Radiohead Wow Fans With Intimate Austin City Limits Taping
Mikela Floyd


Photo Courtesy of Brooklyn Vegan

A band like Radiohead is not one you'd expect to see in a setting as intimate as the stage at "Austin City Limits". Yet when they announced a long-awaited Austin stop at the Frank Erwin Center (one, it should be noted, which sold out in minutes), a flurry of fan chatter began about whether the band would take their Austin date as an opportunity to make their ACL debut.

And debut they did. Thom Yorke and his bandmates from Oxfordshire took the Austin City Limits stage just past 8PM, after brief opening remarks from ACL producer Terry Lickona. Without even a word to the crowd, Yorke kicked off the set with "Bloom," from the band's latest album, The King of Limbs. But they didn't stick solely to album material; the band treated the die-hard fans Tuesday night to a slew of rare tracks, including B-side "Orgy," a song about the banking industry that Yorke revealed "almost disappeared like a wet fart into the wind." They also performed "Staircase," a new song that's been added into the setlist for most of their 2012 tour thus far.

After a solid set (including a do-over on In Rainbows standout "Reckoning") and an abundance of spastic dancing - a Yorke specialty - the band returned to the stage to close the night with "Paranoid Android," arguably one of their biggest fan favorites to date.

Many were skeptical of how a band like Radiohead would translate in a small setting, but with the uproar of applause that followed each song throughout last night's hour-plus performance, it was clear that no matter the venue, Radiohead are one of music's best live acts.

Radiohead's setlist:

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