Radiohead Hummingbird Centre, Toronto ON - June 8, 2006

The frenzy of this two-night residency in Toronto allowed fans to capture the best live (and unsigned) band on the planet on a tour to showcase new material. Radiohead’s second night began on a stage covered in multiple off-shaped screens, opening the festivities with the slow ascension of "The Gloaming,” which climaxed with front-man Thom Yorke dancing like a possessed marionette before the band launched into a set filled with nine new ones. The most radical were "Down Is the New Up,” a groove-based shocker that features Yorke beat-boxing and Johnny Greenwood taking up drums alongside Phil Selway, and "Videotape,” which arises like three separate songs being played at once but aligns properly in your head and becomes a magnum opus unlike anything they’ve done. On the opposite end of the spectrum are "Spooks,” a straight one-minute and three-guitar surf rock instrumental not unlike the Pixies’ "Cecilia Ann,” and "House of Cards,” which can only be described as sounding undeniably like Coldplay. Yes, judging by their new material, the band have stumbled upon some of their most accessible work since the groundbreaking OK, Computer, and it sounded great. But they didn’t forget about bringing the hits. "Fake Plastic Trees” was dropped early like a blinding sneak attack, kick-starting a healthy mix representing everything in the band’s canon. "Idioteque” provided the spastic electronic grooves; "Karma Police” provoked a massive cell phone waving sing-along; "Just” proved they weren’t shy of their commercial past; and "Paranoid Android,” in all of its epic prog greatness, was about the finest performance of any song I’ve ever witnessed live. Best of all though was the five-piece’s ability to keep the mood light in between the seriousness of their resolute songbook, with Yorke in full smiles toying with a piano cam during "You and Whose Army.” Judging by this, things are going to change yet again — and for the better.