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ESCAPE FROM RADIOHEAD

THOM YORKE’S RED-HOT SIDE PROJECT WITH FLEA!

One might have hoped that Thom Yorke’s disappointing solo debut, 2006’s The Eraser, would wipe out any notions he had of ever breaking off from Radiohead again. But despite being leader of one of the biggest bands on the planet, Yorke has never really played it safe. Fortunately Amok-the debut album from his side project Atoms for Peace-is no letdown. The group includes another alt-rock god, Red Hot Chili Peppers bassist Flea, and Nigel Godrich, who has been behind the boards for every Radiohead album since 1995’s The Bends. The latter, as both producer and programmer, makes this electronica-infused effort sound like it could be the follow-up to 2011’s The King of Limbs. But the ever-funky Flea deepens the groove of hypnotic jams like “Unless.”

PHILLIP PHILLIPS

MY TOP 5 MUSIC IDOLS

With a new single, “Gone Gone Gone,” and a college tour kicking off March 19, the American Idol, 22, shares his inspirations.

BOB SEGER

The older I’ve grown, the more I appreciate his music-it’s timeless. He tells really good stories through his songs, and that’s what I aim for when I’m writing.

AC/DC’S ANGUS YOUNG

He’s my first hero, one of the first guys I saw shred the guitar. I was like, “Dang, that’s some hard-core stuff!” I thought he was a god and tried to play just like he did.

DAVE MATTHEWS

I got into him in high school. He inspired me to do interesting things on the guitar and sing in different ways. I always try to challenge myself that way.

JONNY LANG

At first I was like, “Who’s this old blues black guy singing?” Come to find out he’s this white kid! If I could have anybody’s voice, it would be his.

ALANIS MORISSETTE

She just speaks her mind and doesn’t give a crap-I really respect that. Plus she’s great live. When I met her, I was dumbfounded. I got really nervous and didn’t know what to say!

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