Thom Yorke’s Smile Lights up the Bill Graham Civic

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It’s always exciting when a music legend comes to town, but when it’s Thom Yorke of Radiohead fame it’s almost a religious experience. Last night the iconic 90s singer introduced us to his latest project, The Smile, to a sold-out crowd at the Bill Graham Civic Auditorium.

Thom’s latest project grew out of the pandemic. All that time apart and with no creative outlet led Johnny Greenwood, also in the band Radiohead, to reach out to his lead singer to begin collaborating. They enlisted the drumming talents of Tom Skinner from Sons of Kemet and off they went.

Their music has been described as progressive rock with unusual time signatures and complex rhythms and last night all were on display for what was a very memorable night. Check out some photos of what transpired below.

Courtesy of Louis Raphael

With a discography that includes albums on Digital Nations (a Steve Vai imprint), music critic Louis Raphael has always kept a pulse on the San Francisco music scene. After years as the San Francisco Music Examiner for and, he decided to start Music in SF® as a way to showcase what the San Francisco music scene really has to offer.

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