Radiohead: Don't Call It Art Rock

July 31 [14:00 EDT] -- Radiohead's new album, "O.K. Computer," might be full of sprawling, epic rock tunes, but don't call it a concept album.

While critics have pointed to the band's extended tracks and general artiness as signs of a return to the art rock of the 70s, Radiohead frontman Thom Yorke says that's not the point.

"The title is like a false phrase," Yorke told MTV News. "It's like an empty phrase, you know. It expresses panic but it sort of expresses positive. It's positive and negative at the same time. It's terror of what's to come, basically, that's what it is. So if people lay that back on the record itself, that's cool. But to say it's a theme record... I don't even think 'Sgt. Pepper's' is a theme record." [2MB QuickTime]

Yorke recently pulled himself from his Radiohead brethren to enter a San Francisco recording studio with DJ

Shadow to crank out a track for "The UNKLE Project." The product of this partnership, a tune called "The Rabbit In Your Headlights," features Yorke belting out his lyrics over Shadow's music.

Yorke, of course, has since returned to the Radiohead camp, and the band is now in the midst of a U.S. tour. Here's where you can catch the band:

  • 8/2 - Seattle, WA @ Kitsap Bowl
  • 8/3 - Portland, OR @ Timberbowl
  • 8/6 - Minneapolis, MN @ State Theater
  • 8/7 - Chicago, IL @ Riviera Theatre
  • 8/8 - St. Louis, MO @ Galaxy
  • 8/10 - Atlanta, GA @ Masquerade
  • 8/12 - Washington, D.C. @ 9:30 Club
  • 8/13 - Pittsburgh, PA @ Metropol
  • 8/15 - Detroit, MI @ State Theatre
  • 8/16 - Cleveland, OH @ Lakewood Civic Center
  • 8/18 - London, ONT @ The NAC
  • 8/19 - Toronto, ONT @ Arrow Hall
  • 8/20 - Ottawa, ONT @ Congress Center
  • 8/22 - Montreal, QUE @ Metropolis
  • 8/23 - Boston, MA @ Harbor Lights
  • 8/24 - Philadelphia, PA @ Electric Factory
  • 8/26

    - New York, NY @ Hammerstein Ballroom