June 11, 2016


Radiohead to Throw Global Listening Party for 'A Moon Shaped Pool'

David Wolff - Patrick/WireImage
David Wolff - Patrick/WireImage

Radiohead have always been critical of music streaming services like Spotify and Tidal, and frontman Thom Yorke hasn't minced words when airing his opinion on record labels either.

But on the same day the band's newest record, A Moon Shaped Pool, makes its Spotify debut, the band is coordinating a global listening party in record stores around the world. The June 17 event boats "an exclusive day long audio stream from the band, competitions, instructional artworks and more," according to Radiohead

Radiohead's record store listening party—the overall contents of which are mysterious, because we are dealing with Radiohead, here—will also coincide with first CD and vinyl release of A Moon Shaped Pool, notes Vulture. There's a swath of stores participating across Europe and North America, while a few others in Asia, South America and South Africa are joining in. 

While the band has either lightened up on streaming services or just caved to pressure from fans, the listening party is cool because it bolsters the brick and mortar music retailer—something that's fast being rendered obsolete for people who aren't completely vinyl obsessed.