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The thick and thin of Hollywood came out Wednesday night to watch Mr. Thom Yorke DJ poolside at Tropicana Pool & Bar at the Roosevelt Hotel as part of the summer party “NightSwim.” While the Radiohead frontman can sometimes be (unsurprisingly) elusive and aloof during DJ sets, last night, Thom was in a jolly good mood – and hence gave an electrifying – if not down and dirty – DJ set.

He had the crowd grinding from the start of his hip hop and dancehall-heavy set – as he flailed and half-lotus-flower grooved along to the tunes. When he let out the crowd hang on the lines of Madvillian’s “America’s Most Blunted” – “It’s a known fact that grass increases creativity,” smoke and wails rose on queue from the surrounding areas. Then he amped it up with Evil Activities’ “Step Up”…..not even caring that one of the speakers had blown. By the time he breezed into a rendition of “Tenere Taqqim Tossam” (by Tinariwen and Tunde Adebimpe and Kyp Malone from TV on the Radio, at least so we think….) and some Radiohead jams, our minds were thoroughly on fire. The rest of the night is a Tinseltown memory. Full snaps below.

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{ Photos + Words by Faith-Ann Young }