007.

Above the “Pyramid Song” is from Amnesiac

Starving students rejoiced—payment amounts were optional. Hooray! New tracks from the band are imminent, as they’ve been recording a new project since 2008. Hooray pt. 2! 


For an A La Mode Road Trip: Play The Bends from start to finish.

Thank me later. 


Carmen B.